Home Heating

Getting To Know Your Gas System

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Think of a gas system as a special, simplified sort of plumbing network. Like its water-carrying cousin, a gas system consists largely of pipes that […]

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Understanding An Oil Furnace

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Compared to gas and electric furnaces, an oil-fired, forced-air heating plant has more components. It has the same filter and blower unit common to the […]

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Understanding A Hot-Water Boiler

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Hot-water and steam systems use the same boilers, fired by similar burners, and both have pressure relief valves designed to “blow” if pressure in the […]

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Troubleshooting A Thermostat

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Pop the cover from a thermostat and you’ll discover that your heating system’s “brain” has remarkably few components. That’s because it amounts to nothing more […]

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Maintaining And Troubleshooting Piped Heating Systems

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The difference between hot-water and steam might seem merely one of degrees, but that’s not always the case. In many hot-water heating systems, the water […]

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Maintaining Heating Radiators In Your Home

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Steam and water radiation units — old-fashioned upright radiators or newer upright or baseboard convectors, are simply pipes that dissipate heat. Maintenance consists of making […]

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Maintaining Your Chimney

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The main problem with modern, efficient wood-burning stoves and fireplaces is creosote build-up. If the creosote ignites, it can become a roaring inferno, hot enough […]

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How To Install A Programmable Thermostat

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Programmable thermostats adjust the temperature setting just as people do manually, but with greater efficiency. They can be set to turn on the furnace before […]

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Heat Pumps And Other Forms Of Heating

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Installing a complete heating system is a major project and not something a homeowner is likely to do. However, you should be able to maintain […]

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Choosing Heating And Cooling Equipment

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The worst time to select a new furnace is the day the old one takes its last breath. Split-second decisions could result in years of […]

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Servicing A Furnace

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No furnace will keep functioning efficiently without regular maintenance.  Ideally, you should have a furnace inspected and serviced annually by a qualified professional before the […]

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Installing A Cozy Fireplace

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Thinking about treating yourself to the warmth and crackling aroma of a new fireplace?  If so, you have lots of choices and decisions to make. […]

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Understanding An Electric-Resistance Furnace

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To envision an electric-resistance furnace, think of a giant toaster with air blowing through it. As air pushed by the blower moves through the heating […]

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About Wood Burning Stoves

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Over the past few years people have demonstrated a renewed interest in burning wood for heat and the wood-burning stove has enjoyed a corresponding renaissance. […]

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