Throughout the chilly months of winter, ways to warm the home becomes a priority. Other than the orange glow of the flickering flames of a fireplace, there are two other main ways to generate cozy heat. These are convection and radiant heating.
Most modern furnace systems utilize some form of forced air heating. The principle is fairly simple. Air travels through a series of ductwork and into a furnace. There, the air passes through a filter to be purified and to remove dust particles.
There are a few different qualities of filter on the market and some remove more impurities than others do. After the air has been filtered, it is warmed by the heating mechanism and then blown, or forced, back into the ductwork and circulated into the home.
There is no need to bleed steam radiators, you only have to bleed hot water radiators. Many older building are equipped with radiant steam heat, and this type of heating system operates by circulating the steam from a boiler through a series of pipes and radiators that are run throughout the building.
Steam remains a popular and effective way to heat larger, multi-unit buildings, and while a properly built system can run quietly and efficiently for decades, it can require some maintenance in order to operate as it was meant to.
Part of this may involve cleaning the air vents. The air vents located on the radiator which release excess steam sometimes become clogged. They can be cleaned or replaced if necessary by a qualified repair person.
We are living in a time when home energy costs are climbing at an unprecedented rate. Many home owners are looking for ways to reduce these costs by maximizing the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems that they already have in place. To increase efficiency, many homeowners are utilizing air to air heat exchangers.
Many older homes were not built with sufficient ductwork to handle the efficiency and productivity of modern furnaces. The result is that your furnace, and your wallet, produces a lot of heat that is never utilized in your home.
By learning how to install heating ducts, you can re-route this heat to maximize the energy efficiency and comfort of your home during cold weather. It may seem like a big task, but with the proper information and preparation, you can install your own heating ducts.