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Conventional Boilers

Conventional boilers (also known as heat only boilers, traditional boilers, or regular boilers) are primarily used to heat radiant piping or radiators to keep your home warm. They can and are often additionally used in collaboration with an indirect water heater to distribute hot water to your taps plus maintain heated water in a reserve tank. These boiler systems are made up of the following components:

  • Boiler
  • Heating controls
  • Indirect water heater
  • Coldwater storage cistern
  • Feed and expansion cistern

This type of boiler heating system is ideal for larger new homes that have many bathrooms and/or a large, simultaneous demand for hot water; homes with radiator heat; and for older homes that need a previous conventional boiler replaced (minimizing the need for expensive new pipework). A conventional boiler is run on gas or oil and works by using that fuel to warm up water, which is then pumped into the system’s indirect water heater where it’s stored and kept warm until needed when you turn on a tap in your bathroom or kitchen. In the case of radiators, conventional boilers are the best boiler for radiant floor heat. The hot water produced by your boiler is distributed through your radiator system to warm up the rooms in your home by igniting its fuel, usually gas or oil. The heat exchanger warms up the water. A pump transports the water to the hot water storage tank for use throughout the day. When you set your thermostat, the hot water moves through your radiators, emitting its heat energy to warm up the room. 

When planning for your boiler installation and choosing a cylinder size, it’s important that you consider in the amount of hot water your household will likely need throughout the day, because your cylinder’s capacity is equal to the amount of hot water you can access at a time. When it runs out, you’ll have to wait for it to refill and heat again. Also, as these systems require space for both the main boiler unit as well as a hot water storage cylinder (typically installed in your home’s attic), this boiler setup may not be suitable for smaller homes.

With energy efficiency in mind, traditional boilers can be made compatible with solar thermal panels. You can also choose a conventional boiler with a programmable thermostat that only maintains hot water in your cylinder during the times of day that you need it, thereby not unnecessarily wasting energy.

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Tankless Condensing Boilers

Quiet, energy-efficient, and space-saving, tankless condensing boilers offer tremendous efficiency over more traditional models. Depending on conditions, condensing boilers make use of their heating system at an 84-98% level, whereas newer traditional boilers max out at 82%, and older units can be as low as 65%. They achieve this by condensing the water vapor that is a byproduct of heating, and thereby capturing that water’s latent heat which otherwise would have been wasted. Their tankless design (also called continuous flow, flash, instantaneous, inline, instant-on, or on-demand) provides instant hot water heating without the need for a storage tank as the water is heated when it passes through the unit. While the upfront purchase and boiler installation of a tankless condensing boiler are higher than more traditional models, their energy efficiency returns your investment over time. Early models of condensing boilers had reliability problems, but today’s models are superior in the market. The opportunity to have a continuous non-depleting source of hot water makes this one of our customers’ most sought-after boiler heating systems.  Further, with this type of tankless boiler, there’s no risk of damaging your home from a tank rupture. Your home insurance provider will thank you!

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Radiant Heating Systems

With a radiant heat boiler system installed beneath your floors, you can bring perfectly distributed, comforting heat to the flooring throughout your home. And when the floors in your home are warmed, your cozy furniture such as couches and reading chairs become warmer too. Unlike traditional radiator heating units, a radiant floor heat boiler eliminates uneven temperatures by providing a consistent, comfortable level of warmth throughout each room. We can install for you a radiant boiler heating system through four different methods:

  • In-slab
  • Joist
  • Overpour
  • Wood panel track

As the best boiler contractor in VA, our team will advise you on the best choice for your home and budget based on the space available and layout of your home.

The heat starts from heated water from your water heater or boiler then is distributed through your system. The water then flows back into the heater where it is reheated for renewed use. Once your rooms have reached your desired temperature as indicated through your thermostat, the boiler shuts off, thus conserving energy. Radiant heat is silent and there are no visible components in your living spaces.

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