Are you in the process of building a new home for yourself and your family, or looking to replace an aging heating system in your current home? There are a few viable options available to you here, and one you shouldn’t gloss over is the boiler heating system.
At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we proudly offer boiler installation services in addition to our numerous other plumbing, heating and air services. We’ll both assess older boilers for their quality and install new ones when needed. What are some of the potential benefits associated with boiler heating systems compared to others? Here are some basics to consider.
Cost and Energy Savings
While some people instantly look elsewhere when they see that boiler installations come at a higher upfront cost than furnaces, it’s important to look a little deeper here before making a decision. Cost of a heating system should be considered over the life of the system, not just its initial cost – and from this perspective, boilers look a lot more attractive.
Simply put, it tends to cost less to operate a boiler over a period of time than a furnace. Boilers utilize hot water within pipes to create their heat rather than transferring air, and this is considered a more efficient method of heating that will save both energy and money. Over the course of several years, many find they save hundreds or even thousands in accumulated heating costs.
Some forced air systems, particularly older ones or those that have not been well-maintained, may have issues with heat distribution. Many of us have experienced this before: Heat collects at the top of the room first, taking a while to spread out to the entire space.
Boiler systems, on the other hand, heat areas evenly. They produce radiant heat based on their water source heat that moves evenly through any room.
Durability and Limited Maintenance Needs
Boilers also require fewer moving parts and components than furnaces or heat pumps, meaning they don’t require as much maintenance to operate on a regular basis. In turn, they also tend to last longer over a larger sample of time – heat pumps have 10-15-year lifespans and furnaces are generally closer to 15-20, but many boiler systems last 30 years or more with nothing but limited yearly upkeep.
To take us back to our initial point about cost, this is the full picture you need to evaluate. While you might indeed pay less now for a different heating system, a boiler is likely to be your most efficient option over the entire life of the system.
For more on the possible benefits of installing a boiler heating system in your home, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.