Condensing Steam Boilers In the News
Though gaining in popularity in the United States, the condensing steam boiler has proven to be wildly popular in the United Kingdom. There the boilers have been pushed to the fore as the primary means by which Britons heat their homes. There have been some interesting stories in the news as of late, which though the stories come from England, they’re applicable to condensing steam boilers in the U.S. as well. It seems that there is a rush for Englanders to get rid of their conventional boilers, and this may be premature.
The condensing steam boiler gained popularity because of its reported efficiency as well as its environmentally-friendly disposition. Conventional boilers lose a lot of heat, so the condensing steam boiler was designed to capture the heat normally lost by the conventional boiler and recycle it back into the heating unit. It has been reported that where the conventional boiler retains roughly 75% of the heat it produces, the condensing steam boiler will hold to as much as 93% of its heat. It is not difficult to see why the condensing steam boiler is popular then, because with that high of an efficiency rate, you’d have to run the boiler less often in order to keep your home heated throughout the cold weather months.
One of the issues people in the U.K. have been experiencing, which we are trying to avoid in the United States, is that it may not always be as economically feasible for you to ditch your old boiler in favor of the new one. If you’re in the market for a new boiler, then of course it is worth looking into a condensing boiler to see if it is the right fit for your home. But if you have a boiler that works well, the cost of buying and installing a new boiler may surpass what it costs for you to keep your current boiler running.