Boiler Efficiency: Keep Your Heating Bills Down.
You might be saying “My radiators are warm, but my heating bills are through the roof!” How can you fix this situation? Boiler efficiency is important in keeping your costs down.
First, let’s quickly review how your boiler system works. The boiler heats water in the basement and turns it to steam. The steam rises rapidly to heat radiators in the floors above, then loses its heat and condenses to water again. The water drains into a pipe that leads back to the boiler below to be reheated and once again becomes steam
Leaks can be a problem
One problem might be that leaks in the system allow the steam to escape and causes the boiler to work overtime to produce more steam than is necessary. That can cause your heating bills to go through the roof. The first step is to do a thorough inspection to find evidence of leaks. Beginning in the basement, a technician will examine the various pipes and ducts. He will see if there are any obvious leakages to the flues carrying the steam upward to the radiators in the floors above.
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Another step for boiler efficiency is to look closely at the wet return. These pipes carry the water that has condensed back to the boiler for reheating. Your boiler technician will identify areas for rust which indicates leakage. For a system that has been in place for many years, small areas of rust are not causes for concern.
Do radiators pass the test?
Next, the technician will examine each of the radiators and the valves that are used to shut off the radiators when warmer weather returns. Obvious signs of moisture collecting around any of the radiators or shut-off valves would be potential problems and could be costing you money.
Finally, your technician will look “under the hood” at the boiler mechanism itself. Are there holes in the machine that are allowing the steam to seep outside into the basement instead of being directed upstairs? If so, it is like a bicycle inner tubes with tiny holes. The ride might start out fine but ends badly.
Like the leaky inner tubes, patches might be possible to repair the internal leaks in the mechanism at a reasonable cost.
For a thorough review of your boiler efficiency, contact the professionals at Evenflopro.com. Their examination might find leaks and correct other small issues that can save you money and help your system run economically for years to come.