Heating

Fireplace Blowers

If you are not getting the heat you think you should be out of your gas, wood, gel or pellet fireplace, then you may well be in need of a fireplace blower.

Fireplace blowers are made to blow air further into the room that the fireplace is located in so that the heat isn’t all wasted in one small area of your home. A fireplace blower will assist your fireplace in heating the entire room or sometimes the entire home as well, making it more efficient.

How a Fireplace Blower Works

Hydronic Floor Radiant Heating

Heat transfer by radiant heating works through the flow of heat from the warmer material to the cooler, at a rate proportionate to the existing temperature difference. Radiant heating is the principle used in heat sources such as electric space heaters, sun lamps, fireplaces, open campfires, and so on. A hydronic radiant floor heating system uses either a heat pump, boiler or water heater to heat water, and some type of circulator which pumps the heated water through a series of tubes located underneath the surface of the floor.

Forced Air Heating Duct Maintenance

Ducts for forced air heating should be inspected annually. Heating ducts reach all through your house, and need to be inspected by a professional for energy-wasting leaks, excess dust that can constrict airflow and absorb heat, and dampers which may need adjustment and rebalancing for optimal heating efficiency.

The typical home ducting system will include an electronic air cleaner or physical filter placed between the returning circulated air flow and the heat exchanger. You should replace or clean the filter after 4 to six weeks of use, whether usage is for heating or air conditioning.

Downflow vs Upflow Furnace Comparison

Providing an overview of how you might set about comparing domestic downflow and upflow furnaces is a relatively straightforward process. The ‘flow’ of a domestic furnace actually refers to the path by which the heat is output from the furnace. A point which many people find surprising, as they automatically presume it will refer to the cold air flow into the furnace, in order to make the heat generated more or less intense.

3 Types of Domestic Furnace Flow

There are in fact three types of furnace flow, with the commonest ones being upflow and downflow.

Furnace Not Heating

Furnace not heating the house? There are a few things you can check while waiting for a repair person to show up. It’s important to keep the house warm, your health and that of your family depends on the warmth a furnace provides, particularly in the cold of winter. First of all, make sure that someone has not in advertently turned down the thermostat , as obvious as it may seem. Turn the thermostat’s temperature dial up about 10 degrees above your normal setting and give it minutes to see if it the heat comes on again.