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Choosing The Right Gas Boiler For Your Home

by Jill Jenkins

A gas boiler burns gas to provide heat for your home. The majority of gas boilers burn natural gas, but there are some units that burn propane. Choosing the right unit for your particular situation is essential if you're going to keep your energy bills low while still ensuring that your home is as comfortable as possible for you and your family. Below are some of the things you should consider when selecting a residential gas boiler.

The Size of Your Home

The most important factor in choosing which boiler to buy is the size of your home. When comparing boilers, check the documentation to determine what square footage they are designed to handle. You don't want to get a boiler that is too small to meet the needs of your home. However, you also don't want to get one that is too large, since it will simply waste energy. If you can't get one that exactly matches your home's square footage, it's usually best to choose one that is only slightly larger than you need.

The Boiler's Rated Efficiency

Another key consideration when purchasing a boiler is its efficiency rating. The more efficient the unit is, the less gas it's going to burn to produce a given amount of heat. This means that if you have two boilers that are both designed to heat a 2000 square-foot home, but the first one has an efficiency rating of 85% while the second one has a rating of 95%, the second one burns less gas to do the same job. This greater efficiency will reflect itself in lower energy bills.

What are the Installation Costs?

One part of choosing a boiler involves choosing a contractor. This is because you may have to shop around at several contractors before you can find one that offers the boiler you want. While you're doing this, you need to find out how much they're going to charge not only for the unit itself, but for the installation.

What Are the Warranty Terms?

Before you make a purchase, carefully check the warranties of any boilers you're considering. You want the maximum warranty possible, since this adds value to your purchase. While standard manufacturer warranties usually run from 18 months to 2 years, you can purchase an additional limited warranty from the manufacturer covering major components. This will usually run from 8 to 10 years. In addition, the contractor installing the unit should provide you with a 1 to 3 year warranty.

Talk to an expert like Rickett Industrial Environmental Systems to get more help with choosing the right boiler for your home.