Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Treat Yourself to a New Thermostat for the Upcoming Winter Weather

Monday, October 12th, 2015

You don’t have to wait until your heating and air conditioning systems need service before installing a new thermostat. You can have a new thermostat installed today that makes it easier to control conditions in your home to your precise specifications. Upgrade a faulty thermostat today or one that doesn’t quite meet your needs by calling your local air conditioning and heating technicians. In today’s post, have a peek at your options, and learn why a professional installation is generally best.

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How to Get Your Swamp Cooler Ready for Winter

Monday, October 5th, 2015

It’s important to winterize your evaporative cooler (also known as a swamp cooler) each fall in order to prevent freezing, keep mold and mildew from developing, and possibly prolong the lifespan of your system. Follow our tips so that you won’t have to worry about any urgent service needs in the spring.

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A Quick Guide to Getting Your Furnace Ready for the Fall

Monday, September 14th, 2015

In just a few short weeks, you’ll most likely be shutting off your air conditioner for the rest of the year. Is your furnace prepared for the workload to come? One of the most neglected services in HVAC is the annual furnace maintenance visit. But as any technician will tell you, this is one of the best steps you can take to prepare your heating system for the fall. Take a look at why this is, and check out a few more tips for efficient furnace operation.

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Schedule Your Fall Furnace Tune-Up Today!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

With the beauty of fall drawing near and the pleasant change of weather that goes along with it, it’s easy to forget that the chill of winter is not far behind. Is your heating system prepared to handle the extra workload that is soon to come?

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What Are the Advantages of Radiant Heating?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The term “radiant heating” is a bit deceptive, as a radiant heating system does not actually use radiation to heat a space. However, the convective and conductive heat that you feel from your radiant heating system may be some of the most comforting heat you’ve ever had in your home. The majority of homes in the United States use furnaces, but these aren’t always effective at heating a space entirely. Furnaces heat the air, which then blows into a room, but there may be hot or cold spots in the room as it might not be able to fill the entire space.

Radiant heating systems require a boiler to heat water so that it can move through your home. Sometimes, this is done through the use of a terminal unit like a radiator, baseboard unit, fan coil unit, or convector. But in some cases, you can install a piping system under the floor for radiant floor heating. Any type of radiant installation comes with the following benefits.

  • All around comfort – Radiant heating systems don’t heat up the air. They heat up the people and the objects in the room. Most people with radiant heating systems in the home describe this as feeling much more comfortable, as it distributes heat evenly throughout the room, and it makes you feel warmer faster.
  • Energy savings – Radiant heating systems use less energy than furnaces do. While the cost of installation may be somewhat higher than the cost of a forced air heating system, you’ll save more every month and it may eventually offset the cost.
  • No ducts – Ductwork is actually responsible for a lot of different types of issues with forced-air heating systems. Air can leak easily from the ducts, causing a number of heating issues you won’t have to worry about with a boiler.
  • Less maintenance – You’ll never have to change a filter in a boiler as you must with a furnace, and they may even require less professional maintenance as well. Besides that, boilers have fewer mechanical components, which means they may even need fewer repairs.

Installing a radiant heating system takes a lot of time and planning, which is why you want to go with a reputable heating system experienced in installing boilers and terminal units. Call APC Plumbing & Heating to work with professionals experienced in installing boilers in Aurora.

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How Does Ductless Heating Work?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Ductless heating systems used to be favored almost exclusively by apartment complexes and small businesses. Areas that did not need warm air to be transported further than one or two rooms. It wouldn’t make sense to install central heating in such areas, so ductless heaters were used as an alternative. This is by no means the only use for ductless heaters, however. Recently, homeowners have been installing ductless heating as their main method for heating their homes. While it may seem counter-intuitive, ductless heating actually has quite a lot to offer a homeowner interested in installing a new home heating system. Let’s examine how ductless heating works, and how it can benefit you.

Ductless Heating Construction

A ductless heating system is constructed of two units, one installed inside the room and one installed outside of the house. These two units are connected by refrigerant and power lines. The inside unit is often mounted on a wall or the ceiling of the room that it is meant to heat, while the outside unit is installed on an exterior wall of the house. A thermostat can be installed in the room to control the system.

Benefits

Ductless heating works like a heat pump, moving heat from one place to another instead of combusting fuel to create it. When the heat is turned on, the outside unit will siphon thermal energy from the air and into its refrigerant coil. It then sends the charged refrigerant to the unit inside the room, which releases the thermal energy into the air to heat it.

The primary reason that homeowners install ductless heating systems is the level of versatility that they provide. The lack of ducts means that each room will need to have its own ductless heating system. Though this may seem expensive and needlessly complicated, it grants the ability to set a different climate for each room. This is something that a centralized heating system is not capable of doing. Ductless heating systems also avoid the nearly 30% of heat lost on average to duct leaks that central systems have to deal with. Thus, ductless systems both save energy and provide added options compared to other heating systems.

If you’re interested in installing ductless heating, call APC Plumbing & Heating to schedule an appointment for our professional heating services in the Denver area.

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How Does Incorrect Duct Size Affect Your Heating?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Ducts are a vitally important, and all-to-rarely considered, part of your forced air heating system. Though they are naturally unobtrusive and often quiet, ducts require just as much consideration during installation as any other part of your heating system. If the ducts are improperly sized during installation, it can have an enormous negative impact on your heating system’s ability to operate. Let’s examine the consequences of installing ducts that are either too large or too small.

Oversized Ducts

Each forced air heating system is equipped with an air handler, which is designed to move a certain volume of air a set distance. This volume changes depending on the size of the system. The different options for duct sizing are meant to match the different sizes of heating systems and their air handlers, so that the proper amount of air is circulated around the house.

