Is your home heated by a boiler? Is your boiler not heating your home evenly, the way it used to?
Most home heating boilers are expected to have a lifespan of anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, they do wear out. And depending on how much you use them and the maintenance record of your equipment, in some cases replacement may be your best option.
The good news is that boilers of today are far more energy efficient than their predecessors. If you choose to install one now, the price of replacing can be offset by the potential savings you’ll see on your utility bill.
Today’s boiler systems have seen significant advancements even from just a few short years ago. When you are ready to purchase a new boiler, be sure to look for the Energy Star certification to ensure it has an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of 85 percent or greater.
Today’s boiler systems have improved their green performance values in a number of ways:
- Instead of lighting with a pilot light, which requires constant fuel from the source, today’s boilers are ignited by electricity.
- They have a lower carbon footprint by using an advanced combustion technology that extracts more heat from the source.
- They have a sealed combustion system that is fueled by outside air, which reduces the possibility of releasing carbon monoxide emissions into your home.
- They have a condensing boiler to preheat cold water before it enters the boiler, which reduces heat waste. This increases the efficiency significantly.
Boiler systems are powered by a variety of fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil and electricity. A natural gas boiler will generally be the cheapest to run, but depending on the system you already have in place may make other options more attractive.
Is it time to replace your boiler system?