Maintenance of Your In-Floor Heat
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In-floor heat has been used for millenniums. It is the oldest form of climate control. People living in Northern Canada used to fill stone trenches under homes with hot smoke to warm the space. Greeks and Romans used hypocausts, to pump hot air into floor and wall space, to warm public buildings and bath houses.
Benefits of In-Floor Heat
More modern forms of in-floor heating use piped water, air or electricity to warm floors, walls and sometimes even ceilings. Your home or business stays toasty warm without ducts blowing air, dust and allergens throughout your space. In-floor heating provides even, consistent temperatures and better comfort levels than other heating systems. That’s because, unlike forced air heat that rises and mostly ends up around your ceiling or escaping through doors and windows, in-floor heat is concentrated closer to the floor where you need it.
Because so much less heat is wasted, radiant heat is also very energy efficient. Depending on how the space is constructed and insulated, in-floor heat can operate as much as 25% to 35% more efficiently.
Maintenance of Your In-Floor Heat
You know that you need to have your furnace and air conditioning systems furnace and air conditioning systems cleaned each year to keep them running at their best. But since it doesn’t have filters to change and ducts to clean, you may not realize that your in-floor heat system needs to be regularly inspected and maintained as well. Here’s what needs to be done to keep during the maintenance of your in-floor heat system.
In-Floor System Inspection and Pressure Check
Bring in an HVAC service professional with expertise in in-floor heat to do a thorough inspection of your system, which can be done along with yearly service of boilers and other equipment.
The technician will start by checking the pressure in your system. An in-floor heating system is a closed system and should maintain consistent pressure. If the pressure is low, there’s a leak in the pipes, which is problematic for several reasons:
- If the system is operating at low pressure, it’s not working as effectively and efficiently as it should, which increases energy consumption and runs up your utility bills.
- If the pipes are made of copper, leaks can often be repaired fairly easily. If they are made of steel, the entire pipe may need to be replaced.
- If you have a water-based in-floor heat system, leaking pipes lead to corrosion and rust which can mean much more serious problems.
Check The Condition of Pumps and Valves
The other important component that needs to be checked in an in-floor heating system is the pump. Normally it operates so quietly that you don’t even know it’s there. But if it starts getting louder, it may be a sign of a problem.
Your HVAC tech will clean the pump and check the condition of the pressure release valve and reducing valve. Failure of these valves is the main reason that pumps need to be replaced. If yours is in poor condition, your tech can replace parts and prevent your system from going down on the coldest day of the year.
Regular maintenance of your in-floor heating system will keep your home or business toasty and comfortable for many years to come.
Contact JOB Heating and Air Conditioning to have an HVAC professional conduct a thorough maintenance inspection of your HVAC unit and address any problems it may be having. With regular maintenance from experts, your HVAC unit will produce lower energy costs, increase its efficiencies and leave you never having to worry about the maintenance yourself.
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