When purchasing a new boiler for your home, efficiency is the name of the game.
The development of condensing technology and improvements to conventional boilers have dramatically increased efficiency levels over the past decade.
What many homeowners donít realize, however, is that improvements to your homeís heating system donít have to stop there!
Let us show you several products and systems that can improve your homeís heating efficiency even after a boilerís installation.
Dollar for dollar, a programmable thermostat is perhaps the best energy efficiency related investment a homeowner can make. Using a programmable thermostat, your homeís heating system can be automatically shut down during hours when no heat is needed, such as weekday work hours or when everyone is in their warm bed at night. Likewise, during hours when your home needs to be warm for the family, the thermostat follows its programmed schedule to ensure you have a warm house to come home to. Once your schedule is entered into the thermostat, this happens automatically without any input required from you at all. These programmable thermostats come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes
with each one having a different set of features Ė there is a perfect thermostat for every home and budget. In some cases, the savings can be so dramatic that the thermostat pays for itself in a matter of months.
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Outdoor Reset Control
Even if a programmable thermostat is the best efficiency-related purchase a homeowner can make, an outdoor reset control is a close second. During the spring and autumn months, outdoor temperatures can shift dramatically on a day-to-day basis. Some days can be mildly chilly, with others descending to a bitter cold. Your boiler doesnít know the difference, however, and responds to them all the same: full throttle to the burner until the required indoor temperature is met. An outdoor reset control
works with your boiler to keep overall system water temperature lower when outdoor temperatures are higher. This not only reduces indoor temperature fluctuations but also provides a much more efficient heating process for your home.
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Variable Speed Pump
A variable speed pump has a multitude of practical applications in hydronic heating, but for now, letís focus on how it increases your homeís overall energy efficiency level. Having a variable speed pump allows the pump to modulate its speed precisely according to your homeís current heating demand rather than switching between a few pre-specified speeds or not switching at all. It gives you the best of both worlds: a powerful pump that can deliver high throughput when needed, yet can dial back its speed (and, as a result, electrical energy needs) when your home only needs a few degrees of temperature adjustment.
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Indirect Fired Water Heater
A high-quality, well-insulated indirect fired water heater is an asset to any hydronically heated homeís energy efficiency level. An indirect fired water heater
with high grade insulation prevents standby heat loss to the outside environment, increasing the speed at which water is heated and reducing the need to reheat water as time passes. Your water heater is one of the most frequently used appliances in your home, and the performance difference between an aging water heater and a newer indirect fired model is substantial and immediately noticeable.
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Insulated Boiler Jacket
An insulated boiler jacket keeps the heat from burned fuel inside of your boiler where it belongs. Boilers with a plain metal jacket or a casing with older insulation can release surprisingly large amounts of heat energy to the outside environment, preventing the heat from going where it was originally intended to go: your boilerís heat exchanger. Here at eComfort.com, most of the boilers we sell already come with well-insulated boiler jackets. Individually purchased boiler jackets should be boiler-specific, though, so make sure you have the right one for your boiler.
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Outside of these 5 options, there are many additional accessories you can purchase to optimize your boiler's performance. Browse our site or give one of our experts a call today to learn more about accessorizing your boiler.
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