How much do you know about your gas heating system? The truth is, many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their boilers and pipes until they encounter some issues. Then when that happens, they panic as they search for a contractor that can help solve the problem. As homeowners, it’s important that you constantly check on your heating and cooling systems. After all, these systems keep you and you comfortable, especially during extreme weather conditions. This article serves as a basic guide to gas heating systems. It includes important information that can help to keep your heating system in tip-top shape.
Gas heating systems are popular mainly because of their simplicity. Gas is burnt to produce heat. But of course, instead of having a gas fire in every room in the house, the gas is burned in a centralized location through a boiler. The boiler burns the gas in a controlled manner and then a heat exchange happens, the bi-product of which is carbon dioxide and other gases. Now, some of these gases are dangerous to humans so they’re vented away. The heat is moved around the house with the use of the radiator. These are large hollow metal tubes that are connected by metal or plastic pipes.
Radiators have a wide surface area to allow them to lose heat. The radiator gets filled with hot water and then it disperses the heat into a room and effectively heats it. The radiators are capable of heating a wide area and that’s why they can warm a room well. The gas heating system has other components. There’s the thermostat of course, that allows users to easily control the temperature in a room. But you can call this an add-on, a component that serves the purpose of providing convenience. Modern heaters now also have timers that set the heater to turn on automatically at a designated time. But again, this feature is added for convenience. It’s not really a part of the basic components of a gas heating system.
Like other heating and cooling systems, gas heating systems come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. For one, burning natural gases produces a poisonous gase called carbon monoxide. Yes, these gases are vented out and away from your home. But if your system breaks down, there’s a danger that the gases can leak inside your home and put you and your family in danger. There are things that you can do to minimize the danger, however. One of them is to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. The monitor can warn you if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are already present in your home.
It’s also important to maintain your heating system to make sure that it’s always working safely and effectively. Hiring a professional to do regular maintenance is highly recommended. A professional would be able to detect issues that an ordinary homeowner like you may otherwise miss. Regular maintenance of your gas heating system may mean another item to your expense list but it’s a worthwhile investment.