Tune Up Your Heater While You’re Still Using It

feet-warmI’ve been anticipating the warmer weather so much that it has made me over-anticipate air conditioning season.  For this, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies because I feel I am personally responsible for this record-breaking spring.  It’s official; so far this month we are experiencing the coldest April on record.  So, instead of fighting it, I’m going to accept it and talk about heating.  After all, if there is the small possibility that we’ve entered into a new ice age; you’ll want to make sure your heating system is working properly.

Once a year you’ll want to have your gas furnace, radiant heater, or electric heater checked by a trained professional.  While you’re still using your system is the perfect time for a technician to come to your home and determine if there are any problems with it such as holes, leaks, or cracks.  Most people, where it’s readily available, rely on gas to heat their homes.  This form of heating is more affordable than electric, but it does have a downside.  The fumes gas furnaces generate does have the possibility of emitting carbon monoxide into your home.  Properly maintaining your gas heating system will ensure fumes are enclosed in the exchanger before they exit the house through the exhaust vent.

If you’ve opted out of electric or gas heating, it may be because you have radiant heating in your home.  Radiant heat is the oldest type of heating and the most popular, so it certainly is tried and true!  Hydronic floor heating is the oldest and most popular type of radiant floor heating.  Because of the complexity of this system, it requires a trained radiant heating contractor to design and perform the installation.  Although it can be installed under any type of flooring, the complexity and cost of installing the system, along with the long-term maintenance and up-keep required, is not worth the small amount you will save in operational costs if you install it in a small space like a kitchen or bathroom. 

Contact Practical Systems if you have questions about your heating system.  Share this blog and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for continued home comfort tips! 



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