The primary function of a boiler is to heat water and provide either hot water or steam for homes and industrial units. However, with energy costs in 2023 expected to rise to 75%, energy efficiency is more important than ever, and both homeowners and business owners are switching to high-efficiency boilers.
AFUE is the standard measure of the boiler’s efficiency. It determines the fuel your boiler needs for your home and how much it can save you money over time. High-efficiency boilers have an AFUE rating of 90% or higher, which means only 10% or less of the energy escapes. On the other hand, traditional boilers have low efficiency of 60%; that is, only 60% of the energy created is used, and the remaining 40% goes to waste.
Condensing boilers are the more popular choice when it comes to high efficiency. They work by trapping the escaping heat and then redirecting it back to the heating home through condensing, hence its name. Another popular choice is the combi boiler. Combi boilers can save space by combining a water heater and central heating boiler into one unit. You can save a significant amount of energy by choosing the right type of boiler for your home or building.
This article will not only reveal the cost-saving benefits of energy-efficient boilers, it will also guide you on the factors to consider when choosing an energy-efficient boiler for your property.
Cost-Saving Benefits of Energy-Efficient Boilers
When you entrust your high-efficiency boiler installation to the professionals like our engineers at MDM Mechanical, you’ll reap the following benefits.
Lower Energy Bills
This is one of the primary benefits of high-efficiency boilers. High-efficiency boilers can reduce utility bills by 50%, resulting in lower energy bills.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Not only are traditional boilers less efficient, but they also require a high maintenance level to run correctly. High-efficiency boilers, on the other hand, cost less to maintain. Investing in high-efficiency boilers can bring a large ROI, delivering significant energy savings and reducing utility bills within one or two years.
Boiler efficiency can impact your business operations, if you want your boiler to serve you for over 15 years, invest in high-efficiency boilers and save yourself the headache of dealing with downtime, constant repairs, or replacing your cheaper alternative. Regular maintenance will also make your commercial boiler last longer.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
High-efficiency boilers are not only cost-effective but also emit less carbon into the environment because they use less energy. With high-efficiency boilers, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
As mentioned above, high-efficiency boilers are generally more efficient because they have an AFUE rating of 90% and above. Older boilers have an AFUE rating of 60%, so if you use an older boiler, you will be spending more money. Simply put, the higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the boiler and the more money you save on energy bills.
Increased Home Comfort
High-efficient boilers are more reliable, bringing consistent warmth to you and your loved ones. No one wants to be left in the cold—pun intended—with a broken, unreliable boiler in their home or business.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Energy-Efficient Boiler
There are different types of boilers available on the market today; while this is a good thing, it could also result in purchasing the wrong commercial or residential boiler for their property.
If you are considering purchasing a boiler, either for your first time or you are replacing an old one, the following considerations can help you choose the right boiler that will perfectly suit the needs of your property.
Some boilers take up more space than others. High-efficiency boilers generally take up less physical space. Combi boilers, for instance, provide both hot water and heating from one compact unit, eliminating the need for cylinders or tanks. If your property has less space, a combi boiler is the right option.
Size of the Property
The size of your property plays a huge factor when selecting the right boiler size for your building. To select the right boiler size for your property, you need to first calculate the boiler requirements the property needs by summing up the number of radiators in your home or property, including the number of windows, doors, and rooms and how well the property is insulated. This will give you an idea of the boiler size that will meet your demands.
You don’t want to get the wrong boiler that will not provide sufficient heat for your home, nor do you want a boiler that will overheat your property, leading to excessive energy use and consequently high energy bills.
Heating and Hot Water Requirements
You also need to consider the quantity of water required in the property. How many people live in the house? How often do you take baths or showers? These are questions that need to be addressed before you choose a boiler.
The Cost of Installation and Maintenance
Choose a boiler that has simple features that will make the installation process easy; this will save you time and money. Boilers also need to be regularly maintained for improved efficiency and longer lifespan. Some boilers’ components are not easily accessible on the market. This will make it difficult for your contractors to regularly maintain and replace worn-out components.
The Impact on Energy Bills
Choose boilers that use less fuel for heating your property. Since high efficiency boilers can have an AFUE rate of 90% and do not use much fuel, there will be a significant reduction in your energy bills.
Choose MDM Mechanical for Your Boiler Installation in 2023
If you still use an old boiler, there is no better time to switch to high-efficiency boilers. Start saving on your energy bills with any of our commercial and residential boilers at MDM Mechanical. We have an array of high-efficiency boilers, ranging from combi boilers, system boilers, and the most efficient condensing boilers. We will work within your budget to choose the right option for your property.