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Is a Boiler an Efficient Way to Heat My Home?

Why Radiant Heat Warms so Effectively

boiler efficiency Grafton county, nh How you heat your home has a big impact on your comfort. It can also make a big difference in what you spend each month to keep comfortable. That’s a lot to think about if you’re planning a renovation or building or buying a new home. Boilers are one of the most common types of home heating equipment here in New Hampshire for good reason: They are efficient and effective at generating steady, consistent warmth.

Radiating Warmth

A boiler heats water, which generates steam and distributes it through pipes that heat the floors or walls in your rooms. The heat is transferred to people and objects in the room via infrared radiation, like heat from the sun. Because it doesn’t heat air, a radiant heat system is generally about 15% more efficient than other heating systems. Another nice benefit is that even ceramic tile floors are warm under your bare feet in the winter.

Another way boilers are more efficient than, say, a furnace, is that the water in the system is eventually recycled back to the boiler to be reheated and used again. Because it’s still hot—just not hot enough to produce steam—it takes less energy to reheat the water when it passes through the system each time.

What About Fuel?

You can choose a boiler designed to run on oil, propane and natural gas, or electricity. In our area, most homes use oil or gas for heat. Electric heat just takes much longer to reach a comfortable temperature and maintain it—driving up your energy usage. That means, even without geopolitics driving energy costs up, electricity costs you more.

Heating oil is a great option to run your boiler because oil has a higher BTU output per gallon, so you use it more slowly than propane. That means you could pay less to heat your house with heating oil, even if the per-gallon cost of propane is less.

Today, home heating oil is ultra-low sulfur. It burns much more cleanly, with significantly fewer particulate emissions even from the already low levels of the past few decades. What’s more, new heating oil boilers and furnaces now burn fuel 99.9% cleanly, according to studies conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Laboratory.

However, propane is also an excellent option, especially if you also want to run other appliances on propane. It’s the preferred fuel for cooking, and it’s great for all kinds of heating—washers and dryers, water heaters, spas and hot tubs—as well as for powering backup generators. Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, and it delivers more than twice the Btus of natural gas, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to heating your central New Hampshire, Pemi River’s knowledgeable team can help you choose the best equipment for your home, budget, and preferences. Not sure what’s the right choice for you? We’re happy to answer all your questions and walk you through your choices. And, we’ll install your equipment correctly to insure it keeps your home comfortable for decades to come.

Helping you keep your home warm and comfortable is our biggest priority. Contact us today for more information.