Rentmeister Total Home Service Blog : Archive for October, 2014

Do I Need a Boiler for Radiant Heating?

Friday, October 31st, 2014

**Rentmeister Total Home Service No Longer Services Boilers Or Radiant Heating Systems, We Apologize If This Is An Inconvenience**

With the advent of new radiant heating products, such as improved tubing, radiant systems have become very popular with homeowners. When choosing a radiant system, you have a choice between the types of radiant heating you’d like to use: electric or hydronic, and with a hydronic system, you do need to use a boiler. Each type works a little differently, but both offer the comfort and warmth you need from your heating system. Radiant systems require knowledge and expertise for installation, maintenance and repair, so call the people you can trust: Rentmeister Total Home Service.

Electric Radiant Flooring

With electric radiant flooring, thin cables are electrified to produce heat. There are two ways electric radiant floor heating can be installed: wet installation and mat installation. In a wet installation, the electric cables are laid into wet cement. When the cement dries and the cables are activated, the cement acts as a radiant slab, heating from below the floor. Electric mats consist of electrical wire and electrically conductive plastic, and can be installed directly to subflooring.

Hydronic Radiant Flooring

Hydronic heating is heating via hot water, and this is the type of radiant floor heating for which you need a boiler. With hydronic floor heating, hot water from the boiler is pumped through durable PEX tubing that is installed underneath your flooring. When the water cools, it returns back to the boiler for the next heating cycle.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

There are several benefits of radiant heating worth considering:

  • No circulating dust – there is no blowing air with a radiant heating system, which can help the allergy sufferers in your home.
  • Gentle heating – the heating from a radiant system is gradual, which can feel more comfortable to some people as compared to a forced air system.
  • Easy zoning – the piping used with hydronic radiant flooring can be easily zoned for better heating customization.
  • Quiet operation – radiant systems deliver heat making little-to-no noise.

Radiant flooring is energy efficient, comfortable and durable, and it isn’t necessary to have a boiler to install it. If you think radiant floor heating is an option for your home, call Rentmeister Total Home Service today and schedule your heating appointment in Salt Lake City with one of our HVAC experts.

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What Are My Choices for a New Heating System?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

**Rentmeister Total Home Service No Longer Services Boilers Or Radiant Heating Systems, We Apologize If This Is An Inconvenience**

Here in Salt Lake City, you need a new heating system that will be sturdy and reliable. Often, it is best to replace an older heating system with a similar type. For example, it’s probably best to replace a forced-air heating system with a new furnace or heat pump, while it’s best to replace a radiant heating system with a similar model. But if you’re considering a brand new system for your new home, here are some of your options.

  • Furnace: Furnaces are some of the most popular systems available to homeowners, in part because of the relatively low cost of installation and the efficiency of many modern units. Furnaces may generate heat with electrical current or natural gas, and connect to the ductwork in order to distribute warm air.
  • Heat Pump: Heat pumps also connect to your ductwork, but this replaces both your heating and air conditioning system. Heat pumps work just like central air conditioners in the summertime, removing heat from the air inside and releasing it outside. However, in the winter, they can actually absorb heat from the outside air in order to release it into your home.
  • Hybrid Heating System: Sometimes, it’s too cold outside for your heat pump to absorb heat efficiently or effectively. For this reason, you may choose to install a hybrid heating system, which combines two fuels, gas and electric heating, for maximum energy savings. Most of the time, your heat pump absorbs heat from the outside, but when temperatures drop too low, around 30 degrees, the gas furnace kicks in.
  • Geothermal Heat Pump: A geothermal heat pump works much like a regular air-source heat pump except that it pulls heat from the ground instead of the air. The ground remains a constant temperature year round, which makes it a reliable source for heating and cooling.
  • Radiant Heating: Finally, radiant systems are some of the most efficient systems out there. These use hot water as a source of heat in order to distribute it evenly throughout the home either via a radiator, baseboard, or with piping underneath the floorboards, for the ultimate in home comfort.

You should always discuss your options with an expert before making any long-term decisions. Professionals can help you to decide which unit is right for you and what fits into your budget. Call the professional technicians at Rentmeister Total Home Service for any questions you have about heating services in Salt Lake City.

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Join Us at the Community Trunk or Treat!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

 

Join us at the 2nd Annual RC Willey Community Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 27 from 5-8pm at RC Willey (1693 W. 2700 S. Syracuse). Whether your costume is sweet or spooky, come join local Syracuse businesses for an evening of trick or treating! For the safety of our trick or treaters, the north parking lot will be blocked off so you can go trunk to trunk collecting your Halloween treats. You’re sure to have a fun and safe night!

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How Does Maintenance Prevent Repair?

