There are many different ways to heat your home, but radiant heating with a boiler is one of the most popular and effective. These systems are fuel and cost efficient and a good boiler will last for many years. But actually choosing the right boiler and installing it are not easily done by the average person. Knowing how to choose the right boiler for a specific home takes many years of experience and careful attention to detail.
Washington, DC and Northern Virginia residents who are in the market for a new boiler should call Polar Bear Air Conditioning. Whether you need help choosing a new boiler or you’re ready to begin the installation process, we have a long history of high quality service for our boiler customers.
Selecting a Boiler
The first thing any homeowner needs to do when preparing for the installation of a new boiler is to choose the type of boiler they want. There are many kinds on the market, including gas, electric, and oil. Most boilers today are highly fuel efficient, much more so than even systems manufactured only about 10 years ago. This means that your monthly energy bills will decrease significantly.
In terms of operating costs, electric boilers are the most expensive because of the higher cost of electricity in most areas. Gas boilers are the most cost effective on the market if you have a gas line hookup available to your home. If not, oil boilers are generally still less expensive than the electric alternative.
Boiler Installation Process
Installation of a new boiler requires a number of careful measurements. First, you must know how much space needs to be heated. Most homeowners have only a rough idea of how much surface area in their home needs heating.
You should also ensure the insulation in your home is effective. This is especially important in the attic where many homes lose a lot of heat. You should have a professional check for cracks or leaks that might lead to heat loss.
Once the size of the boiler is determined, a trained professional will measure the space in your basement or cellar for the new boiler. Without enough space, adjustments may be necessary to make room for your boiler.
If you are replacing a forced air heating system with a boiler, special piping and radiators will be required as well. There are many ways to distribute the heated water from a boiler to the rest of your house. The simplest is through baseboard heaters or radiators. However, radiant floor heating is also quite popular these days because how quietly and evenly it distributes heat.
Finally, your old heating system needs to be disposed of. This is something we will take care of as well. All of these details are generally worked out in an initial consultation, during which you will learn more about boiler heating and how it can benefit your home.
Boiler Heating Experts
If you’re ready to have a boiler installed in your home, call Polar Bear today. Our Washington D.C. and and Northern Virginia boiler technicians regularly work with home owners to install high quality boiler equipment that will last through the harshest of winters.
Whether you have a simple question or you’re ready to start overhauling your heating system, give us a call today. We provide the expert service, careful guidance, and high quality maintenance you need to ensure there is steady, reliable heat in your home winter after winter, for years to come.