TEANECK HEATING GUIDE: BENEFITS OF RADIANT FLOOR HEATING
October 29, 2012
*BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. no longer offers radiant heating services. Check out our other heating services to find the perfect fit for your heating needs.
Radiant floor heating has been around since the Roman Empire. While radiant floor heating is not as common as traditional forced air systems, it provides efficient and even heating through your Teaneck home.
Radiant floor heaters have been proven to reduce energy consumption when compared to other heating systems. Because radiant floor systems heat all of the objects in a room, including people. This means that with a radiant floor system, most people will feel comfortable at lower temperatures. Additionally, radiant floor systems reduce energy loss through the ceiling. By heating the air at the floor, the air will give off most of its heat before it reaches the ceiling.
Quiet and Invisible Heating System
Without the need for ducts and registers, radiant floor heating systems are invisible to you and your guests. This opens up your home because you don’t have to plan your furniture placement based on where the registers are. A radiant floor system has no ducts or fans which means that they are almost silent.
Forced-air systems have been credited with blowing dust and allergens throughout people’s homes. Duct work can get dirty or clogged. Dust, bacteria and mold can accumulate in ducts and that gets distributed throughout your home. With radiant floor heating, none of that happens because the heat is coming up through your floor.
If you have any questions about radiant floor heating and if it’s a good option for your home in Teaneck, call the professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.
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October 22, 2012
Because of their simple, effective design, boilers don’t have the same amount of problems and need for repair that other home heating options do. Of course, no system is without potential for problems, and boilers are no exception. Before you jump ahead to looking for a replacement boiler, though, remember that there are many problems that are very common and easily repaired. When you experience a problem with your boiler call the Tenafly heating professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. for the repair service you need. We’re always happy to help you get your boiler back up and running. Here are some of the most common boiler problems and repairs that we see.
- Lack of Heat or Hot Water: When it’s cold out the lack of heat is a serious problem. It is also one of the most common boiler issues that we encounter. There are a number of possible culprits, including broken air locks to low water levels. Most of the time the repair is simple, quick and affordable, so remember to call your heating service provider before jumping to any conclusions.
- Water Leaks: Finding water on the ground or surfaces around your boiler can be nerve wracking. More often than not, though, it is a relatively minor problem. A loose joint, pipe corrosion and many other factors may lead to water leaks, but they are usually easy to deal with for a professional boiler repair technician.
- Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit: If your boiler system’s pilot light is going out it there are a few possible problems. The thermocouple could be broken, and is easily replaced. Sometimes the issue is as simple as dirt buildup on the pilot, and all that is needed is a bit of cleaning. Whatever is causing your pilot to go out, a professional technician such as those at BZ Dependable should be able to diagnose and resolve the problem completely.
- Condensate Pipe Freezes: A system breakdown can be a major concern, but the cause is not always that serious. Most modern boilers have a condensation pipe, and because this pipe transports water it is possible for it to freeze up.
- Kettling: Kettling is common in homes where hard water is an issue. If lime scale builds up on your boiler’s heat exchanger steam bubbles may be produced, causing loud banging sound. The removal of the lime scale buildup can solve the problem.
Be sure to have your boiler professionally maintained routinely to avoid the development of these problems. Tenafly boiler repair professionals, such as those at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, will be able to get your boiler operating effectively and efficiently again.
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October 15, 2012
When you have a boiler in your Teaneck home or office building you probably know that you should have it regularly inspected and maintained. Not only can this potentially extend the life of your boiler, it can also save you money by detecting small problems early before they develop into larger, more expensive problems.
But what actually happens during a boiler inspection? Below we’ve put together a short list of some of the main things that your heating technician will be checking during his visit. If you need boiler inspection, contact your local Teaneck heating company.
Clean and Patch Fireside and Refractory Surfaces
Your heating technician will clean out the actual heating element and make sure that it is operating properly. They will also look at the refractory surface to check for holes or cracks and then patch them. The refractory surface is made out of a heat-resistance material and is able to withstand high temperatures.
