The resorts and slopes are open and the outdoor winter paradise that is the Western Slope beckons. The last thing you want is to come home from a fun weekend to find a cold house waiting for you. Many Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Vail, CO homes have radiant heating systems. A boiler heats water to a certain temperature which is circulated through either plastic tubes or radiators to keep the house warm. Too often boiler maintenance is ignored which leads to problems.
Quiet operation can lead to neglect
Forgetting about boiler maintenance is understandable. It’s not like a forced air furnace with blowers and fans cycling on and off all day. After a while, you even forget the boiler is there. That’s a good thing and one reason why people install radiant heating systems. But it’s a bad thing if it causes homeowners to neglect annual maintenance.
What maintenance entails
Without proper attention a boiler can be affected by rust, pitting, and corrosion shortening its life and causing it to lose peak efficiency. During boiler maintenance a trained technician will:
- Make sure fuel is burning efficiently
- There is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Check for proper operation of pressure relief valves
- Assure the water is being heated to the correct temperature
- Add a water treatment as needed to prevent corrosion
Ice & snow melt systems
Many times, the same boiler is used to circulate heated water under driveways and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. It’s important to inspect those systems during a maintenance visit, especially the controls that turn the system on and off. If not working properly it can cause your system to run unnecessarily, costing you $50 to $100 an hour. Do you have that sort of money to waste? I didn’t think so.
Call us for peace of mind
Climate Control Company is here to help make sure your weekend outings into the great outdoors are worry-free. Call now to schedule maintenance on the boiler and radiant heating and/or snow melt system in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home. More great information like this is available on our Facebook and Twitter accounts so be sure to like and follow us.