Hot water boilers are invaluable and provide a level of heat that some other types of heating systems can’t match. Rather than moving heat through vents and ductwork and distributing it through the home, heat radiates into each room via a heat transfer from hot water. But there are also lots of misconceptions about boilers and the components associated with them, such as baseboard heaters, radiators, and underfloor heating systems.
In this new post, we explore some of the things that all hot water boiler owners need to know.
- Most modern home boilers don’t utilize steam
Despite their name, most modern hot water boilers don’t actually “boil” water. Instead, they heat it to a specific temperature. In fact, many water heaters double as boilers and vice versa. However, homes with old radiators sometimes have steam boilers that actually boil water to create steam. These types are most common in commercial properties.
- Boilers don’t waste water
Although many people think that boilers are wasteful in comparison to other heating systems because of their water use, they utilize a closed system. This means that they recycle heated water repeatedly and don’t use any more energy than the majority of the other available heating systems. Often, they are actually the most environmentally friendly choice, especially if you select a high-efficiency boiler installation.
- New boilers are much more efficient than old ones
Investing in a modern boiler is definitely worth the money, as they are much more efficient than older models. In many cases, homeowners consider other options because their old boiler was not very reliable without realizing the efficiency of newer models.
Bottom line: If you already have a natural gas boiler setup, it’s almost always recommended to replace it with a high-efficiency model. These models pump water more smoothly to decrease heat loss and increase energy savings.
- Boilers need regular service
Boilers are much more durable than heat pumps and furnaces, which are comprised of more moving components and thus are more vulnerable to breakdowns. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in regular boiler service – failing to do so decreases the longevity of your boiler.