If your home is heated by forced hot water, also known as hydronic heat, then you have a boiler in your basement. It’s not unusual for a boiler to last for 20 years or more delivering warmth and comfort without fail. But, just like with any other appliance, a time will come when your boiler is at the end of it’s useful life and needs to be replaced.
For new boiler installation in Eastern Massachusetts contact the heating professionals at Absolute Precision Plumbing Heating & Cooling today.
A boiler is the central component in forced hot water heating systems. This type of system is very common here in Eastern Massachusetts where we have an older housing stock and often face bitter cold winters. Annual maintenance of boilers is your best defense to avoid a nightmare scenario such as loss of heat on a cold winter night. Maintenance should be performed by a qualified technician and it should include an inspection of your system to detect telltale signs that might indicate an impending breakdown.
While hydronic heating is both safe and economical a boiler that is not functioning properly may be dangerous and is most likely wasting fuel. Boiler repair and the replacement of worn parts can be a viable option in situations where the boiler can be brought back to peak efficiency for a number of years. But given that today’s boilers are much more efficient along with the fact that rebates are available for heating equipment replacement it may well be that replacing the boiler is your most cost effective solution.
For decades U.S. households have been fighting the battle against high energy costs. Since space heating accounts for a major portion of a home’s energy bill it stands to reason that greater efficiency in heating equipment would lead to a reduced energy bill. Fortunately, if you are now considering boiler replacement, we have good news.
Boiler technology has come a long way. Boilers installed today must meet federally mandated standards making them significantly more energy efficient than older models. An upgrade is certain to reduce your energy bill. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to expect that a new high efficiency heating system along with some home energy efficiency upgrades would cut the cost of space heating in half.
Replacing a boiler has upfront costs. But unlike many other home improvements it’s an investment that pays for itself over time. The amount of time it takes to recoup your investment depends on the efficiency of the new boiler, the expertise of your heating equipment professional, and the amount of any rebates and tax credits you may qualify for. Contact us to learn more about rebates.
To determine your payback period the chart below is a good starting point. It shows how much you can save yearly based on the AFUE ratings of your new heating system compared to the AFUE of the old one. If you live here in Eastern Massachusetts your home may be one of many that still have an older inefficient boiler–whether gas or oil . If that’s the case installing a new high efficiency boiler would pay for itself in perhaps five years or less just based on fuel consumption alone.
AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. In laymens terms; AFUE is a measure of how much of the fuel going into an appliance is converted into actual heat.
Another way to look at AFUE is in terms of dollars and cents. A 60% AFUE boiler is wasting 40% of the energy it consumes. That means it’s wasting $40 out of every $100 worth of purchased fuel.
To do a quick calculation find the AFUE listed on the nameplate of your current boiler and determine how much you spend on heating fuel yearly. Then divide the annual expenditure by 100 and use the appropriate column to multiply the result.
A forced hot water, or hydronic, heating system is superior in many ways to warm air systems. Hydronic systems radiate heat through a sealed system making for a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable environment.
The boiler replacement process should begin with a heating system evaluation from a trusted and knowledgeable heating system professional. If, in fact your home does need a new boiler a qualified professional will survey your home and make recommendations based on actual data and heat load calculations.
Your best choice in the North of Boston area is Absolute Precision Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Contact us here.
Specialists in high efficiency heating systems Absolute Precision has over 30 years’ experience installing all makes, models, and sizes of boilers. With an evaluation of your family’s comfort needs along with accurate sizing information for your new system we’ll help you select a boiler that’s a perfect fit for your home. Once installed, your system will be running at peak efficiency. You’ll enjoy superior warmth and comfort while saving money on your energy bill.
For precision comfort along with precision control you can count on Absolute Precision Plumbing Heating & Cooling.