I remember them not heating the home well at all and it being VERY expensive (oil heat).
Anyone (who gets cold winters) currently live in a place with radiators?
Please give me your opinions!
Oil is expensive though.
As I understand it, if it's not working well it's probably the boiler rather than the radiators. Or possibly something needs to be cleaned/maintained (by the oil company).
In my town, pretty much everyone has radiators and they are considered very warm. One advantage over baseboards is that they, as the name implies, continue to radiate heat even after the boiler shuts off.
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
I don't know whether to go view the apartment. It's an hour away!
We have a gas boiler and regular (old and big) radiators. Overall I think they do a nice job of heating the rooms. The radiators are very warm to the touch but not so hot as to burn.
The cats absolutely love them
Sometimes air gets in the lines and sort of creates a block to certain branches of the systems. Bleeding the lines of air is really easy, just open the relief valve and let the air out and have a cup handy to catch the water. (close the valve as soon as water starts to come out)
Anyhow, the nice thing about radiators? No ductwork full of dust and other allergens.
Chasing DS since April 2007 and pumping for DD March 2013.
Older rental properties are often under insulated, leaky windows, etc. And older boiler could be very inefficient ... it all adds up to a high heating cost in a cold climate. Radiators CAN be done right, but that takes some expense on the part of the building owner.
We've had radiators in rental apartments, too (4, in fact), and they worked fine, except that they were steam heat, so they made a knocking sound quite often. The hot water ones we have are silent.
Oh, and we've got a 3BR/2.5BA (2000 square foot) house from 1885. It's got the original windows with decent storm windows over them, insulation in only 3 rooms downstairs and none upstairs, and a poorly insulated attic (re-insulating is on our to-do list). We pay about $200/$220 per month on a level payment plan for our oil. However, we're in South Jersey, so our winters aren't ridiculously cold. We get cold snaps that go down into the teens and twenties, but generally stay in the 30's all winter.
I like a nice, programmable thermostat with rather instant changes - doesn't happen with radiators.
Ours get HOT. The one in our kitchen (one there and the other is in the living room) gets hot enough the steam valve does whistle the majority of the time. Our other one doesn't. Ours run hot enough that we usually keep a window cracked all throughout the cold months to help regulate the heat. I did try turning off the one in the kitchen (since it ran the hottest and the kitchen is one of the smaller rooms so it bakes and wasn't safe IMO) but it seemed to mess with the entire set up as a whole. Not sure if mine are tied to each other but I did end up turning it back on.
Our apartment is small enough (600ish sq ft) that we don't get the cold extreme often associated with the slow warm up. We do, however, get the high heats that take longer to get to a comfy temp. Ours do knock when they first turn on but only for a minute or so. I kind of like it for some reason.
We like it though. Our landlord's business is a pump service and he has 24 hour call so if we need an extra kick of heat we can call him and he will happily come out. He also doesn't care if we have every window open in the house to help regulate and told me the other day he likes doing it himself.
I don't think we'd complain much anyhow. We don't have to pay for it. Only real drawback to us is potential safety issues with kids. Mine are old enough and can remember living here before that we don't touch or play around them once it gets cold. Ours put off enough that getting too close is uncomfy anyway. For kids who aren't familiar with our house or are younger (such as crawlers) we are a bit more paranoid. The base on ours don't run as hot so it wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to get a curious crawler over there and reaching out to pull up before noticing the temp. So far though, we haven't had an issue. Most kids seem to catch on fast.
Oh and our winters are seriously freezing! The schools had to drop their "snow day" requirements because the former temp was basically our average for the whole season.
ETA: Because this post isn't nearly long enough. Our building is OLD....1910ish (I can't remember the exact year stamp on the front of the building right now). It used to be an opera house for the town so the apartments are actually conversions of various rooms that were here before. We have leaky windows like mad. Ours heat wonderfully. We don't need to shut doors or block off areas with less use or anything like that. Like I said though, ours is coal based heat. Everyone else who has posted here seems to have gas. I have no experience with that.
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
Now I won't be scared off in the future if I see an apt with radiators.
With apartments it's good to check what floor you are on. Generally I've found anyone above the first floor is set for heat and by the time you get to the top you can leave the windows open practically. lol
DH DS1(5) DS2(2)
I have the old radiators in my house(hot water) and its heated from natural gas. I love them. Like others have said, they continue to heat after the furnace shuts off. If you have a bleed valve on your radiators, which you may have a small key that fits in to it, you need to bleed the air out of them on ocassion. You should have a steady stream of water coming out. Air may spit out at first, then the water will follow. Just have a small cup or something to catch the water. This helps to keep them working well. Also, make sure the shut off valve if you have one, towards the bottom of the radiator is in the full open position. Turn valve counter clockwise for open.
On the plus side you could keep food warm if you set the plate on it (it wasn't hot enough to burn you, but it did get warm) and also served as a humidifier if you put a bowl of water on top to evaporate... and it also dried small items of clothing on top.
ETA: It was gas, not oil.