When you talk to a company that offers sales and services for heaters, you might find that they use some words that you don’t fully understand. Unless you have worked in the heater service and repair industry, you don’t have any reason to have encountered these words before. Knowing them, however, could make it easier for you to talk to experts working in this area.
Aquastat – Similar to the thermostat that you use to control your heater. An aquastat, however, is a device that communicates directly with the boiler. Aquastats have predetermined high and low limits that prevent the boiler from firing too frequently. This prevents them from overheating while allowing users to adjust the temperature.
HVAC – HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems should offer heating and cooling features for residential and commercial buildings.
Thermocouple – Many heaters for sale on today’s consumer market have controls that let you set how much warmth they will emit. The devices can do this because thermocouples control the output so that it matches the temperature that you set on the thermostat. Not all furnaces offer this option. Outdoor furnaces that use propane gas, for instance, might not have thermocouples that allow you to set specific temperatures. Many indoor models (such as those that use electricity, gas, or kerosene), however, contain thermocouples.
Tankless water heaters – tankless water heaters warm water as it is used rather than storing warm water in a tank. Some companies claim that this can help homeowners save money on energy.
In cooler climates, home heating systems increase your comfort. Plus, they keep the house warm enough to prevent frozen pipes. Whether you burn natural gas, propane, or oil, your system needs to be kept in working order.
HVAC professionals learn valuable skills maintaining and installing systems. If you've purchased a new system on sale, you need to have a specialist handle installation. If your older system needs a cleaning, the specialist knows how to clean the burner, inspect the boiler, and clean vent pipes, if needed. Forced air or water systems use different parts and accessories. Specialists understand the differences and checks the components to ensure their safety.
These specialists also put in tankless water systems that save money. Tankless water equipment warms water for your shower or baths as needed, instead of keeping warmed water in tanks where it cools off.
Sales of boilers and furnaces are lowest at the end of a winter. Unsold inventory is offered at discounts to make room for newer models. If you need a new system, check prices in the spring and summer months. Look at both outdoor and indoor systems. Outdoor systems are more expensive, but use wood instead of pricey kerosene, oil, or gas.
If you have rooms or garage space that needs warming, portable electric systems help. Choose a model that matches the square footage of that room. Systems that are too large often waste electricity.
Home heating systems need regular cleaning and inspection by a licensed company. Failure to do this decreases your furnace's life and increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Have a qualified HVAC professional come in every year to make sure everything is in proper working order. If the system needs repairs or replacement, the expert will let you know.