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Learn about Steam Radiant

Steam Radiant

Steam radiant heating consists of boiling and condensing water; steam moves through piping and does not require pumps.

A steam radiant heating system is unlikely to be an option for new construction or renovation today. If you have a steam heating system in an existing house, look for a qualified steam heating company to maintain it. Also, consider switching to a lower temperature hot water system.

Steam radiant heating is uncommon in homes now, because steam heat is at a very high temperature and can be tricky to control. Steam heating systems also on average have greater losses and lower efficiency than hot water systems.

Steam radiators were some of the earliest heat distribution devices, because steam will move through pipes based on the pressure of its production in the boiler, without needing a pump. At the time when steam heating was developed, electric pumps were not available.