Adding Zones to and old Hot Water system
Ok, been a long time since I have gotten to be here at Breaktime, and it seems longer since I have had time to work on the house.
I have been deployed since 2005 and well let me say the honey do list is a novel that seems like it will be longer than War and Peace.
I just finished a complete remodel of the Kitchen, while I have been on leave, and the next project is as the wifey says, “Make it warm upstairs.”
I am a definite hands on type, and frankly want to add zones to my heating system.
I have a boiler that feeds Radiators, throughout the house on four levels.
Basement has Radiators, as does the Second Floor Bedrooms.
The First floor is split with Baseboard and two Radiators in the Kitchen.
I want to change out the Radiators in the two used bedrooms for baseboard, simply for space, the placement of the Radiators stops the closet doors from being able to be opened fully. Go figure.
In addition I want to Zone the floors separately.
Admittedly, this is the weakest of all my skills. Well that and figuring out how to shorten the honey do list, it just keeps growing.
I have all the mechanical skill to do the work, frankly I need a little bit of, “Hey Sarge, buy that and put it there advice.”
I am very fortunate in that in the basement the heating pipes and branches are all exposed, although painted and pealing.
Basically I have an independent supply and return loop that feeds each fixture . I can see and trace each feed and am able to determine where it goes. My thoughts are to cut the feed and supply to each fixture, tie it in with PEX and run it back to the boiler where I would like to split the system into three separate Zones.
And now as to the reason for the post, how do I control the zones independently?
Books, Drawings or sketches on a napkin would be a great help, My motto is K.I.S.S.
Incidentally, Where the Radiators are staying are more for convenience and nostalgia and not as much for need or efficiency.