While it’s rarely an ideal situation, sometimes you have to install a new boiler or replace your old one. Boilers often cost a fair deal, and depending on the boiler system you choose; you could pay even more for additional features.
When you’re preparing for a boiler installation or a boiler replacement, you want to ensure that you get the most value for your money. Before you spend on a new boiler, take a look to verify that the boiler has some key features and benefits of a new installation.
1. High efficiency is a must-have feature.
Out of all the features of a new boiler installation, this is perhaps the most important. Especially for gas boilers, natural gas can rays prices. You want your annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) to remain high. It’s also a good idea to look into rebates for boilers with higher efficiency rates. An efficient boiler typically holds an Energy Star rating which indicates greater efficiency. While homeowners often pay more upfront for boilers with higher efficiency rates, the overall energy savings even out over the years. If you’re interested in increased efficiency rates for your new boiler installation, discuss it with your contractor or technician.
2. Look for cost savings from reduced boiler repairs.
Though your boiler should provide savings on your energy costs, there are ways outside of energy bills that homeowners can save money. A high-efficiency boiler not only wastes less energy but also reduces the costs incurred by repairs and ongoing boiler maintenance. An old boiler might have issues with its valves or thermostat, which means regular repairs and regular expenses. A high-efficiency boiler often means you’ll have to call the technician with less frequency. As cost savings accumulate for your hot water boiler, steam boiler, or gas boiler, you’ll notice added deductions on fuel costs, maintenance expenses, and more. It’s beneficial for homeowners at all income levels to invest in a boiler that requires less overhead due to frequent repairs.
3. Your boiler should offer lifestyle improvements.
You know how noisy, clunky, and bothersome an older boiler can be. Combined with low boiler efficiency and you have a problem on your hands. Newly installed boilers are more efficient, but they also provide greater levels of comfort and relaxation. Compared to a standard boiler, modern boilers are less noisy, smaller, and usually more versatile. Whether the installation is for a new home or is replacing an older model, these modern boilers can prevent heat loss, thrive in a cold climate, and help maintain your home ecosystem without temperature fluctuations. When you factor this in, the additional cost for an updated boiler seems as though it pays for itself.
4. Modern boilers feature safety and reliability improvements.
No matter the type of boiler, it’s going to become less reliable as time passes. Old boilers, unfortunately, impact the ambient air and expose you to risks such as fire hazards and respiratory problems. Naturally, this isn’t ideal for new construction, but older homes shouldn’t endure the risk either. The installation cost for your boiler helps ensure that it meets modern safety and reliability regulations and that the system is installed in compliance with local and state regulations. Ultimately, the risks of holding onto an older boiler far outweigh the expenses of a new one.
When you’re ready to buy a water boiler or install a new conventional boiler, you want to look for these key features to help you make the right purchase. Take the time to verify the boiler’s efficiency, ask about radiant floor systems, and request more information on how modern boilers prevent carbon monoxide leaks and maintain water temperature. It’ll help you make a more informed purchase for your home.