Tips on Installing a New Boiler
Over the 25 years that Priority Plumbing and Heating has been in business, we have come to build the trust of Long Island homeowners and commercial services with all plumbing installations, big and small. We have grown to become specialists in all things plumbing. Whether you need your drains cleaned, or water heaters repaired, we are proud to be one of the top Long Island plumbing companies for you. One of our specialties include installing boilers. Although we suggest that you call us to take care of your boiler installation, here are some things you can do on your own before giving us a call.
Determine the Boiler’s Fuel Type
Boilers have two main fuel sources: oil and natural gas. They can also use solid fuels. Determining your fuel type depends in large part on what you have access to as not all homes are close to a natural gas line. Once you have determined the fuel type, you can move onto the next step, which is sizing.
Sizing Your Boiler System
Size is critical to your comfort and the healthy operation of your boiler system. Installing a system that is too big or too small can compromise your indoor comfort and put unnecessary stress and wear and tear on your system. To correctly size your system, a heat load calculation is required. This calculation will accurately determine how much heating your home needs. Factors that are part of the calculation are:
- Number of stories of your home
- Floor plan
- Number of rooms
- Number of occupants
- Number and types of windows and doors
- Level of insulation
- Square footage
- Orientation of your home
If you need help in determining any of these, one of our trained professionals can certainly help you prior to installation.
Where are Your Outlets for Heat?
Boilers have 3 main choices when it comes to distributing heat:
- Baseboard heating
- Radiant floor heating
Determining where you will install your boiler is crucial. We can help you with this during the installation process.
The energy efficiency of your new boiler is crucial information. Knowing this can end up saving you a lot of money on energy costs! The average energy efficiency for a non-condensing boiler is 89%; it can be as high as 95% with a condensing boiler. However, systems that are more energy efficient can cost you more money, which is something you’ll want to consider before installation.
Working through these initial steps with a trained professional will go a long way toward ensuring that you choose and install a heating system that meets all your heating needs. Remember, Priority Plumbing and Heating is Long Island’s number one team for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Call us today to discuss your boiler installation concerns!
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