As we head into the depths of winter, our heating systems become increasingly important in our lives. Even if you are experiencing the `milder` winter that Las Vegas usually offers, your home or office heating is still important to be comfortable.
Heating systems in Las Vegas don`t usually get the excessive use that those in colder places do, but it is still important that you know the basics of how heating systems work to be able to understand the potential risks and help to avoid and prevent problems which might occur.
Typically, it will be on the coldest night of the year that you have a problem with your heating – and the same night as everyone else – potentially being expensive when you have to call out your local Las Vegas heating repair team!
So, to help you with understanding your heating system, and in an attempt to help to prevent problems – especially on those cold winter nights, here are 5 things that you need to know about how heating systems work:
1. Filters and Radiators
Most heating systems work either on a forced air system or through radiators. If you have a forced air system, you should make sure that the filters are regularly changed or cleaned. If you have a radiator system, you should bleed the radiators before the winter sets in.
This means that you let the excess air out of the radiators – start by turning on the boiler and make sure that the circulator pump is running. Make sure that you have a container handy to catch the water once that you have opened the valve, and once there is no more air coming out, close the valve.
2. No flow, No heat
One important thing to remember is that if there is no flow of water in your heating system, you will have no heat. By detecting where there is (and isn’t) water which brings the heat, you can begin to detect where a problem is.
Heating contractors in Las Vegas recommend that you get a thermostat to help you to control your heating system. This gives you the chance to be able to control when your heating is turned on and off, making your system more efficient. You can set it on a timer to turn on just before you get up or get home, and likewise, off when you are out or in bed.
4. Turn on regularly
Like anything in life, heating systems can take a while to wake up after a few months of not being used, so try to turn it on every now and again to keep it from ticking over.
Often there are telltale signs of problems in our heating systems which can be detected by your system, radiator or boiler making unusual noises. Be aware of unusual noises and look to find out any issues before they become anything big.
By being `in touch` with your heating system and having a basic understanding of how it works, you can help to diagnose or prevent any potential problems.