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Switching from your old boiler to a brand-new high-efficiency boiler system can save you big bucks in fuel costs annually. Not only will you enjoy the extra energy savings, but a new boiler has many more positive benefits.
Please contact our team if you need expert boiler sales and installed services in New Castle County, Delaware, Cecil County, MD, or Southern Chester County, PA. Read below if you want to know how a boiler can benefit your home.
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What is a boiler?
A residential boiler is like the heart of your heating system. It doesn’t blow hot air like a furnace; it heats water, circulating hot water through pipes and radiators to warm your home. It’s all about that radiant heat, my friends!
First, you’ve got your boiler unit. Depending on your setup, the system’s powerhouse runs on natural gas, oil, propane, or electricity. It’s where the magic happens, where water gets heated.
Then, we’ve got a network of pipes running through your house, like the veins in your body. They carry that hot water to different parts of your home, like radiators or baseboard heaters. These are the heroes that spread the warmth.
Of course, we can’t forget the thermostat – your control center. You set the temperature you want, and the boiler works hard to keep it right.
Now, boilers need some other parts to keep things running smoothly. An expansion tank is like the boiler’s shock absorber, handling changes in water volume as it heats up and cools down. And there’s the circulator pump – the muscle that moves the hot water through the system.
Modern boilers also have smart controls and safety features to keep your home safe and efficient. We’re talking about temperature monitoring and automatic shutdowns if anything goes awry.
Here are some key features and components of a residential boiler system:
- Boiler Unit: The boiler itself is the central component. It typically burns natural gas, oil, and propane or uses electricity to heat water.
- Pipes: A network of pipes carries the hot water from the boiler to various parts of the house, including radiators and baseboard heaters.
- Radiators or Baseboard Heaters: These are heat-emitting devices placed throughout the house. The hot water from the boiler flows through them, radiating heat into the rooms.
- Thermostat: A thermostat controls the temperature of the boiler. Homeowners can set the desired temperature, and the boiler system will work to maintain it.
- Expansion Tank: To accommodate changes in water volume as it heats and cools, a residential boiler system typically includes an expansion tank.
- Circulator Pump: This pump moves the heated water through the pipes and into the radiators or baseboard heaters.
- Controls and Safety Features: Modern residential boilers often have advanced controls for efficiency and safety, including temperature monitoring and shut-offs.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is your yardstick for measuring a boiler’s efficiency, and it’s a crucial factor in choosing the right heating system for your home. Let’s break it down.
The Federal Trade Commission mandates that all new furnaces or boilers wear their AFUE rating on their labels. Why, you ask? Well, it’s all about empowering consumers like you to make informed decisions when selecting heating appliances.
So, what’s this AFUE all about? It tells you how efficiently your boiler converts the energy stored in its fuel into the comforting warmth that keeps your home toasty throughout the year.
Think of it as a performance report for your heating equipment. It measures the ratio of heat produced to the amount of energy consumed over a typical year. The higher the AFUE percentage, the more efficiently your boiler turns fuel into heat. It’s like scoring a touchdown whenever you fire up your heating system.
Now, why does this matter? Well, an efficient boiler not only saves you money on your energy bills but also helps reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win – you keep your home cozy while being kind to the environment and your wallet.
So, the next time you’re in the market for a new heating system, keep your eyes peeled for that AFUE rating. It’s your ticket to making a smart choice, ensuring your home stays warm and your energy bills stay in check. Stay warm and eco-conscious, folks!
So, whether it’s freezing outside or you want a toasty home all year round, a residential boiler can be your best friend. It’s efficient and comfortable and will keep your castle cozy for years if properly maintained. Remember, folks, to hire a pro for installation and regular maintenance. That’s how you keep the warmth and the peace of mind flowing in your home!
How does a boiler work?
A) The thermostat sends a signal to the controls on the burner.
(B) The fuel pump draws oil through a filter to the burner.
(C) The burner turns the oil into a fine spray, mixes it with air, and ignites it in the combustion chamber, causing it to get very hot.
(D) Water circulates around the combustion chamber.
(E) A circulator pumps the heated water through radiators or baseboards to heat the home. The air eventually circulates back to the heat exchanger, and the cycle continues.
(F) An expansion tank adjusts to varying pressures. Eventually, the water returns to the heating unit to begin the cycle again.
(G) Combustion emissions are vented out of the flue.
