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Benefits of Choosing a Boiler to Heat Your Home

Monday, November 6th, 2017

women sitting on couch looking warmWhether you’re having a new home built or need to replace a dying heater, making a decision about what type of heating system to equip your living space with can be overwhelming. The most common way to heat a Chicagoland home is with a furnace, which requires a network of air ducts to carry heated air into the various rooms. Heat pumps are another popular form of forced-air heaters that rely on a ventilation system, and they can also be installed as a ductless system.

A Chicago, IL boiler installation can benefit you in many ways. Boilers operate differently from forced-air heating. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems may utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.

Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard choice, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good choice.

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Why Should You Consider a Boiler for Your Home?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Are you looking for a new heating system to have installed before the winter temperatures hit? If you are in the market for a heater, now is definitely the time to look, and while you look it is important to keep the benefits of various systems in mind. Take boilers for example: what advantages do they have over other heating systems?

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The Importance of Sizing in Boiler Installation

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Although the technology of home heating has advanced a great deal from the early days of coal-burning furnaces, a few things have never changed. For example, a boiler is still an excellent method to keep your home warm during even the harshest winter. In fact, boilers have never offered more advantages than they do today, since they help prevent a decline in indoor air quality because they use the clean power of radiant heating and do not require ductwork. A gas-powered boiler installation is an excellent investment in your family’s comfort through the winter, and any other chilly time of the year.

Boilers have a number of special considerations when it comes to installation, so you must leave the work to trained professionals. Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning has kept Chicagoland toasty warm since 1904, so we’ve done more professional boiler installation jobs than almost any other company you might hire. Put your trust in that kind of generational experience when you need boiler installation in Lincolnwood, IL and other parts of Chicagoland.

Sizing a Boiler

One of the reasons that professional boiler installation is essential is sizing. A boiler needs to be the right size to provide the amount of heat to your home necessary for your comfort. Boilers come in many sizes, from units that heat up a one-bedroom home to units designed to warm an entire building. Determining what size boiler will work for your home is more than a question of the how much space the boiler must heat. Professionals need to weigh a number of factors to measure how well your home traps heat and how much heat the people and appliances inside generate. The installers determine all this through a complex heat load calculation that combines all the relevant factors. After completing a heat load calculation, the professionals will know how powerful a boiler your home needs.

You might think that it’s safer to simply err on the side of a boiler that more powerful than necessary. It’s easy to understand why a boiler that’s too small is a problem—you won’t receive sufficient heat—but what’s wrong with one that’s too large? The truth is that an oversized boiler will be incredibly inefficient and waste large amounts of money to operate, all to deliver you a level of heating that’s uncomfortable. You do not want to guess when it comes to boiler sizing: there’s a right size for your home, delivering comfort and energy-savings, and it requires heating professionals to find it.

Sizing boilers has long been part of our job at Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us today if you are ready for a boiler installation in Lincolnwood, IL this fall to prepare for winter. We will see you receive the best heating system possible.

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Is a Boiler a Wise Choice for Installation in a New Home?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

There are a lot of choices out there for home heating systems – so many that it can be confusing to determine which kind of system is best for your home. Working with a trained professional can go a long way toward helping you determine what system is right for you; additionally, understanding the basics of different systems is also helpful. Today we’re going to review boiler systems, and we’ll outline some of the benefits these systems can provide. If you have questions about the installation of a boiler in Park Ridge, IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment with one of our trained experts.

How Does a Boiler Work?

Boilers are part of a hydronic heating system – a system that uses hot water (or the steam from hot water) to heat your home. The water is heated by a flame that is commonly fueled by either gas or oil (fuel can also be a solid fuel, like wood or wood pellets) via a heat exchanger. Once the water heats to the right temperature, it is pumped through a system of pipes that connect to the distribution outlets, which can be radiators, baseboard heaters or hydronic floor heating. When the water cools, it circulates back to the boiler for the next heating cycle.

What Are the Benefits of a Boiler?

Boilers offer a number of benefits which make them worth considering:

  • Good energy efficiency – today’s boilers have become quite energy efficient – as high as 90% – making them an option for many homeowners.
  • Even heating – the heat that emanates from a distribution outlet in a hydronic system is gradual: as such, the heat can feel more comfortable than forced hot air.
  • No dust circulation – because a boiler system is a closed system, you don’t have to worry about circulating dust. This can be especially helpful for families with allergy sufferers.
  • Quiet operation – the only noise a boiler makes is when it is heating up the water; otherwise, the distribution and heating are silent.
  • Easy to zone – if you want to establish different heating zones in your household, this can be easily achieved with the piping system of a boiler.

Boilers have been around for a long time, which can sometimes give the impression that they may not be as good or advanced as other heating systems; this simply isn’t true. Boilers have benefited from advances in technology just as other heating systems, so if you are contemplating the installation of a new boiler for your home in Park Ridge IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment!

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Why Boilers Are Still Popular for Home Heating

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The word “boiler” can give an image of an outdated, large heating appliance, but the truth is, boilers are very energy efficient and provide comfortable radiant heating. Boilers can operate with different fuel types, and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate properties from average size to large. So why consider the installation of a boiler in Park Ridge, IL? We’ll get into more details below, but no matter what your heating needs may be, including repair, replacement or maintenance, call the professionals you can count on: Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

What Is a Boiler?

A boiler is part of a hydronic heating system in which water is heated to a temperature of 180 degrees and then circulated through a system of pipes where the heat from the water is released through radiators, baseboard or radiant tubing.

What Are the Different Types of Boilers?

There are 4 main types of boilers for your home:

  • Gas boiler – the most common type of boiler, a gas boiler uses natural gas to heat the water in the system. There are 3 kinds of gas boilers available: conventional, combination (also known as combi) and condensing. Gas boilers are very energy efficient and durable.
  • Electric boiler – electric boilers use electricity to heat the water in the system. These types of boilers are very energy efficient, using a small amount of electricity to work. They also tend to be smaller in size and do not emit any kind of carbon dioxide as gas boilers can.
  • Oil boiler – like the other two boilers, oil boilers are very energy efficient and durable. However, oil prices can vary greatly, which can make the operation of them more expensive.

Benefits of Boilers

No matter what type of boiler you choose, there are benefits to be gained:

  • Even heating – the heat from boilers is distributed through outlets that radiate heat rather than blow heated air; this makes the heating even and gradual, which can be more comfortable.
  • Quiet operation – the only noise a boiler makes is when it is heating the water; otherwise, the system is very quiet.
  • Piping system allows for easy zoning – the piping system of a boiler can make it easier to designate different heating zones inside your home.
  • No blowing dust – a boiler system doesn’t use air to deliver the heat, which helps to greatly reduce the circulation of dust particles in your home.

Boilers are very energy efficient and provide comfortable heating for your home. If you are interested boiler installation service in Park Ridge, IL, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today and speak with one of our installation experts.

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