Whether you are used to living in a home without a heater and have moved into one with a heater, you have had a different type of heater installed, or you are now trying to better-familiarize yourself with the different systems in your home, you may find yourself having a lot of questions about your home's heating. This information may cover some of the questions you have:
What are some of the different types of heating systems homes can have?
You might be interested in learning what some of the different types of heating systems are that are used to heat homes. One type of heating is forced air, and it is also often referred to as central air when talking about the air conditioning aspect of it. Also, this type of heating and air is commonly known as HVAC, which stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
Another type of heating is radiant heating, and it heats the home through the use of hot water tubing that goes under the flooring. Radiators and boilers are other types of heating that are generally most commonly found in older homes. Then, there is hydronic heating, in which a boiler heats water that gets circulated through water pipes to baseboard radiators. A newer type of heating is heat pump heating systems, and they pull air from outdoors that is heated and deposited in the home.
One thing all these systems have in common is that you should have all of them serviced before you turn them on each winter. This way, they are cleaned and looked over to ensure everything is working well.
Can you always tell when there is a problem with the heater?
No, there can be something going on in the heating system for a while before you know there is a problem. The issue with this is that, by the time you are able to notice a problem, it may have already become so bad that you can find yourself looking at large repairs or full replacement of your heater. This is a perfect example of why annual servicing should never be skipped. Technicians often find problems well before you would know they were happening, and therefore take care of things while it is still a simple repair.
Is it better to leave the heater on when you aren't home?
When it comes to whether you should leave your heater on when you're gone, it all depends on the situation. If it is well below freezing outside, then you should have the heater at least set on a temperature that's well above freezing. This can help to prevent plumbing emergencies like frozen pipes, and avoid you can other issues that can happen when the inside of your home gets too cold. However, if it isn't near freezing and you are going to be gone for a good period of time, then you can save money and put less wear on the system by leaving it off until you get home and want to be more comfortable. Any time you do go to turn your heater on and something seems different or it takes longer to heat than it ever has before, then you should have it looked over by a technician.
For more information about heating service, contact a local HVAC technician.