What is arguably the most convenient creature comfort we as human beings have the luxury of enjoying (aside from the loo) is an indoor heating system. At the heart of every radiated heating system is the boiler as it produces the hot water or steam and distributes it throughout your home. Selecting the right boiler will allow you comfort and ideally smaller energy bills for years to come. There are many factors to consider in this process and we will walk you through each part. Ultimately we are here to help you with your decision.
Types of Boilers
When choosing what type of boiler to go with first you must decide if it will be a hot water or steam application. The first indicator to take note of would be your radiators. A steam system would be used for cast iron, baseboard or panel radiators who all have a similar vent that allows for air to escape and steam to enter when the system first starts up. Systems that have a single connection hooked up to them most likely are steam where if there are two connections it could be steam or hot water. A telltale sign for a hot water system though is if there is radiant heating installed in the house. Aside from the radiators you can check the boiler itself. If the boiler has a small glass tube mounted to the side of it then it is likely a steam boiler. Hot water boilers would not have this same tube but instead have other accessories installed near or in the attic such as a tank or a pump. If you are still unsure KS Mechanical Services can assist you in determining which type is needed.
Once you have determined whether you need a hot water or steam system, it is time to understand your fuel option. You essentially have four fuel options. Natural gas, liquid propane, fuel oil or electric. Natural gas is very common and usually plumbed straight to your unit from a utility main. Propane is the next common fuel and is usually stored in a tank on your property either above or below ground and would need to have a delivery a few times a year to replenish. Fuel oil is used where gas is not available and is common in Suffolk County and Greenport NY. The storage tank is also located on your property and needs to be refilled throughout the year. Finally there are electric boilers which are typically available where the other fuel types are not readily available or are too expensive.
Considering Your Venting Options
When choosing the right ventin goption for your home you must consider a few things. What type your existing boiler is, your home’s construction and the efficiency you are looking for. The three main options for venting are chimneys, power venting and direct venting. This is where a thorough investigation of your existing venting situation is necessary by one of our engineers at KS Mechanical Services to be certain of the safety and function of these vents. Our engineers can also go over the efficiency ratings, modulating and staging with you as well.
Size Does Matter
If you are looking for consistent and efficient comfort then you must consider the size of your unit. If you felt like your comfort level was sufficient with the size of your last boiler, then it may be in your best interest to keep that same size moving forward. There are pretty complicated calculating involved when sizing a heating unit for your home, so for the most accurate assessment and conclusion on what size is best for your space then having our specialists at KS Mechanical Services in Greenport Suffolk County NY handle that for you.
Once Your Decision is Made, Consistency is Key
Now that you have selected the best boiler for you and your home it is time to stay on top of it. If you have a unit that requires a delivery then you are most likely more aware of it and it’s function all year round. So staying ahead of any issues before the colder months set in is probably more likely to happen. But because you can essentially go on autopilot with your unit when it is being fed it’s fuel directly, it may be very easy to ignore the annual upkeep that should be happening. To ensure you have a properly functioning boiler, you should have it serviced once a year. KS Mechanical Services in Greenport can service your boiler for you so you can have full confidence in knowing that your boiler will be ready for the colder weather in the Fall and Winter. We pride ourselves in providing thorough and honest service and never insist on anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. Preventative maintenance is key to a healthy system and can prolong the life of your new boiler.
Repair or Replace
KS Mechanical Services takes pride in always doing what is in the best interest of our customers and never recommending anything that isn’t necessary. We have had a long and successful decade plus of service to homeowners and business owners all over Nassau and Suffolk and the greater Greenport NY area because of our honesty and commitment to exceptional service. We appreciate your confidence in our professional opinion and vow to only suggest what is in the best interest of your pockets and your safety. We as a company work out of Greenport and live all over Long Island ourselves and always want what is best for our neighbors and our friends.
If you are looking for quality boiler maintenance by a company with over ten years of experience, then look no further than boiler repair Greenport Suffolk NY and the surrounding areas by KS Mechanical Services. We pride ourselves in supplying you with our expert technicians and our exceptional service department. Give us a call at 631-889-3617 today!
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