Heating your home by a boiler is a venerable method of central heating but there are a few options to consider when selecting a boiler for your home.
- Your available space
- If hot water is to be made via the boiler or if you have a separate system
Home heating boiler options
The boiler that most people are familiar with, and still the most popular model in the US, is the standard boiler. This is a boiler that can produce both hot water for heating and hot water for the homes needs, depending on the model. It works by using natural gas to heat water to 140*F and then pumps the water to the radiators throughout the home. On a condensing boiler, in which the steam produced during the combustion of natural gas to help heat water as it comes into the system, increases of 10-15% efficiencies can be had. The disadvantage to this type of boiler is the potential for it to take up a large floor space due to hot and cold water storage tanks, depending on the model.
The next most popular model is the combi boiler. Combi boilers produce both heat for the house and hot water for the home’s needs. The hot water produced for hot water needs is done on an as-needed basis which raises the efficiency ratings. These ratings are further increased if the boiler is a condensing type often above 90%.
System boilers are another option. These are something of a cross between the standard boiler and the combination boiler in that it possess both a small footprint and has storage tanks. In this type of boiler the storage tanks are built into the boiler itself, creating a small overall package. These come in both standard and condensing styles, as well.
Depending on your homes needs, available space, and funds, there is a specific model of boiler that would be most advantageous for you. If you would like to discuss your home heating boiler options, give us at Anderson Air Corps a call and we’ll gladly assist you!