3 BENEFITS OF A BOILER SYSTEM
January 16, 2017
Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, and what works for one home may not be right for another. But regardless of the kind of home you have, you need a reliable heating system to function every day during our cold Teaneck, NJ winters.
A boiler system is worth consideration no matter what kind of home you have, and if you need a sudden replacement in the middle of winter – or you’re starting to plan for spring and want to get your options straight – then it might prove to be an excellent fit for you. Here are 3 benefits that you should readily consider.
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February 8, 2016
A number of households in Bergen County, NJ use boilers to keep warm in the winter. The system is very simple and inexpensive to use: heating water into steam and sending it through various pipes in your home to warm your different rooms. Trouble can be prevented with timely maintenance from a trained technician, but sometimes, there’s no choice but to deal with a repair call. When that happens, the sooner you can identify a problem the better. This is especially true in the case of leaks, which are common problems in the winter and which can lead to higher bills and other issues if you aren’t careful. Here’s how to tell if you have a leaking boiler.
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April 12, 2014
Boilers that use stored oil for fuel have been around since the earliest days of hydronic heating. However, oil boilers have started to fall out of use over the past few decades with the increasing availability of natural gas and the increasing efficiency of electric boilers. Today, many people opt to have an oil-to-gas conversion done for their home to free themselves from the limitations of an oil boiler and provide their whole home with the convenience of natural gas.
We’ll look at why people are choosing to change from oil to gas boilers and if this option is something you should investigate. Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for more detailed information about oil-to-gas conversions and your boiler in Westwood, NJ.
Why are people switching to natural gas?
Oil boilers are effective at providing you heat—more so than many electric boilers. However, oil does not burn as cleanly as natural gas, which makes it both less energy-efficient and more damaging to the environment. Burning oil creates polluting emissions, which are not only bad for the earth, but also lead to soot and grime inside your home.
Natural gas not only costs less to use (saving families in test studies approximately $1,800 a year), it is more convenient. Gas comes to your home from a municipal supply, while oil need to be delivered to your home in shipments. You can run out of oil, but you can’t run out of natural gas. Some homeowners also like that natural gas is a domestic product, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
How difficult is the conversion?
The switch to natural gas first requires that your home is in an area that has access to a municipal gas line. Check with a heating service to find out if a conversion is even possible for your home. If there is a gas main nearby, your local utility company will need to dig a trench to your home, and after that the task can take a few days for heating professionals to perform the necessary work to pipe the gas to your new boiler. Although an extensive process, it will pay you back in numerous ways.
Are there any other options?
Yes: electrical-powered heaters. Ask a heating technician about the most efficient and effective electrical heating systems for your home.
How do I get started?
Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. to schedule an appointment to look into how we can best provide you with an oil-to-gas conversion for your boiler in Westwood, NJ.
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February 6, 2014
A good boiler with a record of regular maintenance and repairs can outlast almost any other heating system, and will often outlast many other appliances in a home, like ovens, stoves, and refrigerators. This is a reason boilers remain popular for home heating to this day, even with so many other options.
However, you should know when the time has come to take the old workhouse out to pasture. It won’t always be obvious that you should replace a boiler; frequently, a unit will appear to be working fine into its advanced years… but there are still some good reasons for you to replace it with a new model.
BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has installed boilers for years, so when you are ready for an upgrade to your heating in Westwood, NJ, call our capable, skilled technicians.
Reasons for replacing that older boiler:
- It is losing efficiency: There’s a difference between “working” and “working well.” Look over your heating bills for the past few years; if you notice an increase that isn’t due to malfunctions or rises in fuel prices, it probably means your boiler is losing efficiency because of age. Replacing the system now will mean you will begin saving money immediately, which will make up for installation costs.
- To avoid an abrupt breakdown: We are in the middle of a tough winter right now. The last thing you want to happen is for your heating system to break down on a one of the coldest day. With an aging boiler, you have little assurance that it will make it through to spring. If you schedule installation during a warm spell, or when you can plan to temporarily vacate the house, you’ll have greater peace of mind about the cold days ahead.
- To take advantage of new technology: Even if your old boiler is maintaining its standard efficiency level, enough time has passed for new boiler technology to overtake it in efficiency. Many modern boilers score AFUE ratings above 90%, where older boilers were usually in the lower 80s. Special high-efficiency boilers score even higher. The positive change in your heating bill can be immense.
