What Is Radiant Heat Flooring?

Radiant floor heating is a popular, energy-efficient system to heat your family’s home that not only saves space, but can keep your family healthy and safe as well. Installing Radiant Heating Systems in Your Floors In a radiant heating system, warmth to the home is provided by hot water tubes or electrical wires that run underneath your home’s flooring, saving space often taken up by traditional heaters.  The thermal radiation from the tubes or wires rise, heating your home in a consistent, steady manner.  Homeowners can choose between hot water systems or electrical wire systems, depending on their needs and budget.  Once the type of system is selected and installed, it can be covered with a variety of floor substances like wood or tile.  Carpet is not always a good choice as the variable thickness can affect the effectiveness of the radiant floor heating system. Installation Cost and Energy Savings for Radiant Floor Heating New builds are often less expensive when considering the price of installing radiant heat flooring.  Retrofitting a home with radiant heat is possible, but will cost a bit more.  However, once installed, radiant heat saves homeowners an average of 15 to 30 percent on energy costs. Safety and Health Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating Systems Another advantage to this system is the reduced allergen exposure to your family.  Traditional heating systems blow hot air into a room, disturbing dust and bringing particles into the home.  Radiant flooring is practically invisible, warming your home without you realizing it’s there.  The lack of blowing dust and allergens improves the air quality of your home.   Radiant floor heating is also safer, eliminating hot surfaces, sharp edges or vents associated with traditional heating systems.   Once installed, they also require virtually no maintenance, reducing maintenance costs once again. Selecting a Radiant Floor Heating System for Your Home A floor-based radiant heating system is a convenient, energy-efficient, and safe way to heat a room or your entire home.  Some consider radiant heating when remodeling a room such as a bathroom or kitchen, which are both often rooms with cooler types of flooring such as tile or wood, but radiant floor heating is a great option for your entire home. Questions about what type of radiant heating system is the best option for your home?  Curious about the benefits for you and your family?  Contact the professionals at Mr. Green Plumbing...

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How to Troubleshoot a Broken Furnace… and When to Call an Expert

Homeowners often do not discover a problem with their furnace until a problem occurs.  During winter, coming home or waking up to a cold house is a sure sign that your furnace might be in trouble.  Troubleshooting your furnace can provide you with information to see if the problem is one you can handle yourself or one for which you need to call for professional assistance. Gas Leak This issue is one of the most dangerous and most important issue your furnace can have.  If you suspect a gas leak, do not light any matches or turn any light switches on or off.  In the case of a strong gas odor, evacuate the home immediately, leaving the door open.   Your gas supply valve is usually located by your gas meter.  Turn off the valve by rotating the valve one quarter turn with a wrench.  You will know the gas is off when the valve’s stem points perpendicular to the gas inlet pipe.   Immediately call your gas company and/or the fire department from a remote, safe location.  Do not return to the home until you are told it is safe by a fire department or gas company official.  Contact a professional furnace technician for assistance once it is safe to begin repairs. Gas Furnaces-No Flame Older gas furnaces may have a pilot light rather than an electric ignition that newer models have.  If the pilot lot will not remain lit, a number of issues may have occurred. The thermocouple, the copper rod that the pilot flame heats, may be loose or damaged, requiring it to be adjusted or replaced.  This problem is generally best done by a professional such as the experts at Mr. Green Plumbing.   Another issue could be that the pilot orifice is clogged.  You can clear this orifice yourself with a thin wire after turning off the gas.  In addition, you must shut off the switch or circuit breaker that supplies power to the furnace unit.  Once the gas and power to the furnace are turned off, just poke the thin wire into the orifice where the pilot flame is usually seen, cleaning out any debris. The pilot flame may just be set too low.  Some pilot lights have a flame adjustment screw which can be found by referencing your owner’s manual.  You need to ensure your flame is a steady and full 1.5...

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Winter is Coming! It’s Time for Furnace Repair

Your home’s heating system sits dormant for months at a time, making it impossible to know if furnace repair is needed until something goes wrong during cold weather. Systems that are idle for long periods often underperform when restarted for the first time. Protect your family or business from any sudden surprises in winter that can occur with a furnace that hasn’t been used for a stretch of time during the warmer months. Take the time to conduct furnace repair before the cold truly sets in. Preventative Maintenance for Your Furnace The professionals at Mr. Green Plumbing can inspect your furnace and complete the maintenance to keep your home or business warm and comfortable.  Depending on the model and type of furnace you have, preventative maintenance can include changing filters, checking the fan belts, cleaning air vents and ducts, lubricating bearings and bleeding the valves if necessary.  (Source:  How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter, The Dollar Stretcher) Maintenance tasks such as these can prevent minor problems such as an underperforming system as well as major problems such as dirty or dusty air vents and ducts causing carbon monoxide exposure.  Regular maintenance and repair can also save money by extending the life of your furnace. Furnace Repair by Mr. Green Plumbing During the annual inspection, issues with your furnace can be discovered and addressed before they cause an inconvenience for you and your family.  Mr. Green’s certified heating technicians can diagnose and correct the problem quickly and efficiently.  If your furnace is beyond repair, we can assist you with selecting the best replacement model for your needs and provide professional installation with service you can trust.  We provide a full range of quality furnace options and are qualified to design a system that will provide the most efficient and consistent heat for your home or business. Call now for your furnace inspection and preventative maintenance before winter arrives and the maintenance turns into the need for furnace repair....

