Bay Ridge Boiler Services
Homes all over the United States use boilers as their main source of distributing heat. As one of the main boiler installers in the area, we receive many questions about boilers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us!
What is a Boiler?
A boiler is a device that helps distribute heat throughout an entire house. The way that the heat is delivered will depend on the style of boiler that you have in your home. Traditionally, boilers distribute heat throughout your house as either steam, hot water, or heated air. Steam and hot water are usually circulated throughout the house via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems. Forced air is traditionally passed throughout the house via vents. With the forced air method, air is heated via a coil system before it is sent throughout the house.
Steam boilers tend to operate at much higher temperatures because they need that extra energy to turn water into steam. As a result, steam boilers are sometimes seen as less energy efficient. Despite this, most modern boilers of today are highly energy efficient.
What Size Boiler Do I Need?
Trying to figure out the right size boiler to install in your home is not something that is easy to do. As a result, it is best to call a professional. Only a professional will be able to tell you how big of a boiler you need because there are many factors to consider.
The factors that play a role in the size of boiler that you need are not limited to the size of your house. You also have to take into account the climate that you live in, the style of boiler you are planning to buy and how well your home is insulated. A home that is well insulated will not lose heat as quickly and may not need as big of a boiler to keep it warm. As a general rule of thumb, the perfect size boiler will run all day on a cold day to keep the house at a comfortable level. Contact Petri Plumbing today to have one of our professionals assess your home.
Does My Boiler Require Maintenance?
Just like any other heating or cooling system used in homes, boilers need maintenance. There is some general maintenance that should be done on boilers to increase their lives. This includes testing them and keeping them clean. That being said, all other maintenance on a boiler should be handled by professionals because it can be dangerous. The type of maintenance that you need for your boiler will depend on the type of boiler that your home has installed.
Keeping up with the maintenance of your boiler will help ensure that your boiler lasts a long time. Failing to maintain your boiler could result in potential hazards that put your family at risk. If you feel that there may be something wrong with your boiler, you should contact us immediately.
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For all of your boiler needs, call us at (718) 748-1254! Petri Plumbing has the experience required to fix any boiler problems or concerns that you may have.