Choosing a Home Boiler System

Hot Water Boilers

A hot water boiler is an essential part of any home in cold climates. Without the help of boilers, heating water would cost much more, or would require a lot more effort on the part of the home owner. Many industrial factories and companies also use boilers to heat the different elements in factory production. Boilers provide a significant service in both residential and industrial settings.

If you need to install a new boiler in your home, you usually have two types of boilers to choose from. Once you choose the type of boiler you want, you can then decide on what fuel method you want to use for the boiler. Common fuel methods include electric, gas, wood, and oil. All fueling methods have their advantages and disadvantages. In general, it is best to use whatever fueling method is used in the rest of the house to avoid having to set up new fuel lines or increasing the expense of using several fuel types together.

When it comes to boiler types, there are two main kinds, the combination boiler and the condensing boiler. Both boilers have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Combination boilers: These boilers have one unit that houses the entire boiler. They are small, compact, and heat water on demand when the hot water taps are turned on. These boilers are ideal for small houses where space is an issue. They do not perform as well when running multiple water sources at once, such as the washer, dishwasher, and a shower. They cannot keep up with a large demand for hot water.

Condensing boilers: These are the traditional boiler type. They have a heating unit that heats up a tank of water ready for use at any time. Depending on the size of the tank, a condensing boiler can handle the use of showers, dishwashers, washers, and other uses at the same time. The problem with these units is that the operation expense is higher, and they take more space.