Keeping Your House Warm

While the summer season all over the United Kingdom is quite pleasant, and does not warrant the usage of air conditioning systems, the scenario is different during the harsh winter months with the average low temperature during this part of the season being five degrees centigrade. If this is not enough, snow and freezing temperatures are quite common. In such situations, it is extremely essential for residential properties to have heating systems. A quick online search will provide details about the different types of heating systems available... from those intended to heat a single room to those that can heat all the rooms of your residential property. The central heating system is most popular for heating entire residential properties. However, over time, corrosion builds up in the pipe used to supply heat in the rooms. In such a situation, one needs to install a dosing pot, which consists of a mild steel vessel with a filling valve, a drain valve, an inlet valve, and an outlet valve. The job of the dosing pot is to feed liquid chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors into closed heating systems. The liquid discharged by such a device helps clear corrosion from the pipes that deliver heat in the rooms. 

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What are the main components of a heating system within a house?

The main components include:

- Attic vent

- Insulation

- Furnace tube

- Humidifier

- Dehumidifier

- Warm air registers

- Warm air supply ducts

- Plenum, and

- The heater (typically a primary heating device such as a boiler or furnace located in an out of the way place such as the garage or basement)

How does the central heater work?

It delivers the heated air all over the house by sending steam or hot water via pipes to room radiators or convectors. The hot water or steam, over the years, builds up deposits of minerals inside the pipe, causing them to malfunction and not supply as much heat as they should. The best way to eliminate this problem is to circulate liquid corrosion inhibitors into them with the help of the dosing pot. This chemical removes all the accumulated corrosion from the pipe, allowing it to deliver optimum heat. The two different types of systems, gravity and forced air, makes use of thermostats that turn off the heating unit once the room gets heated to the desired temperature, and turns the heating unit on after the temperature falls below a set threshold.

Who are most vulnerable to the effects of cold weather?

Individuals suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular diseases are affected the most by cold weather. The skin of old people (those above the age of 70) is thinner than that of young people, making the former more susceptible to cold weather. People who are at maximum risk of being affected by cold weather include children, elderly individuals, and people suffering from mental and physical limitations or chronic diseases. Apart from this, cold temperature also affects malnourished people or people taking specific type of medications. People suffering from ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia suffer the most during the winter season. Install a central air heating system today, and ensure that you and your family members remain comfortable during the winter.