If you depend upon your boiler for heating your home, it can be stressful if it goes out. This means that prompt replacement is a necessity to ensure you and your family remain warm. Before purchasing the first unit offered, take a few minutes to read the following guide so that you understand the different types of boilers, which will allow you to make an educated choice.
Know your heating needs
The main concern when shopping for a boiler is ensuring it is sized appropriately for your home. To do this, you need to know the square footage of your home and how much heat the boiler can produce, which is measured in BTUs. On average, the boiler will need to produce about 25 to 30 BTUs per square foot in a moderate climate. In this case, you would multiply the square footage of your home by 25 or 30, and then choose a boiler that can produce that amount of BTUs.
Verify the fuel source
Once you know your size needs, you can further narrow down the available boilers by checking the fuel sources. In most homes, this will be either gas or electric. If you currently have a gas boiler, you can switch to electric with little effort if your local electricity costs tend to be lower than natural gas. On the other hand, if you previously had an electric boiler and your home is not already set up for natural gas, it can be cost prohibitive to switch to a gas boiler. In this case, you will probably only want to look at electric boilers. If you use gas in other parts of your home, talk with your installer to see if switching to a gas boiler is a suitable option in your specific case.
Check the efficiency
Your next step is to find the most efficient unit possible at a price that you are comfortable with. Fortunately, boilers are rated with an Energy Star listing, which makes it simple to compare the efficiency between different models, as well as to estimate the cost of running the boiler. Choosing the highest efficiency may cost more upfront, but it will save you money over the lifetime of the boiler since it will take less energy to run.
For more help in finding the right boiler for your home heating needs, contact a boiler repair and installation contractor in your area, such as those at Boiler Services, Inc..