January is, on average, the coldest month of the year here in Minnesota. By now, we hope you have your heating system tuned-up and ready to work. But if you happen to be looking to replace or install a new residential heater, you have plenty of options. In addition to the conventional furnace and two-in-one heat pump, you can add a boiler to your list of top contenders.
A boiler system uses hot water or steam to heat a home. The main advantages of boilers are higher heat output than forced-air systems and impressive energy efficiency.
How does a boiler system work?
As the name might imply, a boiler uses water to heat a home – opposed to warm air distributed through ducts as with a forced-air system. There are two main types of boilers: hot water and steam. In both cases, a boiler has a burner that heats water, and then that water or steam is sent through pipes to radiators units throughout the home. The most common fuel source for boilers is natural gas, but propane and heating oil systems are also available.
Once the hot water or steam is produced, it is directed through pipes to a radiator or radiant flooring system. From there, the heat from the water/steam is transferred from the radiator into the room to increase the air temperature.
Are boilers energy efficient?
One of the most important factors to consider in any heating system, including boilers, is energy efficiency. A higher rating means that it uses more of its energy to heat the home, and less energy is lost or wasted. Not only are high-efficiency appliances good for the environment, but they can help lower your monthly utility bills.
Boilers come in both standard and high-efficiency systems. High-efficiency systems are rated above 90% energy efficiency and qualify as an ENERGY STAR® appliance.
Pros and cons of boilers
Replacing or installing a new heating system is a big decision. If you’re considering a boiler, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind.
- Produce more heat than forced-air heating systems
- Can be more energy efficient
- Can eliminate the need for a separate water heater (for hot water boilers)
- New technology that makes systems more efficient, reliable, and convenient
- Typically are more expensive to install
- Need to monitor boiler pressure
- Requires different maintenance and safety checks
Residential boiler installation in Buffalo, MN
If you’re interested in learning more about residential boilers or if this type of heating system is right for your home, schedule a consultation with DeZiel Heating & AC. Call us today at 763-684-3965.