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Ensuring Boiler Safety

Ensuring Boiler SafetyIf you’ve recently purchased a home that has a boiler, you may not be familiar with this kind of heating system. Boilers heat water using gas or electricity, then pump the hot water through piping to radiators in each room, or circulate it through tubing installed under the floors. For the well-being of your family, you should ensure boiler safety by following these steps:

Have the Heating System Maintained Annually

A boiler is just like a gas furnace or heat pump in one regard – it needs regular preventive care from a qualified HVAC pro to operate safely. When you schedule an annual system inspection, cleaning and tuneup, a technician will complete a number of safety-centric tasks, including:

  • Verifying correct water pressure, temperature and flow.
  • Checking the water level and testing the low-water fuel cut-off.
  • Inspecting the pressure tank and testing the pressure relief valve.
  • Verifying proper pump, zone valve, and damper operation.
  • Checking for corrosion and cracks in the heat exchanger.
  • Inspecting and cleaning the burner.
  • Cleaning the pilot assembly and orifice, and inspecting the flame sensor.
  • Checking for leaks and the condition of the seals.
  • Lubricating all the system motors.
  • Inspecting the venting system.
  • Checking the wiring and electrical connections.
  • Testing key safety features including the high limit control.

Stay Vigilant About Developing Issues

In between professional maintenance visits, it’s important to stay vigilant for newly-developing problems with your boiler, and call your HVAC contractor for help if you have concerns. Signs of potential safety issues with a boiler include water leaks or puddles near any of the system components, alarming or odd new noises coming from the equipment, and a distinctive sulfur-like or rotten-egg smell that warns you of a gas leak.

Install and Maintain CO Detectors

If you have a gas-fired boiler, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced if it’s not combusting fuel properly. To warn you about the presence of this life-threatening gas, you need to have CO detectors installed throughout your home, then test them monthly and replace their batteries regularly.

 

To learn more about boiler safety, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

Heating Options: Furnace or Boiler

Heating Options: Furnace or BoilerThe differences between forced-air furnaces and boilers, or radiant heating, are numerous. As far as heating options for your home go, Peachtree City is on the southern edge of places where both are viable choices. Which you choose depends on the type of heat you like and your physical preferences.

Comfort Comparisons

Radiant heating is slow and steady, while forced-air furnaces, including heat pumps, warm your air quickly and cool off just as fast. Eventually, a home with forced-air will warm to the point where temperatures are warm all over, but the furnace has to cycle on and off numerous times.

By comparison, a boiler runs continuously until the temperature reaches the thermostat’s settings. The heat radiates from wherever the pipes or tubes are that the boiler feeds. They can be in the floor beneath the carpet or tiles, snaked through baseboard heaters, or as radiators that sit in a room. Each room has a turn-off valve, so if you don’t want it heated, just turn off the heat.

If you don’t like a consistently warm home, radiant heating options may not be ideal for you. Occasionally, this region sees warm weather during the winter months and your home may feel too warm until it cools down. On the other hand, families with young children or aging family members often prefer warm floors and furniture.

Health Aspects of Radiant Heating

People who suffer from airborne allergies or asthma often prefer radiant heating options because they don’t move dust around like a forced-air furnace does. They’re also quieter since there is no fan inside the air handler or ductwork noise.

Lifetime Costs

Boilers cost more initially, but over their lifetimes, they’re actually less expensive to own and operate than forced-air systems. They’re more energy efficient, need less maintenance and break down less frequently. They’ll outlast furnaces by a decade or more.

There are good reasons to choose radiant heating options if you like enveloping warmth and forced-air if you don’t need that constant warmth. For more information, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.