A residential boiler is an ingenious system that supplies heat to your home by distributing hot water or steam in your pipes and radiators. In modern residential properties, boilers are mostly hot water heating systems rather than steam heating systems. That is, the heat they distribute in your home comes from the heating of water. In older constructions, you will find more steam heating systems. Anyway, no matter the type of boiler you own, steam or hot water, they will protect you efficiently against the winter cold.
What Type Of Fuel Do Residential Boilers Use?
Boilers need heat to distribute hot water or steam throughout your home. There are different types of fuel that you may use to achieve that, depending on where you live. The fuel that most commonly heats boilers is natural gas. In the US, natural gas is easily distributed through pipes that run under the cities into homes. When an expert installs a boiler in your home, he places it on a burner connected to your city’s natural gas line. You then just need to turn it on and let it warm your home. In the rural areas of the US, where there is no natural gas pipeline, residents use propane as fuel for residential boilers. They store them in tanks and use them on boilers when their homes need heating.
These two types of fuel – natural gas and propane are the most commonly used fuel in the US in general, thus what most people use to heat their residential boilers. They both work perfectly with residential boilers.
In some other parts of the US, you might find homes that use heated oil. This type of heating system is very rare and less convenient. If we had to classify the best type of fuels for your boilers, natural gas would come first, followed by propane and heated oil.
Types Of Boilers
Residential boilers can be divided into two types: steam boilers and Hot water Boilers.
A steam boiler is a system that heats water to create steam that it will distribute throughout your home. It carries various advantages such as low cost of construction and low need in floor area.
Hot Water Boilers
Hot water boilers, as their name suggests, uses heated water distributed throughout your pipes and radiators to heat your home. One big advantage of hot water boilers is that you can use the water it heats for other purposes in your home, such as cooking and bathing. Hot water boilers are thus more energy-efficient and cost-effective than steam boilers.
Choosing the Right Boiler For Your Home.
Boilers, both steam and hot water, can be divided into low efficiency, standard efficiency, and high-efficiency boilers. Low-efficiency boilers are mostly old boilers that you will probably never have to buy. Therefore, we will not be paying much attention to them. The two other types of boilers are those you might be interested in purchasing – the standard efficiency boilers and the high-efficiency boilers. These two types are the most used boilers in American homes. Now let’s look at each of them to know which one is more suited to your budget, home, and lifestyle.
Standard efficiency Boilers: A standard-efficiency boiler is a less costly version of a high-efficiency boiler with an efficiency rating that can go as high as 84%. An 84% efficiency rating in a boiler means that the system loses a quarter of the heat it produces while working. Although it is not a lot, it still remains heat loss. It is a perfect choice for homeowners who can’t afford high-efficiency boilers.
High-Efficiency Boiler: A high-efficiency boiler is one that does not lose heat during the water heating process or when the heated water or steam travels through your radiators and coils. All the heat produced by a high-efficiency boiler is used for the heating of your home.
Opt For High-Efficiency Boilers
Owning a high-efficiency boiler has a lot of advantages both for your home and for the environment. The first major advantage is, as we mentioned before – no waste of energy. If we compare the efficiency rating of low efficiency, standard efficiency, and high-efficiency boilers, we will immediately notice the huge difference and advantage a high-efficiency boiler has. Low-efficiency boilers have an efficiency rate of about 50%. That is, half of the heat that it produces is wasted, which is considerable waste. On the other hand, a high-efficiency boiler will have an efficiency rating between 90 and 98 percent.
There is one more huge advantage high-efficiency boilers have over other boilers. It uses less fuel, so it is less polluting. This contained pollution is what makes a high-efficiency boiler good for the environment.
Our Residential Boiler Recommendation.
From our article, we believe that it is clear what type of boiler is ideal for any home. To totally enjoy your boiler and the comfort it can bring to your home, we recommend you buy a high-efficiency hot water boiler. Although they might be a little more expensive than other types of boilers, they will save you money in the long run. So you can consider buying it as a long-term investment. A high-efficiency boiler will cost you between $6000 and $11000 and save you between $3600 and $5200 in electricity bills. With a high-efficiency hot water boiler, you have it all good.
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