Energy Star Boilers & Home Boiler Systems

The boiler is the heart of your home heating system, and whether fueled by oil or gas you'll want it to be as streamlined and efficient as possible. Boiler technology is similar to computer technology in that very much has changed in a short period of time. This means, for the most part, that operating an older or less energy efficient model of boiler is going to cost you extra money - especially these days, when fossil fuels are at a premium and costs are higher than ever before.

Energy Star Boilers and Efficient Heating

Although a new boiler might be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you buy for your home, it may also be one of the best choices you make in terms of energy savings. Old and dirty units will not only run inefficiently and use more fuel to heat your home, but in some cases they can even be dangerous if not properly maintained. Most homeowners sign heating service contracts with their mechanical or fuel supply companies, providing for prompt service in the case of breakdowns or emergencies. In colder climates, this becomes even more important. By replacing worn, tired equipment with a more efficient Energy Star unit, savings come in the form of fuel AND service or repair costs.

Energy Saving Tips - Home Heating Boilers If you own a non-condensing boiler more than 15 years old, chances are it's running at only 50 to 60% efficiency!

On top of the cost-effectiveness and energy savings of running a new boiler, such units have much less of an impact upon the environment. Home heating equipment is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, and green-savvy consumers should be aware of this when deciding upon whether or not to purchase a new model. When considering boilers, the Department of Energy and EPA use a rating called AFUE, standing for annual fuel efficiency rating. Energy star rated models must run with an 85% or better AFUE to qualify for the program.

In a lot cases, your boiler came with your home. Either it's a newer model or an older one, but in any case it should be examined and serviced by a professional or home engineer in order for you to get a good idea of where you stand with it. When deciding to replace it, there are a number of factors to consider. Almost as important as how efficiently your boiler operates will be making sure you've got exactly the right amount of boiler for your particular home... and this is a lot more complicated than you might think.

There's no simple chart or system to determining the right number of BTU's (British Thermal Units) you'll need to heat your home, which means you'll need a qualified HVAC technician or building contractor. Square footage, home layout, ceiling height, vent placement, use of zones, ductwork configuration, blower or radiator output, and number of occupants are only some of the many factors that need to be considered when buying a boiler. Always make sure you consult a trained professional in home heating, and allow them to recommend the right unit for your home's specific needs.

Some of the newer energy saving boiler technologies that are looked for by Energy Star guidelines include electric ignition - eliminating the need for a constantly burning pilot light on gas burners. New sealed combustion techniques can be employed to improve safety by using outside air to provide necessary oxygen instead of inside air, also giving the added benefits of improved air quality in your basement or furnace room. Combustion efficiency has also been increased to extract even more heat from the same amount of fossil fuel, using less oil or gas and saving money on utility bills.

Even More Energy Saving on Heating Costs

Further energy can be saved through the implementation of improvements to your home's building envelope or existing ductwork. Attic or wall-mounted radiant barriers can be utilized to keep heat trapped within a home during winter months, resulting in less running time for heating equipment. In homes with forced hot air instead of water or radiator heating, duct-sealing techniques can recapture some or most of the estimated 20% heat loss caused by air moving through leaky or improperly fitted ductwork. New types of metal tape and mastic sealant blow away the old 'duct tape' standby, and these type of improvements can be made by even the most inexperienced homeowner. All that's required is a flashlight and the ability to work in tight spot, such as attics and crawlspaces where these fittings are located.

Energy Star List of Major Boiler and Furnace Manufacturers

Below you'll find a list of major manufacturers of boiler and furnace home heating products that have met the Energy Star guidelines for at least one or more of their units. Use it as a guideline when shopping for an energy efficient heating system, and as always, consult your HVAC technician for recommendations.

Ambassador
American Std.
Baxi
BIASI, SpA
Buderus
Burhnam Hydro.
Climate Energy
Columbia Boiler
Conematic
Crown Boiler
Dexter
Dunkirk
EFM
Energy Kinetics
Excel
Hamilton
Heat Transfer
Hydrotherm
LAARS Heating
Lochinvar
- 3 models
- 1 model
- 10 models
- 3 models
- 16 models
- 14 models
- 1 model
- 17 models
- 4 models
- 4 models
- 2 models
- 15 models
- 10 models
- 3 models
- 1 model
- 2 models
- 9 models
- 15 models
- 6 models
- 20 models
Newmac
New York Boiler
Noritz
Northshore Weld.
NTI
OMEGA Comfort
Peerless
Penco
Pensotti
Pure Pro
Quietside
Slant Fin Co.
Smith Boilers
Thermo-Dynamics
Trane
Triangle Tube
Ultimate
Utica Boilers
Viessmann
Weil-McLain
- 34 models
- 12 models
- 4 models
- 8 models
- 24 models
- 3 models
- 33 models
- 6 models
- 11 models
- 5 models
- 2 models
- 24 models
- 11 models
- 17 models
- 1 model
- 8 models
- 2 models
- 15 models
- 6 models
- 24 models

Rebates and Tax Credits Locator for Boilers by Energy Star

Energy Star Boiler Rebates & Tax Savings by Zip Code

Promoting energy efficiency and a green building environment, the United States government has several rebate programs available to homeowners willing to convert their old boilers. For a list of local state and Federal refund incentive programs, check the above link on Energy Star's website to find out what's available in your area.


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