Getting boiler maintenance or furnace maintenance done on a regular basis goes a long way toward extending the life of your oilheating system. If you think it’s time for a new furnace or new boiler installation, please contact your oilheating company about your options. You may be surprised at all the advances made in oilheat equipment since you last replaced your heating system.
Today’s oil boilers and furnaces offer homeowners a great opportunity to increase their comfort while decreasing their energy usage. New systems now heat your home using significantly less energy compared to older generation equipment. Energy-efficient equipment can be installed with controls to use only as much fuel as needed to heat your home or a specific part of your home.
While most people generally call their oilheating system a furnace, that’s a totally different system from a boiler. Both types of systems will keep you warm, but there are some tips you should know. But first you have to understand which type of heating system you have in your home.
A furnace refers to the heating unit in a warm-air, or forced-air, system. After air is heated in the furnace, a blower forces it through ducts. The warm air is then released through vents or registers in your home.
If you have a hot water (hydronic) system, water circulates around your boiler’s combustion chamber. A circulator pumps the hot water through pipes to heat baseboards or radiators. Eventually, the water returns to the unit to begin the cycle again. If you have a steam system, the boiler turns the water into steam, which then rises through pipes to radiators.
If you want to take advantage of today’s energy-efficient oilheating systems, your local oilheating company can work with you to design a new heating system that fits your South Carolina home and your budget. Contact your local oilheating company to get an estimate on the cost to replace your boiler or furnace.