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Residential boilers: the classically efficient choice

Danielle Onat | 09/08/2016 | Posted in Heating, Tankless water heaters

When you hear the word “boiler”, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of a Titanic-esque ship with a gargantuan boiler room. Maybe you remember the boiler room at your elementary school with the door that was always locked. In any case, you probably envision boilers in older commercial settings or large buildings. It’s time to flip that notion on its head because boilers are back—in a big way.

How do boilers work?

These classic heating systems operate by warming water to a preset temperature and circulating that fluid in pipes throughout a dwelling. And when we say classic, we mean it—the first boiler was invented in the late 1700’s. While boilers may often be associated with commercial buildings, schools, or other large structures, that’s no longer the case. In fact, Puget Sound area homeowners are opting for residential boilers at an impressive rate.

Why choose a boiler?

Northern Europeans have been using this heating workhorse for years and America is finally catching on to the boiler’s many benefits. First, let’s talk efficiency. Some residential boilers achieve an incredible 95-98% efficiency rating. Talk about energy savings! The mechanics of the machine, as well as the ability to practice zone heating—only heating the rooms you use—allow for this impressive efficiency.

Homeowners may also choose boilers because they work with several types of heat distribution systems. For example, a boiler can be used with steam radiant heating (one of the oldest types of heating systems), radiant heating (panels in the floor, ceiling, or wall that distribute heat), and hot water baseboards (units that use hot water to heat a space through a baseboard).

What is a combi-boiler?

The combi-boiler is short for “combination-boiler” and it serves a heating one-two punch. First, it provides energy efficient radiant heating to keep your home comfortably warm. Next, it provides the on-demand hot water of a tankless water heater. The water heats as you need it, for as long as you need it, eliminating unnecessary or extended warming periods. Warm air and steamy showers—perfect for our dank, chilly winters.

Where do I start?

You’re already in the right place! Give us a call or click here to schedule a free in-home estimate. Our skilled technicians will perform an in-depth inspection and provide an expert recommendation to help you select the right boiler for your home. Get a head start by checking out our full line of boilers here.

Boilers are a great heating choice for many Pacific Northwest homes. After all, what’s classic will always be cool… or in this case, warm.

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