Thirty years ago, oil boilers typically incorporated a DHW coil and were set up to run 24/7/365. Poorly insulated, the mechanical room often doubled as a warm place to proof dough for bread baking. I can close my eyes and smell that wonderful odor from Mom’s large bowl of rising dough.
Her name was Elizabeth. It was immediately obvious she was mad as hell!
"I want to know why I just got an electric bill for more than $1,500. The electric company says it was my heating system. You need to get someone over here right away and fix this thing. And, I want to know how much you will charge me before you send someone because I'm a widow and I won't stand for being ripped off."
Is there a standard of care in the plumbing industry? We learn at our mother’s knee (and my mother was no exception): “Wipe your feet or take off your shoes!” She had worked hard to keep our home clean.
Customers with steam heating systems often ask about the possibility of converting to hot water and it’s been my experience that this request is driven by three basic needs: No. 1 is reducing the annual operating costs; No. 2 is uneven distribution of heating; and No. 3 is safety due to small children or elderly being burned (1-PSI steam delivers 215°F radiator surface temperature).
Fuel prices are expected to hold steady in 2014, but the need for businesses to stay competitive while keeping operating costs down remains strong. Since fuel is the largest fleet operating expense, efficient fuel utilization is essential....More