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Boilers provide radiant heat, which warms objects in a room. In contrast, a forced air furnace warms the air in a room, which means objects absorb heat more slowly. Some people prefer boilers because they can set their thermostat at a lower temperature and the radiant heat makes the room feel warmer than the actual air temperature. Others say boilers provide more balanced heat throughout the home during the winter months.
What are the most important things to know about your boiler heating system?
• Is your boiler a standard efficiency or high-efficiency model? Standard efficiency is vented in metal pipe. A high efficiency model should be vented in PVC pipe, either off the top or to the side of the boiler.
What kind of radiation do you have? Fin tube or baseboard, or cast iron radiators?
Boilers require annual maintenance to ensure efficient operation. Annual maintenance is highly recommended and necessary and can identify potential problems and prevent a no-heat.
What’s involved in replacing a boiler?
Boilers can be simple or complicated systems to install, and require a thorough understanding of a home’s water distribution system. An experienced technician should conduct a complete analysis of your home and distribution system, which will provide you the information you need to make the best choice for your home. We encourage customers to think about such questions as “how long do you plan to live in the home?” and “can you afford expensive repairs?” Our boiler consultants will work with you to find the best balance of economy and features that fit your needs.