7 June, 2023 Boiler maintenance

Your Alde heating system: a summer guide

A guide to caring for your Alde heating system for total comfort in the warmer months.

Using your Alde hydronic heating system in Summer

Welcome to another edition of our seasonal guides to your Alde hydronic heating system. In this piece, we’ll be guiding you through what you need to do to keep your heating system up and running in the warmer months. 

Just because summer is here doesn’t mean you won’t need your heating system – whether you’re traveling to colder climates or just want a  little extra heat, there are plenty of things you can do to maintain an optimal temperature.

Hot water without heating

You may want a hot shower on a summer’s day, but you don’t have to turn on the central heating system in your RV to do this. There’s a simple way to heat up your water supply without central heating:

Using your control panel, set your desired room temperature to 4 degrees below ‘ambient.’ This will shut off the central heating and stop the heating fluid from circulating and heating the entire room or vehicle. You’re now free to enjoy your hot water without using central heating.

Using your control panel

Our control panels are easy to use, and we’ve created a few quick guides to give you something to refer to, should you need it:

Staying comfortable

A good night’s sleep is always important, but during summer, it can be difficult to find the ideal temperature. If it’s too hot, you might wake up and open the windows to cool the room down, but you may wake up feeling cold. With our Night & Day settings, you can set the perfect temperature for different stages of the day. You can set the room to be warmer during the day and cooler at night, or vice versa.

If you want a cooler room at night, you can use a Normal Mode to set a ‘standard’ temperature for the day and then set a cooler Night Mode to start at 9 pm and end at 6 am, for example. At 6 am, the temperature will revert back to the Normal Mode temperature.

If you’re leaving your RV or motorhome for a while and you want to return to a cooler vehicle, you can set a Day Mode to work in conjunction with Normal Mode and Night Mode. If you’re out and about from 10 am to 3 pm, for example, you can set Day Mode for those hours to maintain a cool temperature and avoid returning to a hot caravan. Outside of these hours, your chosen Normal and Night Mode temperatures will kick in at the hours you’ve programmed. 

If you’re using Night and Day Mode as well as Normal Mode, it’s important to note that you should have at least an hour of Normal Mode between the Night and Day Mode periods. Otherwise, the modes will clash, and they won’t work. You will also want to make sure the system’s clock is set correctly to ensure the settings work at the right time.

Topping up the system

Your central heating system contains at least 3.17 gallons of Alde-branded glycol. The fluid level must be about .39 inches above the Min mark in the expansion tank. If it’s below this mark, you can top it up.

If the fluid in your system is blue-green in color, you can top it up with Alde-glycol. If your heating fluid is not blue-green,  it is recommended that you top it up with a cup or two of distilled water as a temporary measure before replacing the fluid with Alde-approved glycol. Never use regular tap water to top up the system. Please reach out to an Alde service provided to have your fluid flushed and replaced with the new formula

Replacing the fluid

You should replace your heating fluid every two years. The most effective method of replacement is flushing out the old fluid using the new fluid or clean water if you’re flushing the system. 

An Alde Service Partner can assist with fluid replacement. Click here to find your nearest Alde Service Partner.

We hope you find these tips useful for using and managing your Alde heating system during summer. You can find further information on our FAQ section, but if you have any further queries, please contact us today.

Warm regards, Alde