(H) Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling delivers is a full-service heating oil company. We deliver heating oil to your home and can install, maintain, and repair oil (and natural gas, propane gas, and electric) heating systems, including boilers, in DE, MD, & PA.
Boiler Installation in DE, PA, & MD
If you’ve decided to replace your old boiler with a new high-efficiency boiler, use the most trusted boiler installation company. Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling has almost 70 years of experience installing, servicing, and repairing boilers. You can also read hundreds of reviews to hear what our customers think about our professionalism, timeliness, technical abilities, courteousness, and overall experience.
Boilers require proper installation from certified and experienced HVAC crews to ensure proper, safe operation. We provide the comprehensive boiler installation services that you require. Along with a great customer experience, you can also expect to receive the following benefits:
- Cost Savings with increased efficiency
- Lower Emissions for a Safer Environment
- Manufacturer Warranties for long-term security
- Financing solutions for your budget
- Timely Service from trained, certified installers
Boiler Repair Services in DE, PA, & MD
If your boiler has failed on a cold winter’s night or if you notice any problems, it’s essential to call a licensed HVAC technician quickly. Minor problems can often be corrected without any significant consequences. However, the longer you procrastinate, the issue can become a massive headache.
Whether your boiler is leaking, not firing, or failing to heat water, our expert HVAC technicians will be on-site as soon as possible to resolve any issue. Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling employs quality HVAC technicians who are highly trained, licensed, vetted, local, and guaranteed to help fix all of your boiler needs.
Boiler Maintenance Plans in DE, PA, & MD
Maintaining your HVAC system and boiler maintenance is the calling card of the responsible homeowner. Boilers are complex, with many considerable differences in various home units, which are potentially dangerous. Regular furnace cleaning and maintenance help prevent frequent failures, inefficient performance, and poor indoor air quality.
At Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling, we have decades of experience in professional boiler maintenance and servicing of boilers of all types—providing you with access to the best service in the industry at the best possible price. We service many major brands to accommodate all residences and budgets.
Heating Maintenance Plan
Boiler Maintenance includes a 30-point Tune-Up designed to prevent heating problems. Here are a few:
- Replace nozzle one oil filter, and pump strainer
- Clean, lubricate, and adjust burner, inspect all controls and adjust if needed
- Vacuum and clean the boiler or furnace, smoke pipe, and base of the chimney (where needed and accessible)
- Inspect and clean combustion chamber – Oil circulating pump or fan motor and bearings
- Clean and adjust electrode and high-tension leads
- Check the pump, examine belts, pulleys, and couplings
If replacement of heating equipment becomes necessary, or the customer decides to upgrade heating equipment, Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling will credit the amount of this maintenance plan toward a replacement installation performed by Hillside.
Replacing Your Furnace or Boiler
If your boiler is old, worn out, inefficient, or significantly oversized, replacing it with a modern, high-efficiency model is the simplest solution. Before buying a new furnace or boiler or modifying your existing unit, make every effort to improve your home’s energy efficiency, then have a heating contractor size your furnace. Energy-efficiency improvements will save money on a new boiler because you can purchase a smaller unit. A properly sized furnace or boiler will operate most efficiently, and you’ll want to choose a dependable unit and compare the warranties of each furnace or boiler you’re considering.
- Increase old boiler systems efficiencies in the range of 56% to 70% to up to 98.5%
- Cut your fuel bills and your furnace’s pollution output in half.
- Cut your fuel bills and your furnace’s pollution output in half.
Trusted Boiler Professionals
Whether you replace your boiler systems with a new boiler, maintain it to keep warm air flowing, or choose another heating system, such as a heat pump, it’s wise to call an experienced HVAC technician to perform the work. You’ll sleep easy knowing your home heating system has been installed and maintained correctly, and it will keep you and yours warm when the winter sets in.
Hillside is a trusted comfort expert. With hundreds of reviews, you’ll be sure to be treated courteously, provided an honest evaluation and quote, and receive expert service. When our technician arrives at your home, you can fully expect that, in almost all cases, your heat will be running by the time he leaves. Whether it is a routine problem or something more complicated, it won’t be long before our highly trained technician identifies and fixes it.
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The Hillside Maintenance Plans
Keeping Your Paws Comfy All Year Round
The Hillside Maintenance Plans are designed to prevent minor problems from turning into major issues! Extend the life of your equipment, reduce the need for costly repairs, and increase the performance of your heating and cooling systems while lowering your utility bills.