Boiler-based heating systems were ubiquitous in Northeast Ohio during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Because so many Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, and Greater Cleveland homes were constructed during this era, chances are good that your own home depends on a boiler and radiators for heat in the winter. Boiler systems heat and pump water throughout the building via a series of pipes and radiators, baseboard convectors, or other devices; cooled water then returns to the boiler and is reheated, repeating the cycle and ultimately providing heat. While most residential boilers run on natural gas, they can also be powered by heating oil, propane, or electricity.
As with all HVAC equipment that is used frequently during Northeast Ohio’s long winters, time eventually takes its toll on a boiler. Boilers that are more than 15-20 years old, that require frequent repairs, or that are simply not energy efficient should be replaced as soon as possible. New innovations in home heating have led to a plethora of options in modern boilers. There are several factors to consider when selecting the boiler that works best for your Greater Cleveland home, including:
- Size: The capacity of a boiler is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), or the amount of energy required to heat one pound of water one degree. A licensed boiler technician will be able to measure the number of BTUs you will need, taking into account factors such as how cold your climate is and the state of your home’s insulation.
- Energy Efficiency Rating: You would be surprised to know how large and inefficient old boilers are! Modern boilers cost much less money to run every month. When considering whether or not to purchase a boiler, look at its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating.
- Venting Requirements: Different boilers will have different venting requirements based on their size, fuel source, and other considerations. For example, boilers can be vented out of walls, roofs, or chimneys.
With so many boiler makes and models on the market to choose from, deciding which unit is best for your home and lifestyle can be very confusing. A Cleveland heating professional can help you to select a boiler that has the perfect combination of high energy efficiency, correct size, and reasonable price. With Verne & Ellsworth Hann, you will find a boiler that will increase your home’s value while keeping your family warm for many winters to come!
For over 65 years, Verne & Ellsworth Hann has been the premiere boiler installation company in Greater Cleveland. In the early decades of the Hann family’s business, they were responsible for installing hundreds of boilers and radiators in Cleveland Height’s historic neighborhoods. Today under the ownership of brothers Chris and Bill Hann, the company continues this dedication to superior boiler service. Our licensed Cleveland heating technicians are happy to help you select a new boiler based on your unique needs; provide a written estimate of installation costs; drain and remove your old tank; and install a new, high-efficiency hot water boiler or steam boiler.
Verne & Ellsworth Hann is Northeast Ohio’s premiere heating company for both homes and businesses. Contact us today to experience our exceptional boiler installation service firsthand!