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Common Misunderstandings about Boilers

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Boilers have a number of common misunderstandings circulating about them. Most of these are due to the fact that boilers operate so differently from furnaces, which are more familiar to homeowners. Below we’ll examine some of the common myths and misconceptions commonly applied to boilers.

Myth: Old Boilers that Start “Kettling” May Explode

Kettling is what happens when too much water becomes trapped in the boiler, usually from mineral deposits blocking the lines out. This can lead to banging and gurgling sounds coming from the boiler when it is running. This usually happens with old boilers, as it takes time for the mineral deposits to build up in the chamber. While boilers do occasionally explode, this is an extremely rare occurrence that usually is the result of other factors. If your boiler is kettling, call a professional to fix it. You don’t need to live in fear of an exploding boiler, however.

Myth: Gas Burning Boilers are More Energy Efficient than other Kinds

Not really. The energy efficiency of most heating systems depends less on the fuel they burn and more on the internal operation of the actual unit. There are efficient wood and oil boilers, as well as extremely inefficient gas boilers. Now, you will have to store things like oil, wood, and propane to fuel your boiler. Natural gas can simply be piped in by the city. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that natural gas is always the best option, however.

Myth: Boilers are More Difficult to Install than Furnaces

Not true at all. Boilers require a different system to be installed, but are in no way more difficult to install than furnaces. This is especially true if you are installing a boiler system in a new house. Retrofitting will, of course, be more expensive than installing a unit for which the house is already equipped. This is true of all systems, however, and not just of boilers.

If you want to know more about boilers, or are thinking of having one installed, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment. We install boilers all over the Burlington, CT area.

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Is a Boiler a Sensible Option in Burlington, CT for Winter Heating?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Most homes in the U.S. rely on either a furnace or a boiler for their home heating needs. While a furnace heats the air in your home and sends it through the ductwork, a boiler heats up water in order to send it through pipes that lead throughout the house or to a radiator. If you need new heating installation, you may wonder which system is right for your home. While furnaces are perhaps more common for installation today, boilers remain a popular choice, and for very good reason.

Fewer Repair Needs

Both furnaces and boilers are meant to last for many years. But furnaces distribute heat via a forced-air system, and ductwork is prone to repair needs. Since a boiler does not use ducts, you won’t have to worry about common repair needs associated with duct leaks or poor installation. Furnaces may also need repairs more frequently if the furnace filter is dirty. Limited airflow means that the blower fan will have to work harder, which could cause it to overheat.

Better Indoor Air Quality

As the furnace sucks in the air from your home to heat it, the fan may also suck in dirt and pollutants that could trigger respiratory problems in some people. While you can manage the indoor air quality by changing the filter and scheduling duct cleaning, you won’t have to worry about this with radiant heating systems. Less maintenance is an added bonus; most heating experts recommend you change the furnace filter once a month while a boiler may only need annual maintenance.

High Efficiency

A lot of heat escapes through the ductwork in your home, which may take away some efficiency from a furnace if it is not properly maintained, while a boiler doesn’t have this problem. Furthermore, there are many efficient boilers available on the market today. Ask your heating installation technician about the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of your unit and whether a more efficient option is available.

If you want to know more about installing a new boiler in Burlington, CT, call the heating experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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