Boilers are a frequent choice among those looking to heat their house or home without the use of a heat pump or furnace, and there are many ways to make sure that any boiler you install is the most efficient one for the job. High-efficiency rated boilers and proper piping are two of the main ways that you can ensure your boiler is the best it can be.
1. Find a Good Efficiency Rating
Boilers are one of the most inefficient heat sources for the average home, but there are things you can do to prevent heat loss. A higher standard of heating efficiency not only means that you prevent heat loss through your boiler as it heats water, but you also can save money in the process because you won't need as much fuel or another power source in the first place.
The efficiency of a boiler is measured through the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE rating indicates what percentage of heat produced is used. For example, an AFUE rating of 90 indicates that 90% of the heat made in the boiler is used to heat the home, while 10% is lost. You can find boilers with an AFUE rating of up to 98.
2. Choose Pipes Carefully
There are several different options available for the piping involved in any part of your boiler system. The pipes you choose need to contain heat well and be highly resistant to corrosion, as the water constantly running through them will eventually cause corrosion and leaks.
One of the most popular choices for sturdy and efficient is copper, but this is expensive. Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride Piping (CPVC) is a good secondary option, especially as the added chlorine not only makes otherwise non-heat-resistant PVC piping usable but also protects it from corrosion. Stainless steel is a good option as well. The piping you choose should be thick, preferably insulated, and durable.
3. Work with Commercial HVAC Technicians
Finally, the best way to make sure that you have the best boiler system for your needs is to acquire the services of an HVAC contractor or other heating professional. They are trained on how to install the best possible boilers given your needs and know how to do it all safely and effectively. They can also make sure that the pipes are the correct size and material for the job given the resources at hand, such as space and money.
Boilers may be famously inefficient compared to other forms of heat, but they can be made to be efficient. Contact commercial HVAC services to learn more about your options.