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Is Your Radiant Heating System Leaking?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

There are some great reasons why radiant floor-heating systems are becoming more and more popular: they are incredibly energy efficient, last for many years, and provide a sensation of warmth (from right beneath people’s icy toes) that’s more comfortable and cozy than using conventional forced-air systems, i.e. furnaces and heat pumps.

If you have a radiant floor heating system, it was probably built into the house when it was constructed. You’re used to the system simply working whenever you want it, and haven’t had to give it much more thought. But this type of heater can suffer from malfunctions, just like any other type, and it’s important to detect the signs early so you can call for repairs.

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Is a Furnace Usually the Best Choice to Heat a Home?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Furnaces are common in modern homes. In fact, the natural gas furnace is the system found in more homes in than U.S. than any other. So the easy assumption to make is that a furnace is simply the ideal choice for home heating.

Is there any truth to this?

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Considering Radiant Heating? You Have a Choice to Make

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Congratulations! You have chosen to add radiant heating to your home in Eugene, OR. Maybe the idea of toasty floors in the middle of winter won you over, or knowing that a radiant heating system won’t aggravate the allergy sufferers in your home. Now that you’ve made this decision, you have one more decision to make: which type of radiant heating are you going to use? Not sure? Here is a quick overview on the two types of radiant heating available.

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Radiant Heating Repair in Eugene

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Radiant floor heating may seem like it’s a new invention, but using hydronic power to heat floorboards and floor stones has been popular in Europe for a number of years. In fact, circulating water beneath floors to condition a room has a history going back to Ancient Rome. If you’ve ever experienced the warmth from a radiant heating system, you’ll immediately understand their popularity: the even, toasty rise of heat is one of the most comfortable ways to receive warmth. And this is only the beginning of the benefits from installing radiant heat.

One of the advantages of radiant heating systems is that they require few repairs, much the same with boilers. Troubles can still occur, however, and when you need heating repair service in Eugene for a radiant heat system—or any other heating system—turn to the trusted name of Comfort Flow Heating.

What does radiant heating repair involve?

As with any system that uses the circulation of water, the principle trouble that can afflict a radiant heater is leaking. The durability and corrosion-resistance of the piping used in radiant heating makes leaking unlikely. However, leaks can occur at joints and from the pressure of shifting floor stones or other floor damage. If you notice warping floorboards or excess moisture on the ground, it may come from a leak in the heating pipes.

Repairs for this problem may sound burdensome, but for experts with the right tools they don’t require much time and are not terribly invasive. Once the repair technicians pinpoint the leak using sound-detection equipment, they only need to drill a small hole through the floor material to seal the pipe. Once the leak is fixed, the technicians will replace the flooring.

The other repairs for radiant heating are similar to repairs for a standard boiler: fixing leaks in the tank, repairing water valves, restoring gas lines, clearing exhaust flues. If you have regular maintenance for your unit, these repair needs should rarely occur, and your radiant heating system will last for many years.

Regular preventive maintenance

Speaking of which… make sure to sign up for a maintenance program that will provide you with an annual check-up on your radiant heating system. This is the best insurance you can have against emergency repairs, breakdowns, and a shortened system lifespan. You should also rely on a repair company with 24/7 service so you can have repairs done as soon as necessary; this will help you get the most life from your system.

When you need heating repair in Eugene, OR, and you need it now, call Comfort Flow Heating—any time of the day or night. We specialize in radiant heating installation, repair, and maintenance.

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Springfield, OR Heating Tip: What to Expect When Upgrading to Radiant Heating

Monday, November 26th, 2012

If you are thinking of installing radiant floor heating, call the Springfield, OR heating professionals at Comfort Flow. We can help you choose the right type and go over the installation process. First, you’ll need to decide which type of flooring you want, unless you are upgrading.

While radiant floor materials are varied, you need to know that in retrofitting situations, the flooring will need to be torn up. Pipes for radiant floor heating systems are installed beneath the floor, and you’ll need to decide if that is the most cost-effective upgrade for you. Whether you have tile, wood, cement, or another type of flooring, we can help you decide.

Unless you already have a boiler, you will also need to decide between a gas or electric boiler. It will depend on the cost of fuel and your specific situation. Either way, the water will be sent to the right type of pipes underneath the floor, and you heating contractor will know what the right type of piping material to use to match your flooring.

You can also add some hydronic baseboard units if you only want radiant floors in one part of your home. Hydronic baseboards are similar to electric baseboards in the way they heat the home; however, hydronic systems are a lot more efficient than electric baseboards. Both types are installed close to the floor to heat the room as the warm air rises.

If you don’t have the budget to upgrade to radiant floors, or to replace your entire heating and air conditioning system, a Springfield, OR radiant heating expert at Comfort Flow can provide you with further tips and ways to make smaller upgrades to get better overall home efficiency. Contact Comfort Flow for advice or more tips.

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