If you are looking for a home heating system that offers both longevity and efficiency, a boiler system is definitely one of the options that you should consider. Boilers function with the use of water. They funnel cold water through a heater and then out through a series of pipes, as either fluid or steam, and the heat from these pipes is radiated throughout the house. You may be familiar with boilers, but not when it comes to residential heating. Here are a few of the more common questions homeowners tend to have about buying a boiler heat system for their home. 

How much does it cost to have a boiler installed in your home?

Boiler systems can greatly vary in their price according to several factors, such as how large the unit is and whether it is steam or water oriented. However, in general terms, you should expect a new boiler to cost you somewhere between $3,132 and $7,183

What is the difference between a standard boiler and a combination boiler heat system?

Standard boilers are those that consist of a large storage tank that houses hot water, whereas a combination boiler system does not. Combination boilers heat the water as it is released from the main inlet water lines. This works well in homes that are small and do not require a great deal of heat or hot water. However, if there is a need for excess hot water, most combination boilers can be fitted with a small tank for holding. 

Which is more efficient energy wise, steam or water fed boiler systems?

Most contractors do recommend the steam-fed boiler system because of it's efficiency. Because steam is lighter in weight and less dense, it is much easier to distribute through the system of lines that run through the house, which generally means that the boiler will use less energy. However, it is not uncommon for smaller boiler systems, such as those used in apartments or small residential houses, to be fed with water instead of steam because the energy efficiency difference in such small spaces is minuscule.  

The bottom line is this: A boiler system is a logical heating solution for some homeowners and can provide you with years if use in an efficient manner. If you would like to know more about home boiler installation, be sure to talk to a residential heating contractor for advice.