Tips For Replacing Residential Boilers

The time to start thinking about replacing that old boiler that seems to have been around forever is not right when winter has arrived but rather before the weather begins to cool. Most experts, such as those at Masonmechanicalservicesllc.com, agree that if the boiler in the home is more than ten years old, it is time to replace it with an updated model. Here are some things to consider when choosing new Residential Boilers.

     *     The heating capacity of a boiler is measured by a unit called a British Thermal Unit, or more commonly shortened to BTU. This number signifies the amount of energy that it will take to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. This number varies greatly between homes as it is dependent on where the home is located, the physical size of the home, the number of doors and windows, the quality of insulation, and many other factors. The BTU rating of the boiler that is being considered must be large enough to properly heat the home, but not too large, as this lessens the efficiency of the boiler and can result in excessive energy expenditures that increase the heating bill.

     *     Another number that needs to be considered when shopping for a new boiler is the annual fuel utilization efficiency rating (or AFUE for short). This number tells how efficient the boiler is in converting the fuel into actual energy that heats. Experts recommend that buying a boiler that has a rating of at least 85 percent is the way to go. Boilers rated at this level are considered high-efficiency and are almost always rated as Energy-Star compliant, which means they are held to very strict efficiency standards as determined by the United States government. Generally speaking, new Residential Boilers rank in the following order: oil boilers rank at eighty to ninety percent AFUE, gas boilers have ratings between eighty-nine to ninety-eight percent, condensation boilers rank at 95 percent and above, and electric boilers have an AFUE rating of nearly one hundred percent as they waste very little energy.

Replacing the old and outdated boiler in the home is a very good idea. Not only will heating bills decrease, but they are easier on the environment. A new boiler can also act as a strong selling point if the house is put on the market. You can follow them on Google+ for more information.

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