By choosing ducts that are too large, you are providing a lot more area for the air handler to cover. As the system itself is not rated to move air that distance, much less air will actually make it into the various rooms that need to be heated. This leads to a dramatic loss in heat output for the heating system, which is a waste of money for you.

Undersized Ducts

Ducts that are too small for your heating system will result in an increase in static pressure. There are two consequences of this. The first is that your ducts will be much noisier than they should be. This should be easy to detect, as the noise is often so loud as to be extremely distracting. The second issue is that your system will have to work much, much harder to heat your home. The system will have to run longer and longer, to adequately heat your home, which will waste more and more money. Undersized ducts will also shorten your heater’s lifespan, as it won’t be getting enough air circulating through it to work properly.

If you have questions about duct sizing, call APC Plumbing & Heating. We provide quality heating services in the Denver area.

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What Are Some Common Radiant Heating Problems?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Radiant heating systems are a great option for homeowners looking for a more efficient and powerful home heating system. Though they tend to be much more sturdy and reliable than forced air systems, radiant heating systems are just as susceptible to problems as any other heater. Their specific issues tend to be a bit different than other heating systems, however. Let’s take a look at the common problems that affect radiant heating systems.

Leaks

Possibly the most dreaded issue that can affect any hydronic heating system, leaks can drastically decrease the radiant system’s efficiency and cause quite a bit of damage besides. Leaks can happen for any number of reasons, whether because of a faulty pipe or corrosion. The big issue with radiant systems is that the pipes involved are all located behind walls or under the floor. It is difficult to detect leaks in a radiant system, but if you notice water coming up from your floor it’s a pretty good indication that you have one.

Because of their location, leaks in radiant systems can be difficult to get to and fix. In that regard, you’ll just have to trust your professional technician to find the best possible way to repair the leak before it can do too much damage.

Uneven or No Heat

Problems with heat distribution are just as common with other heating systems as with radiant heating. The unique problem with radiant systems is how the flow of regular heat is restricted or cut off. Most often, this is actually due to one or more air bubbles being present in the pipe network, which prevents the water from flowing freely. The way to solve this is to flush all the air out of the system, which you’ll need to have a professional do for you. After that, the issue should be solved. If the problem persists, however, the problem may actually be located in the central boiler.

If you’d like to know more about problems that your radiant heating system may experience, call APC Plumbing & Heating. We provide quality heating repair throughout the Denver area.

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Signs of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Your furnace has a number of parts that allow it to operate, but there are three key components that make up most of the operation: the burner, the blower and the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger works with the burner to generate the heat that is blown into your home, but the heat exchanger also separates the toxic byproducts of combustion and vents them out through your system’s flue. When your heat exchanger develops a problem it can be a potentially dangerous situation as toxic fumes and gases can escape. It isn’t possible to determine if a problem has developed with your heat exchanger visually as the component resides inside your furnace’s cabinet and is at the heart of the system. However, there are some signs that your furnace will give when a heat exchanger has developed a problem, and knowing these signs can go a long way toward knowing when to call for heating repair for your home in Aurora.

  • Flame appearance – a healthy, viable flame in your furnace should burn blue and burn steadily. A flame that is yellow, orange, leans or dances around is an indication that there may be a crack in the heat exchanger, so it’s important to call for help right away.
  • Excess soot – a furnace that is working properly will burn cleanly, leaving very little soot. If you start to see considerable soot in and around your furnace’s cabinet, this is an indication that the unit is not burning cleanly, which can be a result of a cracked heat exchanger.
  • Strong odor – sometimes a faulty heat exchanger can create an odor that smells like formaldehyde. This is not carbon monoxide, as carbon monoxide does not have a smell, but this odor can cause extreme headaches.
  • Excess corrosion – furnaces do not use water for any aspect of heating, so if you are seeing excess corrosion and rust on your unit, it’s important to have a professional check it to make sure components like the heat exchanger have not also become rusty and corroded.

Cracks in the heat exchanger are a serious problem and require the work of a professional as a cracked heat exchanger must be replaced. If you suspect you may be experiencing a problem with your heat exchanger, call APC Plumbing & Heating today and schedule an appointment for heating repair in Aurora.

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Can a Ductless System Heat Enough?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

When using heat pump technology, as you will with a ductless heating system, there can be some concern that the heat pump may not be enough to sufficiently heat your home during very cold weather. This has to do with the way a heat pump works, which we’ll explain more about below. Heat pumps are great systems no matter what season you need them, and when it comes to heating, you can always supplement a heat pump with a back-up heating system. The experts at APC Plumbing & Heating have been helping Denver residents with their heating needs since 1984 and we can help you, too. Have concerns about using a heat pump during winter? Let’s take a look at how they work.

How Heat Pumps Works

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one location to another. They do this with the help of refrigerant. During the winter months, heat pumps absorb heat from the surrounding air, concentrate it, then disperse it to your living spaces; heat pumps can use ducted or ductless systems to do this. The concern during the winter months come when the air temperature drops below 32 degrees for an extended period of time. This is because the available heat in the air decreases, and can force your heat pump to work harder to achieve the heating you need. We certainly see our fair share of cold temperatures during the winter, so one of the best ways to maintain your indoor heat is to augment your heat pump with a back-up heating system.

Working With a Back-Up Heating System

When you use a back-up heating system with your heat pump, the heat pump remains your main source of heating, but can switch to a back-up source of heating, such as a gas furnace, during the colder days of winter. This allows you to have the benefits of a heat pump system while ensuring that you have the heat you want on the coldest days.

A heat pump can be sufficient for your heating but if you have concerns, speak to your APC Plumbing & Heating expert about the installation of a back-up heating system. We offer professional heating services throughout Denver.

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