Anyone who lives in a cold air climate can certainly appreciate their heating system, especially when it stops working.
Depending upon the age of the home or commercial building, the system type can vary from a central heating system, to radiant heat, to solar heat.
With central heating, the furnace is in a fixed location, usually on a lower level. Once activated, the furnace forces warm air through a series of ducts. Each duct ends at a vent and provided the vent is open, warm air blows into the room.
In a radiant heating system, hot water is forced through the metal radiator. There is no air system attached to this sort of heating equipment instead, the radiator radiates heat into the room. The downside is, only the area immediately around the radiator is warm. If there is only one radiator, oftentimes this leaves the remainder of the room a bit chilled.
Though somewhat expensive to install, radiant floor heating systems are growing in popularity. With this style of home heating, a grid of tubing is placed beneath the flooring. Hot water is then forced through the tubing, warming the floor, and ultimately the room.
Regardless of which type of system you have or prefer, hiring a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning or HVAC technician familiar with your specific heating equipment is vital to ensure its continued performance. Scheduling inspections for your heating and cooling unit can also lengthen its lifespan.
Remember, entering into a repair contract without doing your research can cost you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in repair and replacement, as not all HVAC techs are familiar with all types of heating systems. So, do your homework and get references. Further, check your local Chamber of Commerce to see the track record of your intended contractor before you hire him or her.