The winter season has arrived, and you want to secure your family’s safety and comfort. Now is the time to inspect your boiler. Boilers use natural gas, oil, electricity, propane, or wood to generate hot water or steam that is used to heat a home through radiators, baseboard convectors, radiant floors, or fan-forced coils.
If your equipment is older than ten years, you may want to consider replacing your boiler. If you have started spending more on boiler maintenance than in the past, it may be time for a replacement. The newer models are more energy-efficient and will lower your energy expenditures.
When replacing obsolete equipment, size and performance are two crucial aspects to consider.
Here are some suggestions for choosing the optimal boiler.
What size is optimal?
A boiler’s capacity is measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs. This is the amount of energy required to increase one pound of water’s temperature by one degree Fahrenheit. Each structure has a unique BTU need based on its geographical location and temperature, the number of windows and doors, and the quality and quantity of insulation in the walls and ceilings.
The BTU requirements in a chilly environment can be computed using 50 BTU per square foot of interior space. For instance, if your home is 2,000 square feet, you would need a boiler capable of producing approximately 100,000 BTUs.
Why is efficiency so crucial?
When choosing a new boiler, the AFUE rating must be taken into account. This is the annual fuel economy rating. This rating shows the unit’s efficiency in converting fuel to heating energy.
Any boiler with an AFUE of 85 percent or higher is called a high-efficiency boiler; many of these are Energy Star-certified, indicating they exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s severe energy-efficiency requirements.
The bulk of contemporary oil furnaces has AFUE ratings between 80 and 90 percent, with gas equivalent ratings ranging from 89 to 98 percent. Condensing boilers can attain an efficiency of more than 95% when coupled with an exterior reset modulating device that compensates for ambient temperatures.
Electric boilers are virtually 100 percent efficient since they produce no waste gas; they are an excellent choice in sections of the country where electricity is inexpensive.
Power-vent and direct-vent boilers use fans to force exhaust through roof or side wall vents, while chimney-vented boilers exhaust through a chimney. Since power-vent boilers require interior air, they may only be installed in open areas and not in closets or crawlspaces. Due to the acidity of condensate produced by condensing boilers, strict venting criteria are required.
Contact NG Installs immediately to find out more about boilers and how to select the ideal one for your home or company. Our knowledgeable consultants can help you find the appropriate boiler for your home or company. When your equipment goes down, NG Installs understands that you require rapid assistance.
Our customers have come to rely on our knowledge of boiler controls and boiler parts, in addition to our dedication to customer service. We are the leaders in boiler replacement and boiler maintenance.
It may be tough to evaluate what equipment is appropriate for your home and budget, but the trained experts at NG installs can assist you in locating the ideal alternator.Just give us a call or send us an email to get a free quote.