The importance of a boiler to a building can’t be measured. It provides heat and circulation to its residents and, as anyone who has lived through the harsh New York winter in the past few years can tell you, that’s mighty important. So why is it that some people don’t even think about the boiler until there’s a problem?
Compared to other key components of a building, the boiler is almost like a forgotten child sometimes, with its mantra possibly being "Out of sight, out of mind."
"People don’t want to know about it unless it stops working," says Richard Berger of New York Boiler Inc., which does cleanings and inspections throughout New York. "Most people don’t maintain their boilers properly. That is a problem."
Having a boiler running smoothly is a key to ensuring a comfortable winter. When the weather gets colder there are more demands put on a building’s boiler and it’s important that it is running at optimal output. So, even though summer has just ended, buildings need to prepare to have their boilers cleaned and inspected now rather than waiting for the cold spell to hit. By then it could be too late.
"Make the call sooner than later," Berger says. "Most people call in October or November and by then it’s too late. It’s hard to get an appointment."