What Is a Radiant Heating System?
Most modern heat distribution systems, such as radiators and forced-air ducts, are convective – by circulating heated air through a finite space, they warm the entire volume to a desired temperature. Cooking ovens work on this basic principle as well. By contrast, radiant heating systems deliver heat through a building’s floors or walls, warming adjacent air only indirectly. When installed only in flooring, systems may simply be referred to as “underfloor” or “floor” heating systems. Radiant heating systems are most effective as indoor heat sources, either in a localized area (such as a bathroom) or an entire dwelling. However, some businesses (often restaurants or entertainment venues) and upscale homes use radiant heat to warm patios and other outdoor spaces.
Hydronic (Water) Radiant Heat
HyHydronic radiant heat is the more efficient and popular form of radiant heat in widespread use. Hydronic systems feature corrosion-resistant polyethylene tubes that meet at the home’s boiler and circulate hot water throughout the structure. The boiler itself is controlled by the home’s thermostat, but newer systems typically have zoning valves that control water flow to each room, allowing heat to be reduced or shut off in seldom-used spaces without affecting other parts of the house.
As with electric heating systems, hydronic systems can either run directly through flooring material (wet systems) or heat an insulated air layer beneath the floor (dry systems). Wet hydronic systems can be operated at lower water temperatures (often just 75 to 100 degrees, compared to 120 degrees or higher for dry systems), potentially reducing heating costs. However, dry systems are usually cheaper and faster to install.
It’s worth mentioning that some radiant heating systems use air instead of electrically heated panels or hydronic pipes. However, air-heated floors and walls are intrinsically less efficient than electric or hydronic systems, so these systems are rarely used in residential applications.
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Heat pumps can be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems. We have a wide range of heat pump services—including installation, replacement, repair, and inspection—so you can be sure your heat pump will efficiently keep you cool throughout the summer and warm throughout the winter. If you need one of our heat pump services, contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have!
Heat pumps can be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems. We have a wide range of heat pump services—including installation, replacement, repair, and inspection—so you can be sure your heat pump will efficiently keep you cool through the summer and warm through the winter. If you need one of our heat pump services, contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have!
Heat Pump Installation : If you want to experience the energy efficient heating and cooling of a heat pump in your home, call Quality Cool & Heat today! Our heat pump installation experts will be able to determine the exact size of heat pump you need to heat and cool your home most efficiently. Then, we’ll install your new heat pump right the first time, so it will stay up and running all year long.
Heat Pump Repair : Is your heat pump running loudly or cycling on and off frequently? Is it not producing enough heat in the winter, or is it freezing in the summer? Don’t wait for the problem to get worse – call the heat pump repair experts at Quality Cool & Heat! Our trained professionals can handle any heat pump problem, large or small.
Which Month for Furnace Maintenance?
As winter approaches, it is essential for all homeowners to test, maintain, repair, or replace their heating system. No one should have to go through cold days and nights with insufficient heating. Before the temperatures drop too much, you should run your machine to give it a performance evaluation. Does heat pump out and is the heat a desirable temperature? Does your system make weird or unusual noises? Listening to the sounds your system makes is one of the easiest ways to determine if you need heating repair on Staten Island.
Noises to listen to include:
High pitched whistling or squealing:
If you notice high pitched sounds emanating from your machine, there is a likely chance that either your system needs to be lubricated or you have a broken blower.
This is one of the worst noises you can hear, and so when you do it is recommended to turn the system off and call for heating repair. Scraping happens when ball bearings in the system wear out, which will begin to cause irreparable damage to your system.
Rattling, vibrating, rocking:
This problem can be small with a simple fix, like when the cover panel becomes loose. If the problem is a result of a cracked heat exchanger, then there could be gases leaking into the home for all to breathe.
Take care of your heating system before it breaks-down in the middle of winter.
If your furnace sputters to a halt during the evening or overnight in the middle of winter, you can bet that the indoor temperature will plummet by morning and everyone will be cold and uncomfortable. If you have a local expert in your corner, you can call as soon as something happens, and your service disruption will be minimal.
A furnace is a machine that all homes have, and when they are turned on, they are expected to work. They help to circulate hot air throughout a space on a cold winter day. These machines, like most others, break with constant usage. No system is designed to last forever. Noticing problems in your system and having them repaired quickly is one of the best ways to stay warm, keep energy bills down, and prolong the life of your system. If you notice that your system is short cycling (frequently turning itself off and on), you should call us to inspect your furnace.
As the air filter of an HVAC system or heater gets dirty, air begins to flow less-freely. The extra work and lack of circulation can cause systems to overheat and shutdown. An air filter should be cleaned roughly once a month and should frequently be replaced. Stop breathing dirty air and clean your filters.We can help inspect filters and install new ones.
