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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Four Ways To Reduce Air Problems In Radiators That Use Boilers For Home Heating

by Mike Brewer

If you use a boiler for home heating, radiators are the most common type of installation. Radiators can be a great way to heat your home, but you can have problems with things like loss of water and air in the system. This can reduce the efficiency of your heating, and make it run a lot more, which can add to wear and tear. There are some things that can be done to reduce these problems, such as adding non-return valves, flushing the system, and using antifreeze in the radiators. Here are four ways you can reduce the problems of air in you radiant heating system:

1. Adding Anti-Return Valves To The Heating Circuit

The boiler that heats your home has a circuit for sanitary water and a separate one for heating. The heating system is a loop that circulates water through the radiators. If there is a not an anti-return valve, this can cause water to constantly need to be heated for the radiators because it is always circulating through the system. This can increase problems with water evaporation. If your system does not have this valve, you may want to have one installed.

2. Flushing Your System Before The Beginning Of The Heating Season

During the warm months, when you are not using your heating, the standing water in the system can become stagnant, evaporate, and cause a collection of debris in your heating system. It is a good idea to flush your system out before the start of the heating season. This will remove debris and stagnate water, as well as remove any air pockets in the heating system.

3. Using Anti-Freeze In The Heating Circuit To Reduce Evaporation

Your radiant heating systems should have antifreeze in it for several reasons; one is that if there is ever a power outage and your system stops, you will not have to worry about burst pipes and water damage. When you have your system flushed at the beginning of the season, you should also have antifreeze added to it to prevent these problems.

4. Regular Bleeding Of The Radiators To Remove Air Pockets

Bleeding the radiators of your heating system is a simple maintenance task you can do to remove air from the system. All the radiators in your home have a small bleeding valve that you can open with a screwdriver. Turn the system on, and go to every radiator and open the valve until there is no air coming out and a small amount of water; close the valve and move on to the other radiators. You can take a small coffee cup with you to catch any water that spills out of the radiator.

Doing some of these things will help to reduce problems with air in your radiators, and help to keep your home heating running efficiently. If you need help with some of these repairs and maintenance tasks, contact a heating repair contractor like Custom Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to do these things for you.