Are you looking to stay warm in Pennsylvania? If you’re not a cold weather person, the boiler is your best friend. Like standing by a campfire, radiant heat helps you warm up quickly.
This form of heating feels warmer than a forced air system like a furnace or heat pump. That’s because forced air units use blowers to produce ventilation, which some homeowners find too breezy. Also, forced air units heat in cycles, which means the temperature fluctuates a few degrees from your thermostat setting between these cycles.
The Advantages of a Boiler System
Boilers have significantly improved within the past decade—especially in the efficiency department. If you’ve owned your boiler for 10 years or longer, upgrading to a new one will help reduce your energy usage.
For example, let’s say your boiler is 56 percent AFUE (a typical efficiency rating for boilers manufactured 10 years ago). Upgrading to a 90 percent AFUE unit could reduce your carbon emissions by about 1.5 tons per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
How Does a Boiler Operate?
Hot steam rises from the spout when you boil water in a tea kettle on the stovetop. A boiler works the same way, but on a larger scale. Boilers can run on gas, oil, or electricity. Here’s what the process looks like:
- A heating element boils water in a tank.
- This produces steam, which flows through piping in your home.
- The piping connects to heating modules (baseboard heaters, radiators, or radiant floor heating.)
- The heating modules produce radiant heat, warming your home.
Boiler Installation and Replacement
Need a new boiler system installed? We’re here to get it done. Whether you need a unit replacement or all new piping, our team of HVAC experts is ready to assist.
When should I replace my boiler?
Boilers typically have a lifespan of about 20 years. Along with age, here are a few signs that it may be time to shop for a replacement:
- Frequent repairs
- High utility bills
- Strange odors
What is the process for installation?
The team at Valley Heating & Air Conditioning strives to make the installation process as helpful to homeowners as possible.
We begin with a free in-home consultation. We’ll take measurements and run tests so we can find a boiler that is perfectly tailored to your home comfort needs.
Once you’ve decided on a boiler model, we’ll provide you with an upfront estimate and installation timeline. With your approval, we’ll get to work.
A unit replacement will typically take one day to complete. However, services such as repiping may take longer, depending on the scale. That’s because they may require us to open up walls, floors, or ceilings to access your pipe system.
Need some flexibility? Check out financing plans, with payments designed for your budget and schedule.
On a cold Pennsylvania winter’s night, you can rest easy—Valley Heating & Air Conditioning has you covered.
We offer 24/7 emergency repair services for our customers in Canonsburg and nearby communities.
Give us a call anytime your boiler is misbehaving. Here are a few common repair calls:
- Weak water pressure
- Leaky tank
- No heat
Our HVAC specialists arrive promptly. We’ll diagnose the issue quickly and provide a repair quote before service. Additionally, we back up all our repairs with a warranty—it’s only fair for our valued customers.
An annual maintenance visit from a professional is crucial for your boiler’s health. It ensures your boiler will live up to its projected lifespan. Additionally, it means fewer repairs and lower utility costs.
Here’s what your HVAC expert will do during a visit:
- Remove water sediment from the tank
- Look for signs of corrosion
- Replace the anode rod
- Check the heating element to make sure it’s working safely
Our Big On Service Plan makes maintenance simple and trouble-free. Our office will give you a friendly reminder call when it’s time for service. You’ll also enjoy plenty of perks, including discounts and priority service.