Do you know how old your boiler is? If it’s more than 10 years old, it may not be properly heating your home anymore. The reason is older units tend to waste more energy based off their annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. This measures how much heat a boiler puts out in comparison to the total amount of fuel it consumes in a year.
The life expectancy of a boiler is between 15 and 30 years according to the U.S. Department of Energy. At Petri Plumbing and Heating, we know continual use from harsh Brooklyn winters can push a boiler to its limit. Older or heavily used boilers can have an AFUE rating of 50 percent meaning that half of the energy used to heat your home is completely wasted.
Modern boilers are much more efficient than the ones typically found in historic NYC homes. Some newer boilers can be as efficient as 98.5 percent, greatly decreasing your monthly utility bills. Before you jump the gun and buy the next new boiler you can find, it’s important to understand these top tips:
Updating your boiler means updating your home and today, every bit of energy saved is money back in your pocket. While boiler upgrades are a smart investment, updating them on your own can be outright dangerous. It’s best to get help from professional boiler experts, like Petri Plumbing and Heating. To find out more about energy efficient boilers, give us a call at 718-748-1254.
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