A Guide to Choosing a New Boiler for Your Home

Posted on: 6 February 2017

If you have recently learned that you will soon need to buy a new boiler for your home, you may have already noticed that your purchase is likely to be an expensive one. Given that some new boilers can be expected to last up to 20 years, the purchase price makes sense, but the price tag can still be a bit shocking. If this is your first time to buy a new boiler or if it has been many years since you made that investment, it will behoove you to learn about changes in the use and existence of boilers. Therefore, the following information will allow you to be sure that your final choice of boiler is the right fit for your needs.  

Choosing the Right Size of Boiler

One of the most expensive mistakes that you can make when selecting a new boiler is choosing one that is too small for the size of your home and its expected use. If the new boiler is even a bit too small for the size and usage of your home, it will work harder and longer, which will often be reflected in higher utility bills.

Therefore, you should always opt for the new unit that is slightly too big for your home as opposed to one that is a bit too small. 

Choosing an Energy Efficient Boiler

It is important to note that you should not simply buy a new boiler of the same size as your existing unit, as older models often lack the energy efficiency of the newer units. That difference means that a smaller, newer boiler will often be able to provide the same or better results that the models did, but for a lower cost.    

As a result, you will need to determine the size of boiler that your home will require and what its minimum capacity should be. To do so, you should first gather information about the maximum heat output of each radiator in your home and add those figures together.  If your boiler will be used to heat water for the home, add 3 kilowatts to that number, and if you live in a very cold area, it is best to add at least 10% to the total. That number is the minimum size that you should consider purchasing when you are shopping for your new boiler.    

A new boiler is an important investment for your home. Use the information provided above and check out schweitzerbros.com for more guidance in choosing the right boiler.