Oil Heating SystemsModern oil heating offers higher efficiency than years past.
Replacing your old oil boiler with a new one can increase the efficiency of your system from 78 percent or less to 86 percent or more. Higher efficiency boilers feature:
- Electronic ignition, which eliminates the need to have the pilot light burning all the time
- New combustion technologies that extract more heat from the same amount of fuel
- Sealed combustion that uses outside air to fuel the burner, reducing drafts and improving safety
Adding an indirect water heater to a more efficient boiler can also lead to one of the least expensive methods of water heating.
Outdoor Reset Controls
Properly installed outdoor boiler reset controls help your condensing boiler anticipate demand, which prevents the unnecessary combustion of fuel. It signals the boiler water to run slightly cooler in mild temperatures and slightly hotter during the coldest parts of the winter. This allows for maximum boiler efficiency and indoor comfort.
A boiler distribution system is designed to keep a home warm on the coldest days of the year. Since a boiler seldom operates in design conditions, turning down the boiler water temperature can:
- Improve boiler efficiency by reducing heat temperature needed
- Improve indoor comfort with more consistent less intense heat coming off radiators
- Reduce standby losses from pipes
Not only do modern furnaces save energy, they pollute less and boost comfort by producing heat more steadily than older furnaces, and choosing an energy efficient option can make a big difference. While the lowest efficiency allowed by current federal standards is 78 percent, high-efficiency oil furnaces can hit efficiencies of 86 percent or more.
Save Even More With an Efficient Furnace Fan
Often referred to as a brushless DC electric motor or a permanent magnet motor, an electronically commutated motor (ECM) uses a built-in inverter and a magnet rotor to achieve greater efficiency than AC motors. Used in furnace fans or boiler pumps, ECMs can more than double the efficiency of non-ECM fans or pumps. Most efficient furnaces today have these fans built in.
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