The U.S. Boiler Company manufactures some of the best residential boilers in the industry that can provide you with a more comfortable home and have a big impact on your energy bills. Replacing an old boiler with a new high-efficiency condensing boiler, for example, could immediately save you about 30% on your heating bills.
U.S. Boiler offers a broad selection of ENERGY STAR®-certified gas-fired residential boilers, high efficiency oil-fired boilers, condensing boilers, three-pass oil-fired steam boilers, hot water heaters, and radiators. 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 high-efficiency 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.
For excellent efficiency, quality and economy, the gas-fired Burnham ES2™ has designed as an optimal replacement boiler for millions of homes with existing chimneys, the ES2™ achieves an 85% AFUE. With one of the most advanced cast iron heat exchangers in the industry, it features an optional energy saving control package that can achieve up to a 15-20% reduction in fuel consumption.
In the category of oil boilers, the Burnham MPO-IQ™ is ENERGY STAR® certified at 87% AFUE, the highest efficiency in its class. This 3-pass high efficiency cast iron oil-fired water boiler is capable of saving homeowners up to 49% in energy costs.
If you’re not sure how much you could save by upgrading your home heating system, a professional heating contractor can help you decide what equipment would be best suited to your needs.
Hiring a Heating Contractor
Your heating and cooling system is one of the most complex systems that can be found in your home. It’s essential that the contractor you hire is well-trained to deal with the inherent safety issues in heating systems. Here are some tips for finding the best heating contractor.
- Licensing. Many states require contractors to be licensed and some offer license look-up websites where you can check the status of a contractor’s license. The contractor may also be required to hold a separate plumber’s license or have a licensed plumber on call to repair or install plumbing to supply oil or natural gas to the equipment. Be sure you know what is required in your area, and ask what type of licensing the contractor holds.
- Insurance. Many states require heating contractors to hold a minimum level of insurance and bonding. Any professional that works in your home should also have liability insurance that will protect you in the case of accidental damage or injury. Again, be sure you know what is required, and ask about the contractor’s insurance.
- References. Ask friends, family and neighbors for contractor referrals. The contractor should also have a list of customer references that you can contact to find out if their work was completed in a timely manner, within budget, and to the customer’s satisfaction. Call the references.
- ENERGY STAR® 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. Ask prospective contractors to show you calculations of savings for ENERGY STAR® heating equipment.
- Brands. Most heating contractors carry only a small selection of manufacturers or equipment brands. If you have done your research and have specific new heating equipment in mind, be sure the contractor specializes in your equipment brand of choice. If your heating system features cutting-edge energy-efficiency design, make sure the contractor you choose has the relevant experience.
It will be worth the time to research and interview several contractors and compare at least three bids before hiring someone. The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and assessing the size of your home, level of insulation, leaks, etc., to help them better understand your home heating needs.
U.S. Boiler Company, the leading brand in hydronic heating, offers the best American-made residential boilers available anywhere. Browse our site for more information on each one of our products.