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The Basics of a Steam Heat Systems

As the term indicates, a steam heat system is a way of providing a heating system to a house or building by way of steam. Although steam heating used to be very popular, many newer systems have surfaced lately. Still, it cannot be denied that steam heating systems are more reliable and easier to maintain than any of the more heating systems prevalent today.

Moreover, upgrading a heating system can be very expensive and complex. If you are a building owner who uses a steam heating system without any plan to upgrade, you have to know how it works and how to keep it in good condition.

Basics of the Steam Heat System

There are four components of a steam heating system – a burner, a water boiler, pipes and radiators/convectors. The system works in a pretty straightforward manner. By applying heat to the water, the boiler turns it into steam. Then the steam travels down the pipes and enters the radiators and/or convectors in each room. This is the way stem heat is distributed all over a building. With energy spreading, the temperature of the steam goes down, converting it back to water, which will now be heated by the boiler all over again.

How the Boiler Is Heated

There are different ways the burner can heat the boiler. In most cases, electricity, oil or natural gas will be used. In general, boilers heated by electricity are more expensive to operate than those heated by oil or gas. However, they are so much easier to maintain, and, when they actually break, cause less damaged compared to the other two types. Electrically heated boilers are usually found in bigger buildings, while gas and oil-heated boilers are more commonly used in smaller buildings and residential properties.

Radiators or Convectors?

In a steam heating system, radiators work to transfer heat via completely exposed pipes. Convectors, on the other hand, are heating devices that work in a setup in which pipes that transfer heat are partially covered. Convectors and radiators are made in different shapes and sizes, and convectors are generally safer to touch because they are cooler than radiators. Still, extreme care is necessary when handling either.

How to Maintain a Steam Heat System

While steam heating systems are relatively low maintenance, they do need to be maintained regularly to keep them in good shape. The system must be thoroughly checked by a qualified professional at least once per year.

The daily care needs of the system can be handled by the user. For example, the boiler’s pressure and water gauges must be monitored. A water level too low means the boiler will just keep increasing its temperature, but the building won’t actually be heated. Water should be added at the soonest possible time. If the pressure level becomes too high, the boiler may just end up exploding. To make the pressure drop back to normal, the air valves can be temporarily loosened. Lastly, the air valves should also be oiled every now and then.

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