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Types of Boilers for Homes

Types of Boilers for Homes

Home heating systems are typically powered by a boiler or a furnace. Having the right unit to provide the heat that your home needs is a necessity, especially in those cold winter months. We're going to go over what a residential boiler is, the different types available on the market, and the factors you'll need to consider when selecting which one to purchase to meet your home heating needs.

How Does A Boiler Work?

A boiler system works by supplying either steam or hot water throughout the pipes in your home. These pipes are connected to radiators or baseboards and provide heat for the interior of your home. The boiler itself sits on top of a burner. This burner is powered by an external fuel source.

The most popular type of home heating fuel is natural gas. This is most commonly used in cities where homes have easy access to city natural gas hookups. Most homes will have a monitor that shows how much gas they're using each quarter, which they'll then be charged for by their natural gas provider. Other options for rural homes include propane gas and traditional heating oil. However, these tend to be more expensive than natural gas.

The Two Types Of Residential Boiler Systems

There are two main types of residential boiler systems on the market: hot water and steam systems. Hot water boilers pipe hot water throughout the heating system in your home, meaning the radiators or the baseboards. Steam boilers conduct steam throughout your heating system to provide warmth throughout the interior of your home.

Considerations When Purchasing A New Boiler

Most residential boilers last between 10 and 15 years. When it creeps on that special time to get a new unit, there are some necessary factors you need to take into consideration. The first is the type of boiler system that you currently have. If your home is set up for a steam boiler, you'll need to buy a steam boiler. Conversely, if your home is set up for a hot water system, then you'll need to purchase a hot water boiler.

You'll be given two options of either high-efficiency systems or standard-efficiency boilers. When a standard efficiency system is in place, some of the energy used to heat the boiler is naturally lost. A high-efficiency system is all about saving that lost energy during the conduction process. This means that you'll use less fuel to heat your home with a high-efficiency system than you will with a standard-efficiency system.

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A new boiler can be a big investment for any homeowner. If you need some guidance on picking the right system to meet your needs and budget, give us a call today.

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