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I´ve got heat! [ Thursday, 06 Oct 05 | 13:07 ]
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My piso has eight radiators, but I could never figure out how to get them to work. Fortunately it never got that cold for me to really need space heating last winter. The thick walls of the piso minimize the daily temperature changes.

When I lived in Richmond, the house would heat up even in January because of all the windows, so I rarely needed to turn on the forced-air furnace. Only when it was cloudy for several days and a cold wind blowing would I need space heating.

Although forced-air heating is the norm in Northern California, radiators are more common here in España. The caldera next to the kitchen sink supplies hot water for faucets as well as for the radiators. Water heaters here in Europe are of the demand type and don’t have a tank to store hot water as in the US.

Several months ago I accepted a service contract from gasNatural, my supplier of natural gas. I noticed that it covered calefacción (heating) as well as my caldera. Last week I received a letter in the mail thanking me for signing up and that during October someone would be out to my place to check on my gas appliances. And yesterday I got a phone call and agreed to have a técnico come in today.

The technician arrived around eleven this morning and I told him that I didn’t know how to turn on the radiators. Immediately he started to work and pretty much disassembled the caldera. He unblocked the pipe to the radiators and then went around to each one to “bleed” the air. Now I know how to do that! I was surprised how quickly the place started to heat up!

He also measured the amount CO and CO2 in the kitchen and in the flue of the caldera. He said everything was fine and gave me a printout of the tests. I don’t think I have ever had this done in all my years living in California. The technician said that they check things once a year and left a number to call if I had any problems.

On a business note, gasNatural is in the middle of a hostile takeover of Fecsa Endesa, my electricity supplier. Both utilities are present in Iberoamerica as well as España.