Broken or improperly installed thermostat: Both analog and digital thermostats can break down, which will cause your system to blow inconsistently. Having our technicians repair your thermostat should get your system working correctly.
The size of your system: If the system is too big, it will cause the home to heat quickly, which will then turn off the furnace. A small system will not be able to handle the output and will frequently shut itself off.
The steam boiler is an old convection heating technology dating back over 200 years and is commonly found in older homes. Because steam boilers operate at a higher temperature than hot water boilers they are inherently less efficient than their hot water cousins. They are also a lot more finicky to operate. A steam boiler is like a hot water boiler in that, like a hot water boiler, the steam boiler also relies upon a heat radiating convection device in each room (radiator).
However, a steam boiler will usually use a large cast iron radiator instead of a steel or baseboard convection device.
Steam boilers operate like a tea kettle. As water heats to a boil it builds pressure as it reaches the state of steam. Unlike hot water boilers which rely upon a pump to circulate the hot water, steam boilers use this pressure to move the steam through the piping system.
One-pipe steam systems are vented (the vents or valves are found on the radiators and steam supply piping) and must push air ahead of the steam and out through the radiator vents during a heating cycle.
This “breathing” provides the characteristic pipe banging and hissing sounds of a one-pipe steam boiler system.
The radiator air valves for single-pipe systems come in six different sizes to allow different amounts of air to escape from the radiator at different rates, necessary for the system to be effective. Balancing the system involves adjusting the rate of steam flow provided to the radiators both with the supply valve and venting air valve so that an individual radiator produces heat appropriate for the room it is heating. Larger vents are generally used at the end of long pipe runs (mains) and in colder rooms. Smaller air vents are used nearer to the steam boiler and in rooms which have a thermostat.
A two-pipe system, more commonly found on hot water boilers and newer steam boiler systems, have a separate supply piping line to the radiators and a separate return piping line back from the radiators to the boiler. Vents are only installed on the piping to and from the steam boiler, not the radiators. Steam rises from the supply side of the radiator (radiator steam supply valve is on this side) and pushes air and condensate out through the return or condensate drain side of the radiator.
Quality Cool & Heat is your local hot water heater expert. We provide water heater repair and maintenance services as well as offer quality residential water heater and tankless water heater replacement when your current water heater is leaking or has come to end of life.
We offer a complete water heater replacement package for one low upfront price that includes a new water heater, 2 new stainless supply lines, a new gas flex connector, water heater installation by a licensed company and experienced technician, as well as disconnecting and removal of your existing water heater unit.
We recommend quality gas and propane water heater units from high performing water heater manufacturers. Our water heater repair and maintenance services cover all major storage tank brands. We also offer the 6, 8,10 and 12-year warranties.
Water Heater Replacement : Water Heating is generally the 2nd biggest energy expenditure in the house, so it is necessary to pick the best heater when one needs to be replaced. Gas tank heaters vary in size from 30 to 75 gallons, depending upon the quantity of hot water that one will be requiring. When one’s water faucets, dishwasher, or washing machine must obtain hot water, the pipes draw hot water from the tank. The heated water is drawn from the top of the tank and is replaced by cold water getting in the bottom of the tank. A gas water heater can just be set up in a house that currently makes use of gas. Many gas hot water heaters generally have a 6 to 12-year manufacturer leakage service warranty, relying on the size, make and model of the system picked. This leakage guarantee safeguards the property owner from water heater breakdowns throughout the service warranty duration.
Tankless Water Heaters :
Generally, most of the troubles that could accompany a tankless water heater, triggering it to require a repair are external aspects.
Below are a few of them:
· The venting is not appropriate. The most usual mistake is using regular B-vent, which can swiftly damage the heat exchanger due to acidic condensation.
· Examine the gas supply line. In some cases, the supply line is undersized and was simply attached to the existing line size. The size specified in the setup handbook must be utilized.
· The gas pressure is not right. The working pressure ought to be from 5 to 10 1/2 inches WC for Natural Gas and 9 1/2 to 14 inches for Liquid Propane, relying on the design.
· The incorrect sort of gas that is being made use of – natural gas or liquid propane. It is not possible to make use of the non-specified kind.
· Water flow or temperature level variation problems. There are numerous things we will examine to ensure they are working correctly, like cleaning or changing the input filter, analyzing the check valve, examining the seals in the faucets and looking to see if there is a cross flow someplace that should be repaired.
Once a year you should schedule service in the fall.
To schedule HVAC or Water Heater Service call Quality Cool & Heat Inc. today!