Oil boilers like the one shown here vent through a chimney and rely on room air for combustion.
If your home uses a boiler for your heating and hot water, it's essential that you have an efficient system that operates correctly. Meacham Companies are the local experts for oil boiler services in Central MA, and we can help you with any of your oil boiler repair, replacement, or installation needs.
If you're having issues with your current system, our experts can evaluate your boiler and recommend the right solutions for your needs. If you're looking to improve performance and efficiency, we can install a modern system that will save you money on energy costs. Call us today at 1-855-212-6496 or click below to get started with a free estimate on any of our boiler services in Shrewsbury, Westborough, Marlborough and the nearby areas.
A new, high-efficiency boiler will help save money on heating costs
An oil-fired boiler that's more than 10 years old can be functioning perfectly but only working at 65% efficiency or less. That means only 65% of the heat from the oil you paid for gets to your house, while the rest goes up the chimney. A new oil-fired boiler can operate above 85% efficiency, allowing you to reduce your home's heating costs by 20% or more.
Meacham Companies can evaluate your current heating system recommend potential upgrades to improve your efficiency and save you money. Here are a few key factors to consider when evaluating a boiler.
Super insulated tanks like this store heated water from the boiler for domestic hot water use.
A conventional "atmospheric combustion" boiler draws on the air around it to help fuel the combustion process. Once combustion takes place, hot exhaust gases and other combustion byproducts are piped to a chimney where they rise naturally up and out of the house.
A direct-vent boiler is designed to burn fuel more thoroughly, usually in a secondary combustion chamber. Since nearly all the fuel's energy is extracted thanks to more complete combustion, flue gases are cool enough to be exhausted through a plastic pipe. No chimney is needed, and the pipe can simply extend through an exterior wall. A small fan is incorporated into the boiler design to aid in exhausting the flue gases. Direct-vent boilers extract more heat from a given volume of fuel, so they're usually preferred by homeowners over atmospheric boilers.
A "sealed-combustion" boiler vents directly through the wall, but also gets its combustion air from outside the house. The combustion process is totally sealed off from the interior space. This type of boiler is also very energy efficient, attaining an AFUE of 85% and higher.
Many homeowners who are upgrading to a more efficient boiler choose to achieve even greater energy savings with a combi-boiler. A combi-boiler heats water for household washing in addition to supplying hot water for the heating system. With a combi system, no separate hot water heater is necessary. In fact, when the boiler is running to provide water for whole-house heating, hot water for washing is heated for free. Replacing an older boiler and water heater with a combi-boiler can save hundreds of dollars every year.
If you're interested in improving your home's energy efficiency and saving money on your heating costs, the boiler installation experts at Meacham Companies can help. Our experts will evaluate your system and recommend the best solutions for your needs. We provide quality boiler repair, replacement, and installation solutions in Shrewsbury, Westborough, Marlborough, Northborough, Watertown, Natick, Southborough, Weston, Franklin, Waban and the nearby areas. Call us today at 1-855-212-6496 or contact us online for a free estimate!
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