Home Heating Systems

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A kerosine space heater.
Space Heaters and Carbon Monoxide

Stay warm and safe when a cold snap comes.

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How to Purge Air from a Hot Water Boiler

Mixing air with water can cause performance issues.

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Troubleshooting Radiant Ceiling Heat Problems

Radiant ceiling heat requires maintenance and care too.

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Ceramic Heater Safety: Advantages of Ceramic Heaters

These heaters are compact and available in many varieties.

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How to Install a Central Heating Timer

A central heating timer controls the interval for which a central heating system works.

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How to Repair an Electric Heater that Won't Turn Off

In many cases maintenance is all that is needed.

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How to Repair an Electric Heater: Fan Doesn't Work

The electric heater fan is responsible for pushing hot air out of the unit.

An electric heater and other systems in a room.
Troubleshooting Electric Heaters Emitting Smoke or Odor

There are a number of things that can cause electric heaters to smoke or emit strange odors.

A baseboard heater.
How to Remove a Hot Water Baseboard Heater

A hot water baseboard heater is an inefficient way to heat your home.

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How to Install a Hot Water Baseboard Heater

Learning to correctly install a hot water baseboard heater is a technical skill.

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Electric Central Heating vs Gas Central Heating

Considering putting in a new central heating system, check out the pros and cons of electric versus gas.

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Troubleshooting a Zone Valve That Won't Close

Troubleshooting a zone valve that won't close is important to the proper operation of your heating.

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How do Ceramic Heaters Work?

Fans and thermostats inside the ceramic heater prevent it from overheating.

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Are Ceramic Heaters Energy Efficient?

Ceramic heaters are a type of electric heater that spread heat through convection.

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Troubleshooting Common Problems with Your Electric Furnace

An electric furnace can be a convenient way to heat a home.

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How to Replace a Natural-Gas Furnace

Hiring a professional to replace or install a natural-gas furnace is expensive.

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How to Operate and Adjust Heat on a Steam Radiator

Before winter hits, ensure your radiator is heating properly.

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Can Electric Hydronic Baseboard Heaters Save You Money?

The short answer of whether electric hydronic baseboard heaters can save you money is yes, they can.

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Why the Boiler Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

If your boiler pilot light keeps going out and will not stay on, there are things you can check.

A man works on a boiler.
How to Drain a Gas Boiler

Draining a boiler clears accumulated sediment.

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How to Attach Wiring of Your Heater Thermostat to Your Furnace

Learning how to wire your thermostat to your furnace will help you save on professional electrician.

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Central Heating System Blows Cold Air: What to Do?

If your central heating system is blowing out cold air, follow these steps to repair it.

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Ceramic Heaters vs. Infrared Heaters

Which electric heater is the best for your space?

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8 Basement Heating Options to Consider

Basements are often naturally cool, but what if you need yours to be warm?

A homeowner adjusting the settings on a digital thermostat.
How to Replace Your Thermostat

Replace your old, inefficient thermostat and upgrade your HVAC in seven steps.

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4 Dangers of Using an Oil Filled Baseboard Heater

An oil filled baseboard heater is made up of a heating element which is inserted in oil. The oil transforms the heat from the heating element, and the heat is sent out into the room. An oil filled baseboard heater is considered a more energy and cost efficient space heater, but there are a few dangers

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How to Repair Noisy Hydronic Baseboard Heaters

Hydronic baseboard heaters are one of the oldest home heating systems available. The heaters are usually installed along the bottom of a wall. They draw cool air from the room, heat the air, and then discharge it from the top of the heater into the room. The heater makes use of heated fluid to regulate

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How to Build a Wooden Radiator Cover

A wooden radiator cover can protect the radiator and also add warmth to the room’s atmosphere. When building a wooden radiator cover, you need to keep in mind the fact that you cannot completely cover the radiator and that the heat needs to get out from the front and the sides of the cover. You Will

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What is the best way to bleed the radiator valves on my boiler?

As air gets trapped in your boiler radiator, you will need to bleed the radiator valve to release this air and allow your radiator to resume heating at full capability. Bleeding the Valve Begin the bleeding process by turning off the boiler's electrical power. Locate the bleeder valve, insert the radiator

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How do I identify the boiler drain valve?

Drain Valve Location In order to drain your boiler, you will first need to know what a boiler drain valve is and where to locate it on your boiler. Not all boilers may look the same, but typically, you will find the drain valve near the base of the boiler, almost always at the boiler's lowest point.

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What are some safety tips to remember when applying a rust inhibitor to your boiler drain?

A leaky boiler drain will often be caused by a rusty drain and will require you to apply a rust inhibitor to stop the leak. There are certain tips you'll need to do this safely. Tip 1 – Shut off Electrical Power Most likely there will be water on the floor around your boiler, a very good conductor

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How do I replace a furnace thermostat?

Replacing a furnace thermostat requires a basic understanding of HVAC technology. The most common kinds of furnaces are gas or electric. To see what kind of thermostat you need, remove your current thermostat from the wall but do not disconnect anything. Count the number of wires you have and make note

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What is the best way to test a thermostat furnace?

The very first thing to do when you are testing a furnace thermostat is to replace the battery if it is battery-operated. If you have any questions about the performance of your thermostat, and it has been a while since you replaced the batteries, then replace them before doing anything else. To do a

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How do I troubleshoot malfunctioning heat pump thermostat wiring?

There are a few ways that you can tell if your heat pump thermostat wiring is faulty. If you notice that your heat pump turns on and off frequently, that could be the sign of a problem. This activity would be a more abrupt and frequent on-and-off than the normal heat regulating pattern used by a properly

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Tips for Installing Basement Heating

Basement heating is necessary to counter the low underground temperatures. While it is easy to heat the ground buildings, heating the basement is a challenge. The underground is the coldest part in any house. Touch the floor and touch the wall, you will find that the floor is much colder. The underground

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Tips for Improving Basement Heating

If your basement seems a bit chilly even though you have vents in the area, your basement heating may need a boost with a few do-it-yourself projects. These tips for improving your basement heating can easily be completed by a beginner. Seal the Windows Basement windows, if you have them, need to be

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How to Remove Hot Water Radiators

If you are planning to paint a room that is heated by a hot water radiator, you may find you will run into a few challenges because of the radiator's position against the wall. You will need to remove the radiator until you are finished with your painting project. Materials Needed: 2 Pipe Wrenches

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Your Options for Baseboard Heating Alternatives

Baseboard heating systems sit near the baseboard that is placed against the wall of a room. They get their name from this position. Baseboard heating heats up rooms at a low temperatures, which makes these heaters safer for children, pets and the household in general. The other benefit is that they make

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Is Hive Heating Worth It?

This smart home system is tricky to set up, but cuts costs.