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Need help balancing my system! (9 Posts)
Need help balancing my system!just replaced radiators on first floor with "cast ray" radiators and thermostat is on first floor, second floor has 38" tall column radiators, when thermostat is satisfied 2nd floor is still cold! so what would be a better solution:
1. put gorton #D on the upstairs radiators and #4 and #5 downstairs, or
2. put vents on the top of the 2nd floor risers and leave the radiators with small vents
in other words whats better venting the risers or the radiators??
Very slow and fastI would try Gorton #4 or on the downstairs radiators the tstat is sensing and a D on the upstairs radiators.
If that gets the upstairs radiators hot then you can figure out what sizes work best and then look at venting the risers fast and the upstairs radiators slower. I remember a post from a few years back where someone tapped the bonnet of a radiator valve so they could mount a vent on it, that might be easier tan adding a nipple and tapping it.
BobSmith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 84,200 BTU, Single pipe steam
Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
N/A November 12, 2013 @ 9:58 PM
base ray???Base ray?? Meaning what... cast iron baseboard??
thisthis is the radiator im using
this helped meThe balancing steam capacity chart helped me do the math.
Cold 2nd floorWhy not put the thermostat up on the second floor? Choose the coldest part of the house.
Make sure your venting is generous.--NBC
re:because im the landlord and live on the first floor there is a tenant on the second floor!
Thanks!thanks everyone for your help!! this site is amazing!!
i bought the chart now i guess i need to start doing my math.
Putting the thermostat where it countsThe Honeywell visionpro will enable you to put a sensor on the second floor, but enable you to have the control. In my 55 rad system, with 7 units,I have the sensor in the coldest wing so as to anticipate the drop in temperature, while I have the control.
Check your main venting.--NBC