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16
Aug
Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air

Before you invest in a new heating system, make sure you learn about all of the many options available on the market today.

 

Blog Highlights

  • There are several different types of heating systems to choose from
  • It takes time and a lot of energy for a gas-fired space heater to warm multiple rooms
  • Radiant floor heating is efficient and allows for a lot of personal control

If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you know how important it is to have a reliable and efficient heating system during the winter. When it comes to heating your home or office, there are several different types of heating systems to choose from. Gas is the most common and popular form of heating, but you can also heat with geothermal, boiler, or electric systems, among others.

Gas-Fired Space Heaters 

If you are only interested in heating one room or your residence is not too big, then gas-fired space heaters may be a good option for you. Gas-fired space heaters do not have ducts and are not capable of heating large spaces. It takes time and a lot of energy for a gas-fired space heater to warm multiple rooms. These heaters run on natural gas, propane, or kerosene. The best models use sealed combustion air. This process requires pipes to provide air and remove byproducts from the heating process. The unit can be mounted on the wall or left free-standing.

Radiant Floor Heat

While expensive to install and slightly restrictive when choosing carpets and floor finishes, this method of heating is efficient and allows for a lot of personal control. Heat radiates from pipes under the floor. Heated water moves through the system of pipes and warms the designated areas. This system utilizes the principal that heat rises, helping to increase its efficiency.

Ductless, Mini-Split, Multi-Split

While ductwork systems are widely used in the United States, there are some other options on the market, such as ductless heat pumps. Ductless heat pumps utilize refrigerant lines instead of water or forced air to heat the rooms. By using refrigerant lines, this means that you essentially have one system that functions as your heater and air conditioner. In the end, this type of system can be very cost-effective.

Combined Heat and Power

CHP or cogeneration is a method of heating that has not yet become popular, but in the future may be something to consider. A small generator provides electric power to the house. The heat that results from running the generator is harnessed and used to heat the house through a hydronic or water-to-air system. Additionally, the collected “waste” energy can be used to heat water for the home.

 

Do you need to replace your heating system or install a new system? We at Tingey Plumbing can help you choose the best system for your home. Call us today!

09
Aug
Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air

It is important to prepare your furnace for winter. Learn what you can do to keep your furnace running safely and efficiently.

 

 

Blog Highlights

  • It is important to confirm that your furnace is working efficiently and safely
  • Regular maintenance can help keep your furnace in good working order
  • The best course of action to prepare your furnace for winter is to call an HVAC professional

If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you need to make sure your furnace is prepared for winter. In order to keep your home warm and safe throughout the winter, it is important to confirm that your furnace is working efficiently and safely.

 Regular maintenance can help keep your furnace in good working order. Change your filters at least every three months, if not monthly. A good way to know how often to change your filter is to check it after the first month. If it is relatively clean you can wait to change it, if not then replace it immediately. Buy your supply of filters during the summer when they're on sale. This way you'll be stocked and ready when the temperature drops and the snow starts falling.

 Make sure any items that could catch fire are placed a safe distance from the furnace. Similarly, clear away any objects that might be blocking any air ducts or vents. If you're operating a gas furnace, check the levels. You don't want to run out of propane in the middle of a snowstorm. Consider having your tank filled in the warmer months as gas prices are usually lower.

 The final step to prepare your furnace for winter is in regard to water radiators. If you have hot water radiators, you should bleed the valves. Simply open the valves and keep them open until you see water. This ensures that the radiators are ready to work well throughout the winter.

 Of course, it might be more prudent and simpler to call an HVAC professional for an inspection. He will clean the furnace and the ducts, check for leaks, and change the filter, verifying that everything is ready for the winter months. 

If you're getting ready for winter in Salt Lake City or Park City, we at Tingey Plumbing can help make sure your furnace is safe and operational. Call us today!