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Even with regular heating system maintenance, you may eventually need a boiler repair service or even a boiler replacement in order to maintain indoor comfort in your home. There are certain signs to look out for that indicate it’s time to consider replacing you heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. If the following indicators are present it may be time to call a professional contractor to help you with your appliance.
- Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. If it is consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. When installed correctly, these high efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
- Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old. Think about replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. However, if you have a boiler, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.
- Your equipment requires frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
- Your cooling or heating equipment is becoming less efficient.
- Certain rooms in your home are too hot or too cold. This may be the cause of improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation.
- Your home has humidity problems. Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer.
- Your home has too much dust. This may be happening because the leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may help minimize the dust around your home.
- Your heating or cooling system is noisy. This may be that you have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.
Choosing the right boiler for your home is a very important task. There are so many makes and models available, that it makes choosing the right contractor critical. The Energy Experts have extensive experience and the right tools to assist you with making the best choice for your home. A new boiler is a long term investment that you want to make sure keeps your home and budget comfortable.
Here is some helpful information on the different types of boilers available to you.
A domestic boiler is a large home appliance in charge of heating your home. A domestic boiler can be powered by a variety of fuel sources among the most popular is natural gas. Essentially a domestic gas boiler works by heating water and distributing it through a system of pipes that extends into every room to heat your home. If you need to purchase a new domestic gas boiler for your home, here are some points to keep in mind.
- Look for the AFUE rating, which stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The Federal Trade Commission requires that domestic gas boilers have a minimum rating of 75%, but more efficient models are available to you.
- Ask a professional how the domestic gas boiler operates. The basic operation will affect its overall efficiency. The more efficient the process, the more money you can save. The most efficient process is completed by condensing gas within a second heat exchanger. A mid-efficiency domestic gas boiler will use exhaust fans, combustion air, and flowing combustion air. While the least efficient domestic gas boiler uses natural draft flow.
- Check out the size options for domestic gas boilers. There are many factors that go into sizing a boiler, and the contractor working with you will help you determine the right size for your home. However, remember that you need to choose a domestic gas boiler that has at least the capacity to heat the amount of square footage you have in your home.
- Pay attention to the total cost of the domestic gas boilers you are choosing. Make sure to look for a domestic gas boiler that fits your budget and factor in your return on investment.