HEATING Central heat, hot water, point-of-use, and more

Our selection of incisive recent articles on heating old houses features technologies old and new, upgrades, retrofits, green energy, and expert advice.

Material comes from Old-House JournalArts & Crafts HomesTraditional Building, and web-exclusive contributions by the trade.

During major renovation—when a whole new HVAC system is part of the plan—it’s smart to consider today’s heating and cooling technologies and fossil-free alternatives. Most old-house owners, however, resort to upgrades, add-ons, and a mix of solutions to make heating more sustainable and affordable. The articles that follow address everything from repairing a cast-iron radiator to in-ground geothermal systems.

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ARTICLES ON SYSTEM UPGRADES

Repairs and Efficiency for Radiators

Smart(er) Old Houses & Boosting Efficiency

Options, Add-ons, and Comfort

Upgrades Without Starting Over

ARTICLES ON DOMESTIC WATER HEATING

Hot Water Options

Hot Water in Small Packages

ARTICLES ON NEWER SYSTEMS & RETROFITS

New Options Explained: mini splits, hi-velocity mini-duct systems, slim radiators & more

Introduction to Mini Splits

Geothermal Installations

How Solar Fits In

Suppliers: A comprehensive list of HVAC companies

Suppliers: To-the-trade 


Tags: heating

By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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