We kicked off 2023 announcing our rebrand. Rostron Premium Home Services has been offering high quality HVAC, electric & plumbing services for customers in Monmouth & Ocean Counties. All of our divisions have been working nonstop and we can’t thank our customers enough. As we make our way into the fall and winter, our premium plumbers & installers are ready to successfully accomplish boiler jobs. Service or a new install, we are ready to do what’s best for your needs.
How Do Boilers Work?
Let’s clear up the terms first. The basic… A furnace runs on heat, whether it’s gas, electric, or propane, that runs through the home. It then sends the hot air in vents using the home’s duct system for heating. Rostron Premium Home Services installs and services furnaces, but this blog is about boilers.
Water is the key element for a boiler heater. The boiler system distributes heat created from boiled water or steam through hot water pipes. The heat comes out of either baseboards or radiators. While most boilers use hot water or steam, there are boiler systems that use gas, oil, or even wood to create warmth.
What does a boiler heating system look like?
Water boilers are generally tall and cylindrical shaped. They are almost always found in basements or garages due to regulations that require them to be installed along a house wall. Installation and maintenance of your boiler can be tricky, so it’s best to leave that to well-trained, professionals like us, Rostron Premium Home Services. See a few pictures from our recent installs below:
How does a boiler work?
The science behind boiler operation is relatively simple. When you turn on your system, a gas boiler will heat the water in the tank using a flame. An electric boiler’s coils or other heating element will activate to heat the water. The warm air is then driven upward through the pipes to its eventual endpoint – the baseboards or radiators. This is called the radiant heat transfer method.
The Pros of having a boiler system in your home:
There are several important benefits to consider when thinking about how a boiler works and whether you want to install a new system or retain your home’s existing system.
- Energy savings: For the most part, boilers are a better bargain because they use less fuel to heat the home.
- Less maintenance: Boilers don’t use filters, so you don’t have to worry about switching out filters every three months.
- Consistency: The heat produced by the boiler is more consistent and equitable throughout the home. With a furnace, some rooms may be hotter than others.
- Less noise: Boilers are usually quieter than furnaces because they don’t have the sound of hot air blowing throughout the house.
- Cleaner air: Because boiler systems don’t blow air, the potential for dust and allergens to spread throughout your house is reduced.
The Cons of having a boiler system in your home:
While boilers do provide several optimal qualities, it is important to understand that there are some drawbacks to this form of heating.
- Harder installation/conversion: The process of installing a boiler is harder than a furnace; plus, switching from a boiler to a furnace can cost- and labor-prohibitive. Rostron Premium Home Services has the man power to accomplish these jobs. No job is too difficult for the five star installers we have on staff.
- No cooling: Boilers can’t produce cool air, so if you live where central air is key to your comfort, they aren’t the best option.
- Slow reaction time: When you change the temperature on your boiler, it can take a while for the process to work. In other words, it’s not for the impatient.
- Leak dangers: When a boiler goes belly up, it can cause major leakage in your home. Most boilers are located in basements partially for this reason, but you shouldn’t have anything valuable near your boiler.
Boiler Energy Production?
A boiler’s efficiency level is noted by its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) measure. The government requires newer boilers to display this number to show how the appliance converts energy from fuel to heat over the course of a year. According to the Department of Energy, those who live in cold climates should have boiler systems with a 90% to 98.5 percent AFUE.
If you have an older boiler system and want to update it through retrofitting, reach out to your local, knowledgeable HVAC provider, who will have options about the best steps to take next.
At the end of the day, call Rostron Premium Home Services for all your boiler needs. Maybe you need a quick service call, or maybe you need to replace your boiler that is totally outdated. Our Project Managers will come out to your home for a FREE estimate! Give us a call today at 732-223-8221. We look forward to providing exceptional service this fall and winter!