Inspect and Clean Gaskets
There are several gaskets that are very important to the safe operation of your boiler. Your heating technician will ensure that all of them are in good working order. In some models of commercial and residential boilers there is a gasket on the front and rear doors that seal them shut. There are also gaskets on the water cut-off valves that need to be inspected and, if necessary, replaced.
Check Air Passageways and Blower
Proper venting of exhaust fumes and proper intake of fresh air are critical to the functioning of your boiler. Your heating technician will ensure that the seals in your exhaust vent are in good working order and that the combustion air opening is unobstructed. They will also check your fan motor and perform maintenance on it if there are belts, fan blades or electrical components that appear broken or worn.
Check Pilot and Burner
Your heating technician will also check the pilot electrode and the burner to make sure that they are operating correctly. If the pilot needs adjusting or if the burner is out of position, your heating technician can fix those as well.
Check Area Around Boiler
Your heating technician will look for leaking water around the tank which could indicate a leaking water pipe or a corroded water tank. The heating technician will also make sure that there aren’t any flammable materials around the area of the boiler.
If you need boiler inspection for your home or commercial building in Teaneck, contact the heating experts at BZ Dependable today.
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October 8, 2012
Depending upon your situation, converting your oil boiler to a gas boiler in your Bergen County home can make sense. One of the first things to consider is if you can even get natural gas in your area. You’ll need to find a gas supplier in your area and then actually get the gas into your home. If you don’t currently have a natural gas line, you will have to dig one and connect it to the main in the street. Sometimes new piping is required in your home to handle the gas.
From there, you’ll need to either convert your current oil boiler or, if it can’t be converted, replace it entirely. If you have a water heater that burns fuel oil then you’ll need to convert that to natural gas as well.
The good news is that many gas companies and the federal government offer incentives to switch to gas. Some companies will haul away your old oil or propane tanks for free, while others will actually give you a new furnace or boiler. The government may offer a tax credit for switching to natural gas as well depending upon which unit you get.
The benefits for you can be numerous. Natural gas can burn more efficiently than oil and much of it is produced in the United States. This means that the price of gas can be more stable than the price of oil and that you may be able to heat your home more efficiently.
The variables in this process are many and depending upon how they interact with you in your particular area can make the difference in whether switching to natural gas is a good choice for you.
Contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today to learn more about the conversion process and to see if this might be a heating option for your Bergen Countyhome.
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October 1, 2012
When the time comes to invest in a new heating system for your Teaneck home, you might also think about switching fuel sources for that system from oil to natural gas. While natural gas isn’t available in all areas, it’s often worth making the switch if you do have the option. And since you’re going to be going through a new system installation anyway, the additional modifications needed to set up your home to receive natural gas rather than oil will only add minimally to the overall cost. Even if you are not getting a new heating system, we offer complete oil boiler to gas boiler conversion services to help you make the switch.
If you have oil, you need to have it delivered on a regular basis. Depending on how much oil you use each heating season and how large of a storage tank you have, these deliveries can happen up to several times a year. In addition to the cost of oil, then, you are also paying for the delivery service, and you need to plan ahead to a certain extent to make sure you have all of the oil you need when the cold weather hits.
On the other hand, natural gas is delivered continuously through a pipeline, eliminating the need for delivery and any associated costs.
Another factor to consider is that gas boilers, furnaces, water heaters and other appliances are usually cheaper than their oil-powered counterparts – sometimes as much as half the price. Of course, the cost of all of these items goes up as their energy efficiency ratings go up.
Lower Operating Costs
The main reason that many people switch from oil to natural gas whenever it is available is that natural gas is so much cheaper in terms of ongoing energy costs. And as oil prices are only expected to increase for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to imagine that relationship changing any time soon.
So for affordable, convenient heating, natural gas really is your best option for a variety of reasons. If you are interested in a new heating system or in oil boiler to gas boiler conversion in Teaneck, give BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call!
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