Radiant heating systems offer a highly efficient and effective form of heating, particularly for homeowners in the Cleveland area -- Ohio winters can challenge a heating system, but radiant systems are keeping Cleveland households cozy year-round.
However, to keep your system running efficiently and effectively, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance for radiant heating systems. A properly trained HVAC contractor specializing in hydronics (not all HVAC contractors have undertaken the needed training in this area) will help to maintain the system's smooth operation and high efficiency, ensuring your home comfort throughout the winter.
The main components of a radiant system that require maintenance are the boiler that heats the water, the pumps that distribute it and the water that runs through the system.
When it comes to your boiler, your technician should:
- Thoroughly inspect the unit for safe operation and signs of wear and tear.
- Clean the unit.
- Replace gaskets and other components that can wear out.
The pumps used in today’s systems are practically maintenance-free. They can effectively use the water that moves through them to lubricate the pump’s components, such as the bearings, and keep them operating efficiently and quietly. But while most pumps can often last about 10 years or more, your annual heating and cooling maintenance check should include an inspection by a professional to ward off potential problems.
In addition, the water in the system should be evaluated every five years or so. The loops that the heated water runs through should have adequate pressure, and this should also be inspected yearly. By checking the pressure, a technician can foresee potential problems, such if water has leaked from the loops, which can cause a decrease in efficiency.
The benefits of a radiant heating system are significant:
- Comfortable, even heat.
- Efficient use of energy.
- No energy losses common with ducted systems.
- Cleaner air.
- Flexible choice of energy sources.
Ensure that you take advantage of these benefits with regular maintenance for radiant heating systems. The experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling are available for a free consultation. Call us today with your maintenance questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our expert radiant heating technicians.
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