- Why You Should Get an Energy Audit
Energy consumption is a baffling problem for most old house owners. Learn more about how getting an energy audit can help.
- 2 Basics Fixes for Radiator Problems
Learn about the most common radiator problems and some solutions to help you fix them.
- Is Your Old Chimney in Workable Condition?
Use this quick guide to help you determine whether your chimney is safe to use.
- Interior Walls: Insulation is a Sound Decision
If you are remodeling, use the opportunity to put some sound insulation in your interior walls.
- Get Cozy! Learn the Basics of Insulation for Your Old House
Adding insulation to an old home can be a great investment since it may help you save on heating and cooling costs. Consider these tips on adding insulation to your old house.
- Is spray-foam insulation a health hazard?
A potential for lingering odor and even an impact on health may give you reason to consider options other than spray-foam insulation. Learn more about this type of insulation and your options.
- Foam insulation: not exactly historically accurate
Despite some drawbacks, there's a good case for using spray-in foam insulation. Learn more about the pros and cons of using this type of insulation in your old house.
- Field Repairs for a Cast Iron Radiator
Patching a leak with epoxy is certainly easier than yanking the radiator, but will it really work?
- Radiator Repair Won't Hold Water - Replace it.
A follow up from our previous Q&A article, "Field Repairs for a Cast Iron Radiator."
- How to Locate, Inspect, Test and Repair your Home Heating Oil Tank
If you own a vintage home, chances are it has or had a home heating oil tank, either above or underground. No matter how diligent you are, eventually old oil tanks may begin to deteriorate. Learn to provide proper care so your oil tank functions properly.
- Can a heating system survive 30 years of inactivity?
The old boiler will have to go, but radiators and supply pipes are an open question
- Steam Heating: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Our home inspector made a comment about old boilers being an outdated, inefficient way of heating. What do you think about steam systems?
- Testing Pipes on an Inactive Hot Water Boiler System
The old boiler will have to go, but radiators and supply pipes are an open question. Can a heating system survive 30 years of inactivity?
- Gravity hot-water heating
From a leading expert, everything you've ever wanted to know about hot-water heating.
- Gravity hot-water heating (continued)
How to modernize a system, plus many more tips & answers
- Old boilers - a cause for concern?
Condition, not age, a primary consideration in evaluating older heating systems
- Sizing Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
New systems are more efficient than the ones they replace. Size them right for comfort and savings.
- Historical mechanical systems
The 19th Century brought central heating as well as piped water and gas. Here are suggestions on what to preserve -- and how.
- Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings
Climate Control and Preservation, Planning A New System, Overview of HVAC Systems, HVAC Do's and Don'ts