Gas, Oil, Water & Steam Boilers
Feeling chills inside your home? The very first thing to look at is your boiler—the most common heating source in any water or steam-based system. Boilers use natural gas, oil, water, electricity, propane or wood to create hot water or steam which heats your home through radiators, baseboard convectors, radiant floors or fan-forced coils. Boilers are an essential way to stay warm during the colder months of the year.
Selecting the Right Boiler for Your Home
There are various types of boilers available, including high-efficiency units designed to help homeowners rein in high heating costs. If your heating system is more than 10 years old, you may be able to achieve substantial savings by switching to a newer model. Buying a new boiler is a major investment and requires careful consideration to ensure the system will operate as intended. We work with leading brand names such as Burnham, Weil McLain and Buderus. Our professionals can help you choose the right unit for your home or business and answer any questions you have.
Choose based on heat loss, not by square footage
When shopping for a boiler, ignore the old rule-of-thumb sizing, as this generally results in a boiler too large for the home. Choose a new boiler to replace the heat lost from your home through walls, ceilings, windows and other surfaces, using the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's "Manual J" guidelines.
Oil or Gas-Powered Boiler
Gas prices traditionally tend to fluctuate less than oil prices. If you have access to a municipal gas line, install a gas boiler to save money on heating bills.
Both the gas and oil boilers evenly distribute the wanted temperature throughout your home with the help of tubes installed behind your walls. However, the big difference between these two systems lies in the startup method. Gas boilers need fire in order to work, while oil boilers use an oil-fired boiler to heat your home.
The gas boiler is able to evenly distribute heat in every room, with just one flick of a match. Though it does require the help of a flame, it comes in a very easy to use system. By simply pushing a red button (for one minute) and lighting the pilot light, your home will be heated in no time.
Another option is combination boiler. Combination boilers incorporate water heating AND home heating into a single appliance. If you plan to upgrade your hot water heater, these units can save you space and maximize convenience.
Stick with boilers that incorporate sealed combustion chambers that exhaust fumes directly outside.
Another consideration when shopping for a new boiler is selecting a venting system that will work within your home. Chimney-vented boilers exhaust naturally through a chimney, while power and direct-vent boilers use fans to push exhaust through a roof or side wall vent. Since power-vent boilers use air from inside, they can be installed only in open rooms, not in tight closets or crawl spaces. Condensing boilers have special venting requirements due to the acidity of the condensation that they produce.
For additional help in choosing the right boiler for your home or business, in Frederick, MD or surrounding areas, call Tristate Home Services at 866-624-5970 or complete our contact form.