If you are building an apartment building with multiple units, you will need to choose the appropriate type of heating system for your needs. Though forced air heating is quite common in residential buildings, steam boilers actually work very well for multi-unit apartment structures. Here are a few reasons to consider steam boiler heating for your space.
You don't have to accommodate ducts.
Space is often at a premium in apartment buildings. The larger your individual apartments, the more you'll be able to charge for rent -- and the more appealing those apartments will be to tenants. If you were to choose forced air heating, you'd have to leave big spaces in your walls to accommodate ducts. However, steam boiler heating delivers the hot steam through narrow pipes that fit into narrow wall spaces. Narrower wall spaces mean more open space for your apartment units and hallways.
The heat is quiet.
In an apartment building, you want to do all that you can to keep noises to a minimum. Though blowing from a forced air furnace is not overly noisy, the noise can accumulate when you're heating multiple units at once, resulting in a pretty loud space in the winter. Steam boiler heating is nearly silent as long as the radiators are adjusted properly. Residents with small children will especially appreciate this since their kids won't wake up whenever the heat kicks on.
Allergy sufferers won't suffer.
So many people suffer from indoor allergies, whether they be to mold spores, dust mites, or pet dander. When you have a multi-unit apartment building, you can bet that some of your residents will be allergy sufferers. You can also bet that some residents won't be as good about cleaning up dust as others. With a forced air system, dust and other irritants are constantly being circulated from apartment to apartment. Pet dander from one apartment may end up in another. With boiler-style heating, there's no air or allergens circulated through the units, so allergy sufferers can breathe easier. You're more likely to attract tenants with allergies as they often look specifically for units with this type of heating.
Steam boiler heating is sometimes seen as outdated, but while it is not used as often for single-family homes, it still has its place for multi-unit apartment buildings. To learn more about the pros and cons of this heating system, talk with an HVAC contractor, such as CHAMBERS MECHANICAL SERVICES, in your area.