There are many different types of heating systems, which include radiant heating. With radiant heating systems, the maintenance and repairs that need to be done are different than conventional forced-air HVAC. These systems need plumbing maintenance to ensure that they are working and do not cause problems in your home. Here are some plumbing maintenance tips to help with caring for your radiant heating as winter comes to an end:
1. Cleaning Your Boiler to Ensure Efficiency for Your Hot Water Needs
As your boiler works hard to provide thermal energy to radiant heating, it becomes dirty. Therefore, as the weather gets warmer and you need your heating less, you will want to clean your boiler. Making sure your boiler is clean will also help ensure it is working efficiently when you only need it for the hot water needs of your home.
2. Changing Filters as Needed to Ensure Your Heater Is Working Efficiently
Just like with conventional HVAC, many radiant heating systems have filters to make them work more efficiently. These may be fuel filters or filters for thermal liquids. As the winter comes to an end, you want to make sure that all the filters of your radiant heating system have been changed to ensure it is working efficiently while you still use your heating and as you use your boiler for the hot water needs of your home.
3. Turning Off and Cleaning Radiators When You No Longer Need Heating
As the winter weather begins to taper off, you will soon no longer need your heating. This is when you will want to turn the heating off. Once you have turned the heating off for the year, you may also want to clean radiators and other equipment to remove dust that has collected and ensure it works efficiently when you need it next winter.
4. Adjusting Valves and Turning Off Heating to Only Use the Boiler for Hot Water
As the weather gets warmer and you turn off the heating, you want to make sure that hot liquid or water is not circulating through the radiators. Therefore, you want to make sure you adjust valves to prevent the water from circulating, which can cause energy waste and your home to be hot when you are trying to keep it cool.
These are some plumbing maintenance tips to care for your radiant heating system as winter comes to an end. If you need help with repairs or maintenance, contact a company like Ongaro And Sons for help with the needs of your radiant heating and plumbing.