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How to remove air from your boiler system

Having air in your boiler system, also known as a hydronic heating system, is among the most common issues that you’ll get with a boiler. But the first issue you need to resolve is why you are having an air issue in the first place. It’s normal, when you first commission a system, to get a little bit of an air issue. The reason behind this is that new water (H2O, the O part of it being oxygen), when introduced, has a significant portion of air in it. However, over time the air is slowly removed with automatic air vents, and/or an air scrubber. So, the very best type of water in your boiler system is actually dead oxygen-free water, which takes a period of time to accomplish. The question is if your system is not new, if it is years old, and it’s developing an air issue, what causes…..

The truth about geothermal heating

People often ask us about geothermal heating, as there are many fantastical claims out there about how efficient it is, and how much money it can save you in utility expenses. The truth, in this case, comes in multiple parts. Indeed, geothermal heating system - installed correctly - can give you the most efficient heating arrangement that you can possibly get. Geothermal heating works, but it usually works by installing a network of pipes under the ground, thereby absorbing the heat under the ground, and bringing that heat inside, or doing the reverse when it’s in the cooling mode. Geothermal efficiency explained The reason why it can be so efficient is this: the air-source heat pump exchanges the heat with the air outside, and the air could go down to a freezing level. However, underground remains relatively even in temperature, somewhere in the mid-50s Fahrenheit. So, there’s a lot more…..

Is Duct Cleaning Worth It?

Something homeowners often ask us is whether they should bother getting duct cleaning done on their ventilation systems. Our history with duct cleaning goes back a number of years. One of the first systems that we used was called a “negative air system”. Doing so brings a big pipe through the front door, down to the furnace, and sucks air back to a duct cleaning truck sitting in the driveway. Additional pressurized air is then sent down each vent and, theoretically, all the dust is sucked out of the house. Alternative duct cleaning systems can be as simple as sending a hose down a vent line from the top, essentially like a shop VAC with a longer hose. Another system we’ve used in the past is called a “rotating brush system”, where it literally scrubs the ducts out. What we’ve found is, no matter what system you are actually using,…..

Should Your Replace or Repair Your Furnace?

A really common thing that people wonder about is whether they should replace their furnace, or just repair it. The most common time people contact a furnace company is when it breaks down. At this point, folks are faced with the decision of repairing it for x number of dollars or just getting rid of the thing. So, there are a few factors to consider if you're making that decision. The first and most obvious factor is age. As a furnace gets older it often loses efficiency, getting noisier, less safe, and definitely less reliable. So, as a general rule of thumb, furnaces beyond about 20 years old start to head downhill pretty fast. But if you are deciding whether it’s the right decision to replace your furnace, age does not always tell the whole story. Sometimes, 20 years ago, you (or whoever owned your home previously) put in an…..

The Truth About Air Filtration

There are so many choices out there for air filtration for your house. The ones that we’ll be referencing in this article pertain to whole home air filtration. The basic concept of whole home air filtration is the air filter gets installed next to your home furnace. Then you can set your fan to run as long as 24 hours per day, bringing the air in from various parts of the house and returning it through your duct system, thereby filtering all of the air in your house. On average, it will create two air exchanges per day, meaning all of the air in your entire house will be taken through the filter and put back in your house, oftentimes significantly reducing dust, pollen, allergens, and so forth. The challenge and confusion comes from all the various products available on the market. On the higher end, you have air filtrations…..