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Heating Oil Boilers vs. Other Heating Systems

Choose the best heating equipment for your home.

boiler services Wrentham, MA When we talk to people who have recently purchased homes heated by a boiler in Wrentham or elsewhere in Norfolk County, they sometimes have an outdated understanding of oil-fired systems. Their image is of inefficient heat and lots of soot. But today’s oil heating equipment is much different from the system your grandparents used.

At TF Complete Heating & Cooling, we can help you get the most from your heating oil equipment — and we’re here if you’re ready for another type of heating system.

How does a heating oil boiler keep you warm?

A boiler system does not use forced air or ductwork to heat your home. Instead, it heats a tank of water and then transfers either hot water or steam through pipes to radiators, floorboards or radiant floor systems. This steam or water condenses and returns to the boiler to be reheated and circulated again. This cycle continues until your rooms are at the desired temperature.

Oil-fired boilers use heating oil to heat the water. Your boiler’s burner converts the oil into a fine spray, which mixes with air to ignite.

Many people prefer boiler heat to furnace heat. It is slightly moister, which can make rooms feel more comfortable. Boilers are typically quieter than furnaces. Today’s oil boilers are also more efficient than earlier equipment, with fuel efficiency ratings approaching 90%.

Comparing heating oil and other energy sources.

If you want to compare how much heat you get from oil versus other energy sources, the best metric to do so is British thermal units (Btu). According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one gallon of heating oil can generate about 138,500 Btu. To achieve the same heat production with other energy sources, you’d need:

You can compare your per-gallon price for heating oil to the rates for those other energy sources for an idea of how your energy spending might change.

Factors to consider about heating systems.

If you’re unhappy with an old or inefficient heating system and considering a change, we can help you. Many homeowners leap to the conclusion that they should change their energy source or system type. Sometimes, this is a good idea, but not always.

To begin, completely overhauling your heating system can be pricy and disruptive. For example, installing ductwork to change from a boiler to a furnace system can become a complex full-home renovation. Some homes in our region benefit from a full electric heat pump conversion, while others may install a few ductless mini-split units but hold onto their boilers, embracing a hybrid system of sorts.

Similarly, converting from heating oil to natural gas may save you money over time, but it’s not always clear if that can defray the upfront expenses.
It’s important to look at all your options to decide if it’s a better idea to convert to a new system or invest in a more efficient version of your current one.

Talk to the Tom Fricker team about your heating upgrade.

If you’re looking for candid, informed guidance about your home heating options, come to TF Complete Heating & Cooling. Our team of highly-trained, experienced technicians handles furnace and boiler installations, as well as heat pump conversions. We can help you review your options, make recommendations for equipment upgrades, and then secure and install your new heating system.

We would love to help you boost your comfort this winter. Contact our team for a FREE estimate.

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