What are the Benefits of a Condensing Boiler
There are more modern systems that are available for Kansas City homeowners who prefer to replace their older boiler system with a newer system.
This type is called a Condensing Boiler. The condensing system is said to have an efficiency rating of upwards of 98% (depending on the temperature of the water returning to the equipment).
The difference between a boiler and a furnace
A furnace uses air to heat a home. A boiler uses water to heat the home.
A furnace uses natural gas, propane or electricity to heat the air. A boiler uses a flame to heat water to create steam for heat.
The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) for a Boiler or all electric furnaces is between 95-100%. A natural gas furnace has an AFUE between 80-95%. Which means that 5-20% of the energy/money used to heat the home is lost through the duct system or chimney. If duct work is located in an attic, or garage of another part of a home that is unconditioned, the loss can be up to 35%. An electric furnace and a boiler have no AFUE loss through a chimney.
Homeowners looking to purchase a new furnace should pay attention to the AFUE values for any new equipment they are looking at. The higher the AFUE rating the more energy efficient the system and the better that system will be to heat your Kansas City home and use your energy dollars effectively.
A boiler can be an economical and efficient choice for furnace heat. Call our Kansas City boiler installation experts - they can present your options and give you all the information about a boiler you need so you can make the best choice for your home.