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Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for Boilers

Annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for boilers is determined by calculating the percentage of fuel that is converted into usable heat.

Boiler Capacity Measured in BTUs

Boiler capacity (or load) measures the power of the boiler in terms of British thermal units (or BTUs).

Boiler Insurance

It may be necessary to add boiler insurance to your regular home insurance policy.

#Boiler on Twitter

Find resources related to boiler installation and replacement on Twitter.

Cost of Boiler Installation

Learn more about the factors that increase and decrease the cost of installing a new boiler.

What is a Boiler?

A boiler is an enclosed vessel that heats water and other liquids.

What is a Boiler Heating System?

A boiler heating system circulates hot water through pipes to radiators and baseboard heaters as a way of increasing air temperature in an enclosed space.

What is a Combi Boiler?

A combi boiler heats water for the central heating system and the domestic water supply of a home.

What is a Condensing Boiler?

A condensing boiler is a high-efficiency heating unit that recovers energy typically exhausted as waste.

What is a Hydronic Heating System?

A hydronic heating system uses a boiler to heat water in a central location. The hot water is passed through water pipes to baseboards and radiators in order to increase the surrounding air temperature.

What is a Radiant Heating System?

A radiant heating system circulates hot water or steam (from a boiler) to pipes, baseboards, and radiators.

A condensing boiler is more energy efficient than a non-condensing boiler.

Top answer: True

A hydronic heating system is the same thing as a radiant heating system.

Top answer: False

A wall-mounted boiler will typically cost more than a standalone, floor-mounted boiler.

Top answer: True

Combi (or combination) boilers are typically high efficiency systems (+90% AFUE)

Top answer: True

Gas-powered boilers are the most commonly installed type of boiler.

Top answer: True

Gas powered boilers are typically more energy efficient than electric boilers.

Top answer: True

How do boiler installers most commonly charge for their services?

Top answer: Fixed fee (based on unit cost and labor)

Is a boiler heating system (ie: radiant or hydronic) more energy efficient than a hot air furnace heating system?

Top answer: Yes

Most home insurance policies do not cover boiler repairs and replacement.

Top answer: True

Natural gas-powered boilers are typically less expensive than boilers powered by oil.

Top answer: True

Older homes typically require a boiler with a higher BTU rating.

Top answer: True

The installation of a high-efficiency boiler may require the installation of a new chimney liner.

Top answer: True

The larger the house, the higher the BTU rating of the boiler needs to be.

Top answer: In most cases

Which heating system has better air flow?

Top answer: Furnace (forced air heating system)

Related Questions & Answers

A whole house-humidifier only works when the heating system is running.

Top answer: True

Can a central humidifier cause mold to grow in my air ducts?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I install a whole house humidifier without a forced air system?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I set my central humidifier on a timer?

Top answer: In some cases

Can I use hard water to fill my humidifier?

Top answer: In most cases

Do I need a permit to install a central humidifier?

Top answer: In some cases

Does a whole house humidifier need to be plugged into an electrical outlet?

Top answer: In some cases

How do I know if I have too much humidity in my home?

How does a humidifier work?

How long should it typically take to install a whole house humidifier?

Top answer: 1-2 hours

How much water does a whole-house humidifier typically use in one day? (1500-2000 sf home)

Top answer: Not sure

How often should I change the vapor pad of my central humidifier?

Top answer: Once a year

Is it possible to retrofit a central humidifier into an existing forced air system?

Top answer: In most cases

Should my central humidifier be connected to hot or cold water?

Top answer: Not sure

Too much indoor humidity can cause windows to fog up.

Top answer: True

What is a whole house humidifier?

What is humidity?

What is the best way to clean a whole house humidifier?

What is the ideal indoor humidity level? (70° F indoor temperature)

Top answer: 40-50% humidity

Would you recommend installing a steam whole-house humidifier over a flow-through humidifier?

Top answer: Not sure

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