Boilers are identified by their AFUE, which is their heating energy efficiency rating. Typical boilers will range from about 80% AFUE to 96% AFUE and can range anywhere in between. New construction methods and governmental regularities are pushing toward industries and homeowners installing higher efficiency systems which is phasing out older, lower efficient boilers.
Most notably, boilers have begun to be widely integrated into radiant flooring heating systems in residential construction. Since boilers are typically fueled by natural gas, a licensed professional is required to install all fuel supply lines. Boilers are designed to be safe equipment when installed properly, but just as with gas water heaters, lack of maintenance or failure to inspect the equipment can lead to very dangerous situations. New boilers are equipped with programmable electronic control and user interface modules. This allows the ability to set programs that will further increase energy savings.
The area surrounding the boiler should be free from all combustible materials, gasoline and other flammable vapors and liquids. Additionally, ensure combustion air and vent terminations are free from trash, vegetation or other debris capable of blocking flow. Monthly inspections should include combustion air, vent and condensate drain piping for deterioration, leaks or sagging. Inspect the condensate drain trap inside the boiler, system piping for leaks, and all air vents for leakage. If you do notice a problem, it is vital to contact a licensed professional immediately to further assess the situation. It is also recommended to contact a qualified agency to perform maintenance and cleaning annually at the beginning of each heating season to ensure proper operation and peak efficiency.
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