Replacing Your Boiler – Your Options
February 1, 2016
As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
Although older boiler systems had efficiencies in the range of 56%–70%, modern conventional heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 97%, converting nearly all the fuel to useful heat for your home. Energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can often cut your fuel bills and your furnace’s pollution output in half. Upgrading your furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year if you heat with gas, or 2.5 tons if you heat with oil. If your boiler is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, the simplest solution is to replace it with a modern high-efficiency model. Old coal burners that were switched over to oil or gas are prime candidates for replacement, as well as gas furnaces with pilot lights rather than electronic ignitions.
Replacing Your Water Heater
Heating water accounts for approximately 15 percent of a home’s energy use. High efficiency water heaters use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard models, saving homeowners money on their utility bills. Actual energy savings from high efficiency water heaters depend on family size, heater location, and the size and placement of water pipes.
Tankless water heaters are used in place of or in addition to conventional tank water heaters. You may hear tankless water heaters referred to as on demand heaters, instant and instantaneous water heaters, inline, flash or continuous. Except for what goes through the heat exchanger coil, these devices do not retain water like a tank water heater. These heaters can either be used at a specific location such as a shower, or kitchen or a larger model can provide all of the hot water requirements for an entire home. If your tankless water heater system is sized correctly (sometimes more than 1 unit is needed) you should never run out of hot water.
Contact us and we’ll help you decide what boiler system works best for your home and budget.
Jim Lavallee Plumbing
Serving Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston area
Phone: Toll-free (888) 884-4122