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Don’t Wait for a Plumbing Disaster to Strike! 3 Tips to Prepare for a Plumbing Emergency

Do you know what to do in a plumbing emergency? Knowing a few basic action steps can mean the difference between a simple repair and a catastrophic flood cleanup. Take a few minutes to learn how to minimize water damage to your home when a plumbing emergency strikes. 1. Shut off the water Perhaps the most important step to take when your plumbing springs a leak is to turn off the water. Often the fastest way to do this is by shutting off the water main, which is where water enters your home from city pipes. Locate your water main shutoff valve now and be sure you understand how to turn it on and off, so you can act quickly if disaster strikes. Sometimes, rather than shutting down the entire water supply, you can turn off water to the particular appliance or fixture affected. For instance, if you can isolate the problem to a kitchen or bathroom sink, you can shut off the knob that controls water to that fixture. As you did with the water main valve, you should take a quick look ahead of time to quickly know where everything is located and how it works in case there is a plumbing problem. 2. Shut off your water heater If a plumbing emergency requires you to shut off your water main, be sure to shut off your water heater as well. You’ll need to close the valve that allows water to flow into your water heater and also turn off the power to the unit. Be sure to do both steps, because if the power is not also disconnected when you cut off water to your water heater, pressure inside the unit will begin to increase and could eventually cause the heater to explode. Some units are electric, and some run on gas. It’s important to know ahead of time which power source your unit runs on and know how to turn the unit off. 3. Patch Leaks Until a Professional Arrives Once water is cut off and you’ve shut down your water heater, you’ve taken important steps to avert a major disaster. However, there will still be water in your pipes that can leak and cause damage to your home. Minimize the mess and cleanup by temporarily patching any leaks. Keep a supply of plumber’s tape, rags and a couple of buckets on hand. Use these...

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5 Things to Check on Your Heater Before Winter

When temperatures first start to turn colder is the time to prepare your home for Colorado’s winter weather. Areas around Denver experienced low temperatures and record snowfall through late November and December in 2016, and it is impossible to tell when winter will descend on the Mile High City in 2017.  That makes right now the best time to check your heater before winter. A quick check of your heater before Colorado’s coldest season can prevent a big issue in your home. As well, this seasonal inspection helps your house to be eco-friendly, which has a corresponding benefit for your pocketbook. An annual inspection of your heater also extends the life of your heater and prevents your heating system from becoming a fire hazard, even on Denver’s coldest nights. So, what should you be looking for during this pre-winter inspection? Read on to learn the five things you need to check on your heater before winter.   #1: Check Your Air Filter Dirt, dust, and debris build up in the air filters of every single heater. It is actually the air filter’s job to catch this debris and prevent it from floating deeper into the heater. Best practice is to check and change your air filters every three months, but the most important time to put in new filters is before starting your heater for the winter. A clean air filter will keep your heater running smoothly and effectively. You will have cleaner, healthier air circulated through your home and save costs for repairs or maintenance later on. Plus, clean air filters can even keep your heater running longer.   #2: Take a Look at the Blower Belt One of the most important parts of your heater is the blower belt. Over time this rubber belt can become worn, and it will start to crack. To inspect this part of the furnace you need to turn off the power to the heater and remove the cover over the air handler. Once off, the blower belt will be visible, and you can look for wear and tear. If there are cracks or other damage to the rubber blower belt, it is necessary to replace the part. Once your heater is up and running for winter, it is easy to identify a problem with the blower belt. This large, rubber belt makes a lot of noise when it is damaged or...

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Easy Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. We rely on hot water every day for showers, cooking, laundry, and to clean our homes. Learn how to extend the life of your water heater and keep your unit in top condition with these easy maintenance tips. Regular Inspections A good rule of thumb is to inspect your water heater every six months. Regular inspections will help ensure your unit works efficiently and can alert you of any issues before they become catastrophic. Here are a few things to look for: Do you see any signs of a leak? Look all around and underneath the unit (raised water heaters) to make sure there is no condensation or leaks. Also inspect the ground near and below the unit for signs of drips, sediment, or puddles of water. Do you have a gas water heater? Take a look at the pilot light. A solid blue light indicates the heating element is working efficiently. If the flame is split, mostly yellow, or weak, this could indicate a need for repair. Also watch out for blackened areas near the burner, which could be caused by improper combustion or back drafting. Place your hand on the pipes on top of your unit. The pipe on the left side, labeled “hot,” should feel warm, and the pipe on the right side, labeled “cold,” should feel cool. If the pipes are reversed, this could greatly reduce the efficiency of your unit ― which could lead to higher energy bills and a shorter life-span of your unit. Inspect the unit for rust or corrosion ― this could indicate that it’s time to replace your unit. Regular Maintenance There are two fairly simple maintenance steps that will keep your water heating working properly for years. If you are handy, you may want to tackle these items yourself. Or our expert plumbers can perform these steps for you to ensure your water heater remains in top shape and lasts for years to come. Replace the anode rod. The anode rod is one of the important parts in your water heater, and regular replacement is the best way to extend the life of your unit. The anode rod attracts all the corrosive elements that would normally cause rust and corrosion in your water tank. Over time, the anode rod will wear down, and when this happens...

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