Are Boilers Efficient? Find Out Answers to this and More in Our Boiler Guide
One of the first questions that HVAC professionals are asked about their heating systems is “Are boilers efficient?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Peruse the points in our boiler guide below to find just how efficient they are when it comes to saving energy and fuel.
How Do Boilers Work? It’s Not by Boiling Water
The name of a boiler is quite deceiving because the water is never heated to above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only would boiling water running through your pipes and radiators make the air uncomfortably hot it would raise your natural gas costs.
This is because it takes a great deal of energy to boil water. Many boilers efficiently heat your home at a 60-degree temperature and do so by heating the water in your pipes with a natural gas flame.
The water then expands and rises throughout your home, where it spreads radiant heat, before cooling and descending back down to the boiler where it is recycled.
The High Water Pressure Does Not Add Humidity to the Air
When most people think of boilers, they think of water spurting out of hissing old radiators and adding humidity to the air. Today’s modern radiant heating systems are self-contained and do not add a type of steam to your environment.
However, for these systems to work properly, your pipes must be full of water, which means that your home’s plumbing system must have excellent water pressure.
If you have low water pressure, your HVAC professional may suggest that you install new pipes or widen them at the main input pipe to your home from the city, before you install the new boiler.
Boilers Are Energy Efficient and Can Cut the Costs of Your Heating Bill
Boilers are incredibly energy efficient because they work by retaining the heat in the pipes for hours. You also save on your water bill because any water that is cooled down is then sent back to the boiler for reheating and recirculation through your building.
Furthermore, there are no vents or flues that allow the heat you pay for to waft away because radiant heat systems are so self-contained. This results in substantial savings with many homeowners only paying 10% of the costs that they did before the installation of their new boiler.
As you have probably noticed, there are a lot more benefits to installing a boiler than meet the eye. Residents of Lexington, KY will also enjoy the health benefits of breathing air free of particulates and other toxins as well as having more control over their inner environment in general. To find out more about what type of boiler installation best suits your needs, either an entirely new system, retrofit or install plus water pressure upgrade, consult with your plumbing professional.