Consult with Your Local Heating Experts
Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for a consultation about your current boiler. Our experts in heating in Westwood, NJ can diagnose your boiler and provide suggestions about replacements. If it is time for a new boiler, let our technicians help you pick a model, and then you can take it easy while they provide a fast and effective installation.
Don’t risk a breakdown this winter! Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
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January 13, 2014
Here on the East Coast, you need a good heating system to keep your home warm during those cold winter days. If you’re looking at installing a new heating system, you have many options to choose from, and the best one depends on your particular circumstances. Even so, there are some definite advantages to going with boiler. Here’s why a boiler may be your best option for heating this winter.
- Efficiency and convenience. Boilers use radiant heat to do their work, sending warm energy into your home through a system of pipes and radiators. There is little sound as it does its work and boilers don’t create any breeze: eliminating the problems of drafts and cold spots that often accompany forced-air furnaces.
- Clean Air: Along those lines, because boilers don’t distribute heat though air ducts, they don’t circulate dust, bacteria or other types of allergens. That helps keep the air cleaner and reduces irritation to the nose and throat, as well as ensuring that the air inside your home doesn’t get too dry in the winter (which can cause additional health problems.)
- Reliability. Boilers don’t have many moving parts, which means they rarely need repairs. That also grants them a very long lifespan, allowing you to rely on them for many years to come provided they are properly maintained.
If you need boiler installation service in Westwood NJ or the surrounding areas, call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. We can discuss your options with you and install your new boiler with professionalism and care. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
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December 9, 2013
Rust is the principle enemy of metal: the contact of water, oxygen, and iron results in oxidation that weakens metal until it crumbles and flakes away. Any appliance in your home that contains both metal and water is at risk of rust that will severely damage it. If your boiler begins to rust, it will turn into a serious problem that will put your whole heating system at risk.
So the short answer to the question, “When should I be concerned about rust on my boiler?” is all the time. If you see rust on any part of your boiler, you need to have it remedied with as soon as possible. Corrosion spreads, and if not stopped and the source of the problem dealt with, you may end up needing to replace your entire heating system.
At BZ Dependable, we have many years of experience working with heating, as well as plumbing, so we know all about rust: what it can do, how to eliminate it, how to stop it from starting. If you need help with rust occurring on your boiler in Bergenfield, NJ, contact us right away.
The source of boiler rust—and its consequences
Boiler manufacturers design their products to resist rust as much as possible, so that if you keep your boiler in good repair with regular check-ups you shouldn’t have much trouble with corrosion issues. The main way that boilers fend off rust is through anode rods at the top of their water tanks. These rods prevent rust from entering the tank by “sacrificing” themselves to rust away first. (For this reason, they are often called “sacrificial anodes”). But when an anode rod finally rusts completely, corrosion will start inside the tank.
There are two principal dangers from rust in a boiler. The first is that it will imbalance the temperature in the tank (rust acts as an insulator) which will lead to overheating and high pressure. The second is that it will weaken the metal in the tank and begin causing leaks. Both situations can eventually ruin your entire heating system.
Routine maintenance will make sure the anode rod in your boiler receives regular replacement so rust will not infiltrate the tank. If you notice rust starting on your boiler, repair technicians can often remove it if it is still superficial, or replace the parts affected. However, you can’t delay these repairs: if you wait too long, you may need to have the boiler tank completely replaced.
BZ Dependable performs many services that will help your boiler in Bergenfield, NJ stay free of rust and corrosion. Sign up for boiler inspection and routine check-ups from our heating experts and you should have a boiler that will keep you warm for many years.
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November 18, 2013
We often recommend that our clients install boilers in their homes as a way to receive quality heat through the cold months. Although the technology of boilers has been around for more than a century, contemporary models are among the most durable, energy efficient, clean, and effective heating systems on the market. To have a cozy winter in Westwood, NJ, a boiler is one of the best options available.
We’ll explain in brief how a boiler distributes heat around your home, because it illustrates some of the reasons why boilers are such good choices for home comfort. If you have further questions, or if you have a boiler that needs repairs or maintenance, contact BZ Dependable. Our promise is in our name.
Boilers do not used forced-air heating to warm up your house the way that furnaces and heat pumps do. Instead of fans and ducts spreading heated air, boilers use hydronic heating: they raise the temperature of water, then use pumps to send the water to terminal point to provide radiant heat.
When the thermostat sends the signal to the boiler to provide heat, gas jets or electrical elements activate to heat up the water inside the boiler’s tank. (Some boilers still actually boil the water, creating steam. Most models only need to raise the water’s temperature.) A pump then sends the heated water through pipes that run through your home. This hot water reaches terminal points, such as radiators or baseboard heaters. The heat that radiates from these objects then provides heat to the room. The cooled water then returns to the tank, where the cycle begin once more.
