Home heating systems in the United States are surprisingly diverse, especially when it comes to older buildings. The One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area team has seen many different systems and has serviced them all. Old fashioned radiator systems are still a common Santa Rosa CA heating solution; though these systems still work perfectly many decades after they were first installed, the system in your home may benefit from a little technical upgrade.
More Control Over Your Heating System
One of the main disadvantages of radiator heating systems is that they lack the programmable thermostat that is common on newer systems. Temperature is imperfectly controlled through a series of valves. Finding just the right setting becomes a matter of trial and error since these valves lack the precision settings of modern thermostat-enabled systems.
A thermostatic radiator valve works in a way similar to the older one but allows the user much greater control over the radiator’s heat output. A thermostatic control dial features marked increments so you can see at a glance what kind of heat output your home is experiencing. This feature can actually help you save a great deal of money on your heating bills each month. Though this isolated upgrade may not give you as much control as a programmable thermostat, it will still be a welcome change.
Adding a Thermostatic Valve
If you want to explore the possibility of upgrading your old radiator system to one that includes a thermostatic valve or programmable thermostat, just contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of the Bay Area to speak with one of our technicians.
Source: Mother Nature Network, “Teach an Old Radiator New Tricks by Installing a Thermostat,” Katie Marks, February 12, 2014