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Did you know that up to 50% of all heating repair calls can be eliminated by scheduling maintenance for your heating system? That may seem like a big number, but it’s no surprise to the technicians here at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We think maintenance is so important that we not only offer an in-depth maintenance plan, but every maintenance appointment involves a checklist of 23 items to be completed as well. It’s recommended that heating maintenance is completed every 12 months, so if it’s time to schedule yours, call us today!

What Happens During a Maintenance Visit?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine maintenance appointment with a Rentmeister Total Home Service technician:

  • Thorough inspection of entire system
  • Cleaning of components
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Safety checks, especially for combustion systems
  • Small repairs (worn fan belts, frayed wiring)
  • Performance testing
  • Check of all electrical components
  • Check and testing of burner assembly

So how does maintenance help prevent repair? The key is the thorough inspection of your system. During this inspection, the technician will look for any existing or developing problems. This preventative step allows the technician to take care of small things during the appointment, and make you aware of larger issues before they can become bigger issues. Getting ahead of repairs helps to prevent them, which can also save you money down the road.

Other Benefits of Heating Maintenance

  • Better energy efficiency – the cleaning, adjusting and lubrication of the components allows the system to operate optimally
  • Better comfort – a worn and dirty system can have a hard time achieving the comfort level you want; when the system is tuned-up, it can perform as needed
  • Extends life of equipment – maintenance keeps your systems and its components in good working order, which helps reduce premature aging

Maintenance doesn’t just help prevent repairs; it provides a full system tune-up that can help improve overall performance and increase energy efficiency. Get ahead of winter weather and schedule your heating maintenance in Salt Lake City with your Rentmeister Total Home Service technician today.

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When Should I Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

If your heating system malfunctions in the middle of a particularly cold night, it can be frustrating, leaving you waiting for a technician and paying for unexpected repairs. You need a reliable heater for the cold winter months in Salt Lake City, which is why scheduling professional heating maintenance every year is vital.

Heating maintenance ensures the well-being of your unit because a technician completely inspects your unit for damages. This means you can schedule any necessary repairs early on, before they damage your system and it stops working when you need it most. Furthermore, parts of your unit are cleaned or adjusted as needed, to keep dirt and minor wear and tear from affecting your system.

So when is the right time to schedule heating maintenance? If you haven’t already called for maintenance this year, the best time is now! Don’t wait for issues to occur before calling a technician. There may be problems with the parts of your system that are hidden from view or are not yet large enough to cause an obvious problem. Waiting longer for maintenance increases your chances of your system malfunctioning. As winter goes on, the parts of your system may become overworked, which can lead to reduced heating or a failed system. And a technician has the right tools and training to catch repair needs that may not be immediately apparent.

In fact, the prospect of fewer repairs is not the only reason to call a technician early in the heating season. Scheduling maintenance early on also keeps you from paying too much on heating. If parts of your unit are worn down, other parts often have to work harder to pick up the slack, which means your unit will use more energy than it should. And with some types of heaters, maintenance can even protect your home and safety, preventing water damage and gas leaks.

For a thorough inspection of your heating system, call the dependable team at Rentmeister Total Home Service. We offer complete heating maintenance in Salt Lake City for any type of heating system as well as 24-hour emergency service, in case your unit suddenly breaks down.

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When to Schedule Heating Repairs

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Everyone knows that they need to have their heating system maintained and repaired from time to time. Your heating system won’t last nearly as long without regular maintenance, after all. That being said, some situations are far more advantageous than others when it comes to heating repair.

Read on to discover the best time of the year to schedule your maintenance.

Fall Maintenance

The best time to have your heating system maintained is always before a period of heavy usage. What’s the time of year that you use your heating system the most? Winter. So, the best time to schedule your annual maintenance is during the fall season. This way, you can be confident that your heating system is performing at peak efficiency during the season that you need it the most.

Waiting until winter is in full swing is not recommended. For one thing, HVAC repair demand will start to rise as the number of breakdowns increases. For another, you will increase the chance of your own system malfunctioning the longer you wait. The last thing you want is to be without heat in the middle of winter for any length of time. The increased technician demand will only increase the time you have to wait. Save yourself a great deal of time and money by having your heating repair done every fall.

Spot Checking

The other time you’ll want to have your heating repair done is when you notice something wrong. This may seem obvious, but the point is to schedule a service call as soon as you notice a problem. It may be tempting to put it off until the fall season. You likely aren’t going to be using it much during spring or summer anyway, right? Ignoring problems, however, will only make them that much worse when you finally do address them. It’s always best to tend to the problem as soon as it comes up.

If you have a problem with your heating, or haven’t scheduled your annual maintenance yet, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We conduct heating repairs throughout Salt Lake City.

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