Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.


Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Does Your Boiler Require Repair? Find Out

Nicole Jacobs

A boiler is indispensable during winter because it provides you and your family with much-needed comfort and relaxation. However, your heating unit may malfunction for one reason or another. As a result, you will notice temperature variations that differ from the thermostat setting. In addition, your utility bills will spike as the boiler strains to deliver hot water or steam around your home. Call a professional heating system repair expert when you detect something unusual in your boiler. The following are signs indicating your boiler needs repair. 

Strange Noises 

If you hear strange noises from your boiler, the unit could be due for repair. Usually, a noisy boiler indicates an internal component malfunction. For instance, your boiler will kettle due to limescale buildup that constricts the pipe, making the flow of water more turbulent. Moreover, humming noises indicate water entering the tank at an overly high pressure. Excessive water pressure makes the system vulnerable to leaks. So call your heating system repair professional to examine the boiler when you hear unusual sounds.

Unpleasant Smells

Your heating unit will emit bad odors if something is wrong. For instance, a rotten egg smell points to a leak in the gas line connection. On the other hand, a burning smell occurs when debris contacts the metal coil. You will also notice musty smells due to mildew buildup inside the boiler. Since prolonged exposure to gas and mold spores can adversely affect your health, you should contact a heating specialist immediately. They will patch the leaks, replace loose access fittings, and clear mold in the system.

Rising Energy Bills

A thorough examination of the system is crucial if your energy bills do not correlate to the boiler's usage. Unexplained spikes in energy bills can result from gas leaks. In addition, dirt and debris may accumulate on the heat exchangers, insulating them. Dirt buildup slows the heat transfer rate, making the boiler run nonstop to heat water adequately. Call a trained heating repair expert if you suspect your boiler is behind your spiraling energy bills.

A Yellow Flame

The presence of a yellow flame in your boiler indicates an improper air-to-fuel ratio. This flame occurs due to dirt and scale accumulation on the gas burners, causing incomplete combustion. Additionally, a lack of adequate ventilation and supply of combustion air can cause a yellow flame. In that case, you should hire a heating system repair contractor to clean the gas burners. Clean burners ensure proper ventilation and sufficient air supply for complete combustion. 

If you fail to address boiler malfunctions promptly, you will experience premature system failure. Also, remember to schedule routine tune-ups with a heating professional to ensure your unit is in good working order.

Contact a local heating system repair service to learn more.