Living in Bellefonte, PA, means dealing with harsh winter weather. A boiler is an efficient and effective way to keep your home warm and toasty. You might be surprised about all the features modern boilers have to offer, including powerful and energy-efficient heating. Here’s what you need to know when planning a boiler installation.
Understand Boiler Energy Efficiency
The energy efficiency of boilers is measured with the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating system. AFUE measures how much of the input energy is converted into heat. It’s expressed as a percent. Gas boilers have AFUE ratings of 90 to 97%. According to the Department of Energy, electric boiler AFUE ratings range from 95 to 100%.
Choose These Top Boiler Features
When you need a powerful heating system to keep your home cozy during the long Bellefonte winters, look for a boiler with a sealed combustion chamber. The seal minimizes air leaks and prevents combustion byproducts from mixing with the air you breathe. Make sure you choose a boiler with a vent damper. The damper closes the vent when there’s no heating cycle taking place, so less cold air gets into your home. An intermittent ignition or hot-surface ignition boiler responds quickly when the thermostat triggers a heating cycle, and it doesn’t waste any fuel keeping a constant pilot light.
Know the Cost of Operating a Boiler
Propane costs more than natural gas, but it’s more accessible to homeowners who live on the outskirts of town. Natural gas is lower in price, but your home must have a pipeline connection to choose it as the fuel for your boiler. Electric boilers cost the most to operate, but almost none of the power they use goes to waste. Electric boilers don’t require a flue because they don’t burn fuel.
To learn more about how modern boilers offer powerful and efficient heating, take a look at Triangle Heating & Cooling’s boiler installation services, or contact our qualified heating professionals today.