With another cold Midwestern winter fast approaching, it's high time to prepare your household for the cold weather. If your household is heated with a boiler system, you might consider upgrading this year to a more energy-efficient unit, especially if your current equipment is starting to age and has the tendency to become temperamental. Of course, buying a new boiler can be overwhelming with all the new products and terms on the market. Below is a simple guide to help homeowners know what to look for and why a Carrier or Bryant unit might be the best boiler for your household.
The two main types of boilers are steam and hot water boilers. Steam boilers utilize pipes only to distribute heat, whereas hot water boilers distribute heat by way of pipes, baseboard coils, radiators or radiant floor systems. The latter type tends to be the more energy efficient option.
Boiler efficiency, like gas-fired furnaces, is measured by its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The larger this AFUE percentage, the more the boiler converts energy into heat. However, this percentage doesn't include how much heat may be lost through any leaks within your ductwork or piping system. Be sure to look for boilers that have been certified by the Energy Star program and have them installed by professional HVAC technicians to ensure they operate at their highest efficiency.
Bryant and Carrier are both top HVAC brand names. Carrier's Performance 96 Boiler operates at a 96 percent AFUE and has a stainless steel heat exchanger. This is an extremely durable product that operates cost-effectively without making a mass of noise. Bryant's comparable model, the Preferred Series BWM Boiler, also operates as a gas-fired boiler at a 96 percent AFUE. Both Bryant and Carrier boilers offer a 15-year heat exchanger limited parts warranty.
When it comes to buying a new boiler, Bryant and Carrier units promise reliability, energy efficiency and long-lasting durability. To learn more about finding the best boiler for your home, or about other great HVAC products and services, contact Comfort24-7.com. We serve homeowners in and around Chicago, as well as northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.