Since boilers do not use ductwork, they produce much cleaner warmth than forced-air systems. This makes them excellent choices for people with allergies to airborne pollutants. The hot water distribution also requires very few mechanical parts (the pump has the most moving parts), and that means boilers need fewer repairs and have longer lifespans than most other systems.
However, boilers will need occasional repairs to keep them operating; leaks are the most common trouble that boilers face, but with regular maintenance you can reduce the risk of the corrosion and high water pressure that cause leaking to almost nothing.
If you are currently debating about installing a new heater in your home, we recommend you put a boiler on your list of options to consider. If you already have a boiler in your Westwood, NJ home working to keep you warm, you know the advantages. To keep the boiler doing its best work, rely on BZ Dependable for all your boiler installation and repair needs.
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October 28, 2013
Boilers rank among the most popular heating systems across the country because of their low initial price, remarkable longevity, limited maintenance requirements, clean heat, and quiet operation. You probably have placed a boiler high on your list for possible heating installation in your new home, or for replacing an older system in your current home.
However, a boiler isn’t an item you pull off a rack. There’s a great variety to choose from: you want a boiler the right size to heat your home, and also one that fits with your current fuel source. Picking out a boiler can feel arduous if you approach it unprepared. We’ll provide you some help here, but we can’t tell through a blog post what your specific needs are. For that, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with us to go over what type and size of boiler in your Fair Lawn, NJ home will do the best job. BZ Dependable is ready to help you.
Boilers have used many different fuel sources over the years, starting with wood (many of those are still around). But today three fuel types are common: natural gas, electricity, and oil. If your home is already equipped for a specific fuel type, this will help narrow your choice. In general, gas-powered boilers are the most popular, providing high energy-efficient performance and low repair needs. Oil-powered boilers provide efficient heat, but cost more to maintain. Electric boilers are more expensive to run because of the cost of electricity.
A boiler needs to be sized correctly to handle your home’s heating requirements. This isn’t a case of “the bigger, the better.” There is no right side to err on, since a boiler that’s too large will cause you as many migraines as a small one. An oversized boiler will raise the temperature so fast, it will shut down before completing its cycle, which increases wear and tear. Sizing a boiler requires special calculations from a professional. These calculations compile your home’s size, the number of people who live there, insulation, windows, and more into an equation that will point you toward the right size boiler.
BZ Dependable is ready to help you select and install your boiler in Fair Lawn, NJ. If you currently have a boiler that uses oil, BZ Dependable specializes in oil-to-gas conversions—which can help make your home more environmentally friendly. Contact us today whatever your needs are for heat this coming winter.
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October 14, 2013
A boiler should have a spot on any shortlist of heating systems to consider when you’re looking for a new installation. Although there is no heating system that will work for every home, boilers remain one of the most flexible types available, and have maintained their popularity for many decades for good reasons. We’ll provide you with three of the best reasons below.
If installing a boiler in Fair Lawn, NJ looks like it’s in your future, then contact BZ Dependable. We’ll help you choose a model, and then install it right the first time.
1. Clean air
Indoor air quality presents a major health concern in the United States according to the EPA. The dust, debris, and other contaminants blown about from ducts in homes can cause numerous health issues. However, you won’t have to worry about a boiler lowering the air quality, since boilers do not use forced air to heat your home. Instead, they channel hot water to radiators and baseboard heaters, and the warmth that radiates off them raises the temperature without any indoor air pollution.
2. Even heating
If you’ve had problems before with heating systems that leave some rooms ice cold and others an inferno, you won’t have to worry about that much with boilers. They spread heat evenly to give you an overall comfort in your home.
3. Long lifespan
With few moving parts, boilers are far less prone to repair needs than furnaces, and maintenance on them is simpler. A well maintained boiler may also last longer than a furnace or a heat pump, giving you long-term savings.
There are even more advantages than these—quiet operation, energy efficiency—which make boilers great home heating solutions. But you need professional advice in order to make the best choice for your home. Have a technician analyze your current heating system to see what needs to be done to make a boiler work with your home—if it is indeed the right choice.
If you do decide on a boiler, make sure you have experts install it so it won’t develop leaks or other repair needs. BZ Dependable has done quality boiler installation, repair, and maintenance for many years. We’re as dependable as our name, so make us your pick for installing a boiler in Fair Lawn, NJ.
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