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Heating System Cleaning Terms
Dirt can be one of the biggest issues when it comes to heating systems in your home. Regular cleaning, maintenance and repairs save energy and extends the life of these mechanisms. If you are thinking of servicing your system soon, here are some helpful terms that you need to know.
Hydronic – Keeping a house warm through the use of water is called hydronics. This method employs a boiler that forces hot water through pipes. A common feature of this is the use of wall radiators. Hydronic mechanisms are flushed out with a solvent. This removes contaminants and mineral build-up and prevents corrosion.
Plenum – This is a space, like a joist, attic or crawl space where the supply or return hot air mixes or moves around. It is important to make sure these areas are dust-free when doing this type of maintenance on central HVAC elements.
Baseboard – This is a specific type of hydronic component that is mounted in residences. These attract much more dust and dirt than other registers because of their location. As these accumulate residue they waste energy and introduce allergens into the environment. Regular vacuuming is important, but a deep clean and repair done annually by a professional may be necessary to keep these in good working order.
Flue – A flue expels the exhaust from the furnace. It is important to examine the flue regularly for cracked linings and leaks. It is also important to remove accumulated soot from the flue.
Duct – These ventilate central heat throughout the home or building. They are made of galvanized steel or fiberglass and are often cleaned to lower accumulated soot or dust that may cause allergies or a sickness if inhaled by the inhabitants in the property.
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Companies that repair and clean heating systems will also offer annual maintenance visits to help prevent more expensive emergency visits in the future. They will repair an assortment of heating and cooling systems that buildings use.
Furnaces, boilers, and air conditioning units will all need to be cleaned over time to keep them working properly and prevent any damage that may occur due to dirt and build up. Cleaning companies will work with commercial, residential, and industrial heating equipment that use oil, gas, or electricity.
While the actual unit will need to be cleaned, so will the ducts that direct the air of the central air conditioning and heating system. Customers may find that after a cleaning, the heating or cooling unit will not have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. Repair companies will have workers who have experience working with all types of heating and cooling units, including steam, hot water, radiant, and gas.
Customers for both residential homes and office buildings can make emergency repair visits through a heating system repair company, but will be expected to pay more for late night visits. Contractors will often have common replacement parts with them so problems can be fixed right away, such as certain floor coverings and valves.
Customers can get estimates on repairs needed for a contactor, central air conditioning unit, or air ducts from several companies by making appointment with each. When workers are doing the estimate, customers can ask them questions they may have about proper maintenance to prevent other damages from occurring.