STEPS TO TAKE TO ENSURE CORRECT BOILER INSTALLATION
January 8, 2015
Boilers aren’t one-size-fits-all appliances. Like other heating systems, it is necessary to take a few steps in order to ensure that you are installing a heating system that will fit your needs and the needs of your home. To make your Hillsdale boiler installation a success, here are some suggestions from our installation experts here at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.:
Determine Your Fuel Types
There are two main types of fuel that boilers use: oil or natural gas; they can also use propane and solid fuels, but these aren’t as mainstream as oil or gas. If you are replacing an existing system, you may want to stay with your current fuel, but one of the benefits of new installation is the opportunity to explore your options. Once you determine which fuel you’d like to use for your boiler, it’s time to look at sizing.
Many times you’ll hear that all you need to know when installing a new boiler is the square footage of your home; this is not accurate. To properly calculate heat load, you need to consider the following items:
- Your home’s orientation
- Daytime heat gain
- Insulation levels
- Types and number of windows and doors
- Floor plan
- Number of rooms
- Number of occupants
- Square footage
Doing a proper and correct heat load calculation helps ensure that you’ll install a heatingsystem that is the right size for your home.
Work with an Expert
Working with an expert from the very start of your process to the finish is one of the best ways to make sure you install a system that fits with your home, meets your needs and will last for the long-term. Not only can an expert help you with the heat load calculation, he or she can explain to you all of the options available with using a boiler, including outlet types, and can help advise you on energy efficiency levels and what they can mean for your home. Lastly, he or she will install your new boiler correctly the first time around.
If you are in need of a new boiler installation in Hillsdale, call the experts you can count on: BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
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October 27, 2014
Boilers have been around for a long time, making them the first whole-home heating systems. Today’s boilers are as updated as other heating systems, providing energy efficient heat and reliability. There are multiple reasons why the installation of a boiler in Tenafly is a good idea, but as with any whole-home system, it is highly recommended that you hire professionals. BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., technicians are experts of boiler systems, so if you need a new system, or repair to an existing one, call us today.
How a Boiler Heats
Boilers are part of a hydronic heating system, which means they use water to provide heat. The heat can come from hot water or steam created from boiling water. The most common fuels used are oil and natural gas, although propane and solid fuels can also be used. Air and the fuel mix together in the combustion box, where a controlled flame erupts. This flame warms the heat exchanger, which then heats the water. With a steam boiler, the steam is collected in a dome, which is released when it reaches a certain capacity; hot water is released at a certain temperature. Both steam and hot water are circulated through the pipes; hot water systems need circulating pumps to push the water through (pressure pushes the steam through). Heat can be released via:
- Baseboard heating
- Radiant floor heating
- Radiant wall or ceiling heating
Benefits of a Boiler System
Here are some benefits a boiler system can offer you:
- No circulating dust – boilers are closed systems, and the heat radiates, so there is no blowing dust as there can be with a forced air system.
- Easy zoning – the piping system of a boiler can be divided easily into zones.
- Quiet operation – boiler systems heat quietly; the only sound you’ll hear is when the water is being heated.
- Even heating – the heat from a hydronic system radiates rather than blows, which can feel very comfortable to homeowners.
Boilers are dependable, energy efficient and provide comfortable heating.
If you think you are ready for a boiler installation in Tenafly, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
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January 7, 2013
If you ask all of your neighbors what the best possible fuel to use in your Teaneck, NJ home’s boiler is you will probably get a variety of responses. This is due to the simple fact there is no such thing as the “best” fuel for a boiler, only what the best fuel for your personal needs and heating habits is. There are a lot of factors that you must consider before you make any decisions about what type of fuel you will use to operate your boiler.
Different choices have different benefits, and your individual home and location will inform your decision. If you get stuck during the decision making process, simply call the home heating experts at BZ Dependable. Our professional team members will be glad to help you find the right fuel for you boiler.
Oil used to be one of the most common and popular fuel choices for home heating purposes. In recent years it has begun to slip in popularity, though. It must be delivered, and most of the oil used in this country is imported, which has led to increasing prices over the years. It is not the cleanest burning fuel, but it is extremely effective and fairly efficient.
Natural gas is probably the most popular boiler fuel choice at the moment. It is affordable and much of the natural gas we use is produced domestically. It is also piped directly into your home and is usually cheaper to purchase than electricity. Gas is one of the cleanest burning fuels available, making it popular among those with environmental impact concerns. The use of natural gas does, though, require some proximity to a gas line that can be tapped into.
If you have any further questions about which fuel is right for your boiler, contact BZ Dependable today. We are proud to help you make the right choice for your Teaneck, NJ home. Let us share our expertise with you. We also offer oil to gas conversion service.
