While residents in other parts of the country would scratch their heads wondering what “snow to wintry mix” means in the weather forecast, we are all too aware of its implication: it’s cold and unpleasant outside! It also means that you are out of luck if you aren’t equipped with a fully functioning and effectively operating heater. If you are one of the many Evanston, IL homeowners with a radiant heating system, then you are fortunate; these systems require very little by way of maintenance and repairs.
This does not mean, however, that radiant heating systems are immune to problems. Your radiant system does require that you care for it, and this includes having maintenance done on the system. Radiant systems are a preferred choice for many over their traditional forced-air counterparts. Rather than taking up a large amount of space in your home and running the risk of air loss through ductwork, these systems include wires or pipes that are embedded into your home’s walls, ceilings, or floors, where the heat radiates outward. System care is vital to ensuring that this process continues on without a hitch.
Radiant Heaters Require Less Maintenance
One of the biggest advantages of a radiant heater is that it requires less care than a forced air system. This is because there are no ducts to worry about, or fans that could break down and require replacement. Radiant heating maintenance focuses on the pumps and boilers. Pumps used today are fairly maintenance free, but boiler maintenance is recommended once a year.
What Does Maintenance Prevent?
In order to really understand why it’s important that you not skip maintenance, you’d need to know what type of repair issues it could potentially help you avoid. These issues include:
- Insufficient Heat: Anything from a faulty burner to a problematic thermostat or broken pump can prevent the water moving through the tubes to be warm enough.
- Water Leaks: This problem is rare since the water inside the tubes is sealed and protected by your flooring or walls. If they do leak, however, it’s vital that you have the problem addressed right away.
- Electrical Problems: Electricity is used to run the pump that circulates the water and other key components of your radiant heating system. Faulty connections or loose wires can create issues in that area, causing your system to break down.
Overall, radiant heating systems are a great choice for many homes throughout Evanston and beyond. In addition to providing evenly distributed heat throughout any type of home, radiant heating also helps improve your indoor air quality. Since air is not circulating through your home, you won’t have to worry about your home being infiltrated by dust and other allergens and irritants. When properly cared for, a radiant heating system can help keep you comfortable, happy, and healthy for many years.
Whether you want to schedule a maintenance appointment or need immediate repairs on your heating system, you can count on Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning to get the job done. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.