coaledsweat wrote:After you carry one of those cast iron radiators up two flights of stairs you will find out why they went to copper baseboard. It also provides for a more evenly heated room.
But copper baseboard (at least the ones I've lived with) are noisy. Every time the heat cycles, they pop, groan, and creak as they expand. Cast iron radiators (or baseboard, I surmise) is relatively silent, although steam heat has it's own hisses and gurgles.
Europe has the nicest heating systems. Either it's underfloor hot water or these very attractive, slim hot water radiators. Each room has a thermostatically controlled valve on the radiator that maintains the room temp and the boiler (usually a tiny little gas boiler) will cycle to maintain the aquastat. It also supplies domestic hot water.
Unfortunately, most of Europe doesn't have air conditioning in homes, and I've spent a few July and August months in Holland and it can get pretty warm and humid there.