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Boiler Safety 101: Best Practices for Preventing Accidents

Do you have a boiler that helps you warm up your household?

If you do, then you likely want to make sure that your boiler is working properly. We would also suggest double-checking to make sure that the boiler is efficient and works safely.

The best way to ensure that your boiler is in the best condition is with expert boiler service in Eden Prairie, MN. We have some additional best practices you can adopt to help keep your boiler running smoothly.

Best Practices When Using Your Boiler

When you turn on your boiler, you deserve to have a system that you can rely on to heat your home reliably, safely, and efficiently. Here are some easy ways to ensure that you are running your boiler in a way that helps you get the most from it.

  • Ensure that the boiler is getting water that is good quality: Much like a water heater, a boiler that has to deal with hard water or water that is just generally poor quality is going to be more prone to problems. If you aren’t sure about your water quality, look into getting an assessment and investing in any necessary equipment like a water softener or filter.
  • Keep the space around the boiler clear. A boiler is a heating system and any heating system can prove dangerous if it is surrounded by flammable items. For one thing, your boiler can easily overheat if it is surrounded by clutter. And, of course, your boiler can cause a fire if the items around it are flammable. This is why you should keep the space around the boiler, about three feet worth, clean and clear.
  • Make sure all boiler terminal points are unblocked. Your boiler is attached to a radiant heating system. Whether this is in-floor heating, in-wall heating, radiators, or baseboard heaters, these must all be clear to be able to radiate heat into the house. One of the best things you can do for your boiler is to keep these terminal point unobstructed by furniture or decor. This will make it easier for the system to do its job—heating up your home!
  • Keep your thermostat at a reasonable setting. We know that on a cold day you may be tempted to increase your thermostat temperature more than usual. However, you are better off keeping that thermostat setting reasonable, around 68°F. Keeping this temperature in place can help reduce the strain on your boiler and reduce the risk of repair needs over the years.

When to Get Expert Boiler Service

Aside from knowing what you can do for your boiler to ensure it can easily warm your home, any other upkeep is best left to the professionals. Regular boiler maintenance should help keep repairs at bay and keep your system running safely. If needed, boiler repairs can directly address problems that the system develops over the years. Professional service is important to keeping your boiler running and keeping your home safe and warm.

Whatever boiler service you need, contact Residential Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment.

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