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December 17, 2012
Boilers have been an extremely popular home heating method for a long time, and with very good cause. They are extremely durable and dependable, and they provide efficient, effective and even heating throughout a building. They also offer the benefit of operating on a variety of different fuel sources. Whereas coal was once a popular choice, now too oil is fading in popularity. Many areas even offer incentives for making the switch from oil to natural gas. If you are considering a natural gas conversion in your Fort Lee, NJ home consider this information about natural gas boilers from the home heating experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc..
One benefit of converting to natural gas is that natural gas is a largely domestic product. This helps reduce reliance on foreign oil supplies. It also means that natural gas is generally a cheaper fuel source to purchase. Of course newer gas-model boilers are also more efficient than the old oil-burning one you may have in your basement.
Another nice perk of using a natural gas burner is that the fuel source is piped directly into your home. There is no chance that you may run out of fuel for your boiler this way. You also do not need to schedule a delivery or pay to have that fuel brought to you.
Gas boilers are a very environmentally friendly heating source as well. They produce less carbon dioxide than oil or coal-burning models and do not require the transfer of a fuel from far distance sources. Why not consider a cleaner burning, more efficient and affordable heating option in your home.
For more information about how the use of a natural gas boiler in Fort Lee, NJ can benefit you, contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc.. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to helping you find the home heating option best suited for you.
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November 26, 2012
At BZ Dependable, we’ve installed countless boiler systems in the Teaneck area. One question that we often get is what are steam boilers and how do they differ from hot water boilers? We thought that it would be helpful if we dedicated an entire blog post to steam boiler systems and what the special considerations are for their installations.
Steam Boilers vs. Hot Water Boilers
There can be a lot of confusion between steam boilers and hot water boilers because their names are so similar. Here is some disambiguation:
- Steam boilers – Steam boilers actually turn water into steam and use it to heat your home.
- Hot water boilers – Heat water to between 140° F and 170° F and use a pump to circulate it through your home to provide heat.
Steam Boiler Considerations
Because of their unique construction, steam boilers require some additional thoughts before installing one.
- Cost – The difference in cost between steam boilers and hot water boilers is negligible. The only difference in cost will be with the fuel used to heat the water.
- Efficiency – Some claim that hot water boilers are more efficient because they don’t rely on pressure to move the water. Hot water boilers use pumps to move the water which can potentially make them more productive. However, there are steam boilers available that offer a very high degree of efficiency. Consulting with a heating contractor is a great way to get the most information available.
- Extra parts – With a hot water boiler, there are many extra parts that are required to operate the system. As we mentioned above, pumps are required for hot water boilers while they aren’t with steam boilers. Additionally, there are valves, an expansion tank and other parts that are needed for a hot water boiler. Steam boilers don’t require such parts and can sometimes present a more attractive purchase.
- Heating requirements – The temperature that each system operates at varies greatly. Obviously, steam boilers must heat the water to its boiling point which means that it requires more energy to heat the water. This must be taken into account as well.
If you have any questions about steam boilers, their installation or their operation, give the experts at BZ Dependable a call today. We have years of experience offering comprehensive heating services in the Teaneck area. We can help you choose the right heating system for your home, install it for you and make sure that it runs well. Call us today!
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November 12, 2012
Sometimes when you purchase a house you do not necessarily get the home heating option that you would have chosen for installation yourself. Other times you decide that it may be time for a replacement and begin exploring other options. Whatever the reason for your decision, an oil to gas conversion is a great way to heat your home efficiently with a domestic, clean-burning fuel source. When it comes to home heating the popularity of oil has been waning for some time. If your old oil-fueled heating system is ready for replacement or you have simply decided that it is time for a change in your Fort Lee home, call the oil to gas conversion experts at BZ Dependable.
The oil to gas conversion process is a fairly big job, but it is one that can be done relatively quickly and affordably depending on a variety of factors. Obviously there must be access to a main gas line in the vicinity of your property, and a trench will need to dug to pipe gas from that main line into your home. If your home does not have the necessary gas piping system and hookups they will have to be installed. Obviously dealing with a potentially dangerous substance as natural gas must be handled by a qualified, trained professional, which is why you should call BZ Dependable.
It is necessary that your new gas-fueled heating system be properly sized for your home to ensure that it will be able to handle the task heating your home efficiently and effectively. Our professional technicians will help you find the correct size heating system for your home by performing a detailed heat load calculation. Once a new system and size has been settled on and the necessary fixtures are in place we can install your new gas heater.
Of course another step in the process is removing the equipment from your old oil based heating system. You cannot just leave these sort of materials on the side of the road for trash pickup. The oil to gas conversion experts will be sure that everything is properly, safely disposed of so that you can enjoy the new gas heating system in your home worry free.
There are a lot of benefits to switching over to natural gas, and BZ Dependable will be happy to discuss all of them with you. In addition to being highly efficient and reliant on a domestic fuel-source, gas systems also eliminate the need for fuel delivery and take up less space than oil fueled systems that need a storage tank. Consider making the switch to natural gas in your Fort Lee home.
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