Maintaining Wall Radiant Heat

Wall radiant heat is one of the best systems of radiant heating due to its consistency. It runs smoothly without noise. Unlike other modes of heating, it does not produce hot condition by baking the air. It is one of the best radiant heating systems.

Checklist of the Requirements for Maintenance

Ensuring your room’s wiring before installing any wall radiant heat is a very essential step. Placing the thermostat, switches and outlets are also very important. Positioning the thermostat adjacent to the power source will be a better idea. Try to place the junction box above 60 inches.

Next, calculate the amps needed for power supply. For 1 square feet, .1 amp is required. So if you are going for 50 square feet room, you will need exactly 5 amps.

Maintain the Electric Resistance

To know the electric resistance (mat) always use ohmmeter and for rating just refer UL label. Ensure that the ohmmeter is always 10 percent of the rating.

Gap between the Floor and Cable

Always maintain a 3 inch gap between walls, drains or fixtures.

Hot glue must be used to separate the sub floor and cables. Don’t try to run them exactly perpendicular with the wires. Confirm that the mats are not overlapped.

Knowing the Various Boiler Valves

A boiler operates with many different types of valves. A valve is nothing more than a safety device that is used to release pressure safely into the air so that the equipment or machine does not malfunction or blow. Below, several boiler valves are discussed.

Safety Valve

The safety valve is used to release the pressure that builds up in the boiler. It prevents the boiler from exploding by being under too much pressure.

Bottom Blowdown Valve

This valve helps to remove solids and particles that float down to the bottom of the boiler and begin to create a sludge at the bottom of the unit. The valve can be found at the bottom of the boiler. When opened, the pressure released will push the particles out.

Continuous Blowdown Valve

This type of valve is used to prevent the saturation of water with salt or dissolved salt. When saturation occurs in the boiler, the water foams up. The foaming will cause the water to carry within the steam that emits from the boiler. This condition is known as priming and is not a desired condition for a boiler. The valve allows a little tiny bit of water to emit from the boiler all the time.