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Can a Boiler Efficiently Heat a House?

Getting the most from your oil or gas-fired home heating system.

boiler Needham, MA Have you recently purchased a home with radiators, floorboards or radiant floor heating? Is this your first time owning and maintaining a boiler system? If so, you might have some questions about the efficiency of boilers. Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling has been safeguarding the comfort of households throughout Eastern Massachusetts since 1872. We can help you ensure top efficiency from your heating oil or gas boiler.

How does a boiler work?

Essentially, a boiler is a box for heating water. A boiler system uses your home’s plumbing instead of ductwork to heat your home. The boiler uses an oil or gas-fired burner to heat water, and then either steam or hot water travels throughout your home. Radiators, baseboards or radiant floor systems heat up and raise the temperature of your rooms.

As the steam or hot water cools, it condenses and returns to your boiler, and the cycle continues until your home is at the temperature you want.

What are the pros and cons of boilers?

In their modern form, boilers have been around since the 19th century. Technologically, they have advanced quite a bit, and they have some significant advantages for home heating.

  1. Many people believe boiler heat (which is slightly humid) is more comfortable than furnace heat.
  2. Boilers run quieter than furnaces.
  3. Since there is no forced air in a boiler system, it won’t negatively impact your indoor air quality by circulating dust, bacteria and other pollutants.

There are also some drawbacks to boilers.

  1. Boiler systems only provide heat. Furnaces, on the other hand, have a ductwork system that can be used for central air conditioning.
  2. Boilers can take slightly longer than furnaces to heat a room.
  3. Boiler installation is more complex than furnace installation.

Are boilers efficient?

Today’s boilers are efficient products for keeping your home warm. Depending on your fuel source and the age of your equipment, your boiler could have an efficiency rating as high as 90%, meaning almost none of your fuel is wasted in the combustion process.

However, high-efficiency gas furnaces can have higher efficiency ratings — as high as 98.5%.

Should you convert from a boiler system to a furnace system?

While it’s always possible to make the change from a boiler to a furnace, this is a pricy and disruptive process, requiring the updating and removal of plumbing and the installation of ductwork.

At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we can help you get peak performance and efficiency from a boiler system.

Have you been maintaining your boiler system effectively? Annual boiler maintenance will keep your system running efficiently and lower the chance of a breakdown. Our technicians can help with a service visit.

Is your boiler older than 15 years? You’re likely missing out on efficient technologies that will boost your home comfort while lowering your energy spending. Talk to us about our high-efficiency boilers. We have boiler installations down to a science and can minimize the disruption to your daily life.

Looking for an A/C upgrade? You don’t need to install ductwork. Talk to us about our efficient, long-lasting ductless air conditioning solutions that work in tandem with your boiler system.

Ready to start exploring ways to improve your home’s HVAC performance? Contact the Needham Oil team today.