Boilers Provide Luxury Heating Options
Neri & Russo provides first-class Water boiler, Hydronic heating, and Water heater services, including Boiler repairs and new Boiler installations. Boilers are an integral part of Hydronic heating system. Boilers and Furnaces are measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). Hydronic heating systems, though complex, are the most desirable home heating systems available in the New Jersey market. These systems offer a variety of options to deliver comfortable, even heat throughout your home. A boiler and Hydronic heating system is an outstanding, clean and quiet heating option.
Our trained home comfort technicians can help guide you during the process of deciding which system will be best for you, your family and home. We pride ourselves on quality craftsmanship and act as an authorized/certified dealer installation company for many brands. If you need an affordable option for your home or the highest rated energy efficient technology available today, you will find a solution with us.
Understanding the Efficiency Rating of Furnaces & Boilers
A central furnace or boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). The Federal Trade Commission requires new furnaces or boilers to display their AFUE so consumers can compare heating efficiencies of various models. AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is in the energy in its fuel over the course of a typical year.
Specifically, AFUE is the ratio of heat output of the furnace or boiler compared to the total energy consumed by a furnace or boiler. An AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the energy in the fuel becomes heat for the home and the other 10% escapes up the chimney and elsewhere. AFUE doesn’t include the heat losses of the duct system or piping, which can be as much as 35% of the energy for output of the furnace when ducts are located in the attic.
An all-electric furnace or boiler has no flue loss through a chimney. The AFUE rating for an all-electric furnace or boiler is between 95% and 100%. The lower values are for units installed outdoors because they have greater jacket heat loss. However, despite their high efficiency, the higher cost of electricity in most parts of the country makes all-electric furnaces or boilers an uneconomic choice. If you are interested in electric heating, consider installing a heat pump system.
The minimum allowed AFUE rating for a non-condensing fossil-fueled, warm-air furnace is 78%; the minimum rating for a fossil-fueled boiler is 80%; and the minimum rating for a gas-fueled steam boiler is 75%. A condensing furnace or boiler condenses the water vapor produced in the combustion process and uses the heat from this condensation. The AFUE rating for a condensing unit can be much higher (by more than 10 percentage points) than a non-condensing furnace. Although condensing units cost more than non-condensing units, the condensing unit can save you money in fuel costs over the 15- to 20-year life of the unit, and is a particularly wise investment in cold climates.
You can identify and compare a system’s efficiency by not only its AFUE but also by its equipment features, listed below.
Old, Low-Efficiency Heating Systems:
- Natural draft that creates a flow of combustion gases
- Continuous pilot light
- Heavy heat exchanger
- 68%–72% AFUE
Mid-Efficiency Heating Systems:
- Exhaust fan controls the flow of combustion air and combustion gases more precisely
- Electronic ignition (no pilot light)
- Compact size and lighter weight to reduce cycling losses
- Small-diameter flue pipe
- 80%–83% AFUE
High-Efficiency Heating Systems:
- Condensing flue gases in a second heat exchanger for extra efficiency
- Sealed combustion
- 90%–97% AFUE
Some of the options with this system include endless Domestic Hot Water, Pool and hot tub heating, Radiant floor heating, Snow and ice melt systems for outdoor walkways and driveways, and Towel warmers, just to name a few.
If you have a boiler that needs service, or if you're looking into installing a new boiler in your home, Contact an Neri & Russo and get in touch with one of our Home Comfort Expert to help you achieve perfect home comfort.
As winter approaches, every Morris, Essex, Union, Passaic & Bergen County homeowner begins to think about the heating system in their home. What will it cost me to heat my home and will it operate throughout the winter? Should we install a new Boiler/Heating system? If so, with what kind? The most important step to take before starting your heating system for the season is to have it inspected by a licensed professional.
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