Many old boilers and furnaces have AFUE ratings lower than 60%, so finding the best high efficiency boiler to heat your home could lead to a considerable drop in your monthly energy bills.
Because many high-efficiency boilers are more than 90% efficient, replacing an old boiler with a new high-efficiency model could immediately save you about 30% on your heating bills.
U.S. Boiler Company manufactures some of the most efficient residential boilers in the industry. In fact, we have introduced more new, high efficiency products over the last few years than any other company in the history of hydronic heating.
The highest energy efficiency ratings belong to our residential gas-fired condensing boilers. The Burnham Alpine™ gas-fired condensing boiler and the new K2™ condensing gas boiler are both ENERGY STAR®-certified. The Alpine™ has a 95% AFUE rating and K2™ has a 94% AFUE rating.
Another great option when you’re looking for quality, efficiency and economy is the cast iron, gas-fired Burnham ES2™. It is the optimal replacement boiler for millions of homes with existing chimneys. Achieving an 85% AFUE, the ES2™ has one of the most advanced cast iron heat exchangers in the industry, and an optional energy saving control package that can help you save up to 15-20% on fuel consumption.
If you’re looking for a high efficiency cast iron oil-fired boiler, the Burnham MPO-IQ™ has the highest efficiency in its class. Not only is this boiler ENERGY STAR® certified at 87% AFUE, but it is capable of saving homeowners up to 49% in energy costs.
How can you find out which boiler will be best for your home? Your professional heating contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs that will help you compare energy usage. But there are some things you can research on your own that will help you make a decision.
- Efficiency Ratings – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) award an ENERGY STAR® label to boilers that meet their strict energy efficiency guidelines. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label and ask prospective contractors to show you a comparison of savings.
- Fuel – Heating oil is popular because natural gas is not available everywhere, but your fuel choice will depend on what is available where you live. Because of the variation in fuel rates by geographic location and/or season, it’s important to know what you are paying before you try to compare your options. Look at your current utility bills or call your current or prospective fuel provider for this information.
- Size – Size matters. Choosing a boiler that is too large for your home will make it less efficient and increase your operating costs. It doesn’t make sense to pay more for a bigger boiler than you need. Your heating contractor can analyze your requirements to determine the size of boiler you need.
- Heat Distribution–The standard forced-air system which moves heated air through ductwork in your home is the most familiar heating system, but other systems also work well. Hydronic systems circulate hot water through radiators, baseboards, and even the floor, to provide comfortable radiant heat. They are quiet, durable, and help you save on your utility bills by heating zones within your home to avoid wasting heat on rooms that no one occupies.
For help finding the best high efficiency boiler for your home, browse our website for extensive information about our products and get in touch with a professional heating contractor who can conduct a home energy audit and help you evaluate your options.