Chicagoland Boiler Installation & Repair
Maintaining & Improving You Energy Efficiency
Accounting for approximately 25-30% of the total energy costs of an average Chicagoland commercial building, boilers can tend to sit on the less efficient side of the equation and could be steadily losing you money. High-efficiency boilers on the other hand, have consistently reduced heating costs by 10%, and in many cases that percentage grew to as much as a twenty or even 30% reduction in costs. At Advantage plumbing we know that as with most machinery, the best recommendation is to have regularly performed inspections or preventive maintenance so as to keep your boiler and heating system working at peak efficiency, while retaining lower energy costs. If your boiler has started giving you trouble, or if you can’t remember the last time it was serviced, make sure to give us a call or schedule an appointment for a routine inspection. At Advantage Plumbing, our boiler repairs team is fully equipped to professionally handle your problem in a quick and efficient manner no matter where in the Chicago metro area you might be located. Not only do we enjoy our work, but we look forward to the opportunity to provide an exception customer experience and assist in the installation or repair of your boiler.
Energy Efficient Boiler Installation
When you take a look at the numbers, installing a new energy efficient boiler that reduces gas consumption by 20% results in annual savings of approximately 5-10 cents per square foot. Available in two efficiency ranging from around 80% for standard conventional boilers, and energy efficient condensing units that land over 90%, combine that with the efficiency level of your current boiler which tends to drop over time as with many systems and devices. The older your system or the less maintenance you’ve had performed translates into a greater efficiency difference yielded by a new system. A boiler’s ability to withstand condensing flue gases is the deciding factor on how each unit stacks up between these to two efficiency ranges. The condensing of flue gases as occurs in high-efficiency boilers, requires special design considerations so the system will be able to tolerate the corrosive effects of the condensate.
Boiler efficiency has long been measured by the amount by which the heating value of the fuel is being converted into actually useful heat. Condensing boilers are more efficient due to their ability to absorb a greater amount of heat from combustion gases such as propane, natural gas, or fuel oil. Burning such fuels produces water vapor that then condenses, allowing the system to provide a considerable increase in it’s own heat efficiency.
Alternatively, most conventional boilers are non-condensing and utilize materials that are incapable of properly tolerating the corrosive properties that are a side effect of condensing flue or stack gases. Conventional boilers operate at around 80% efficiency, compared to over 90% efficiency achieved by more efficient boilers that utilize the condensing method. There are of course, other factors that can also influence boiler efficiency, including boiler shell losses, piping losses, and cycling losses.
About Fire Tube & Water Tube Boilers
All boilers utilize water in some manner to absorb the heat that the unit creates by burning a mixture of fuel and oxygen. With “Fire Tube”, and “Water Tube” boilers being the two primary types in use, both are capable of producing either steam, or hot water to heat your home. Fire tube boilers are typically made up of a series of straight tubes housed within an outer shell that is filled with water. As the heated gas circulates through the tubes, it in turn heats the surrounding water.
Water tube boilers on the other hand, are designed to circulate hot combustion gases throughout the exterior of a large number of water-filled tubes in basically a system that conversely mirrors the fire tube method. Modern day boilers feature tubes that utilize a complex arrangement of bends and fins in an effort to maximize the heat transfer area. Due to the greater than average amount of pressure from the water or steam confined within the tubes, water tube boilers can be produced more easily and in larger capacities than their fire tube counterparts. Water tube boilers are generally preferred when higher-pressure steam applications are needed or desired.
Boiler Repair Experts
HVAC experts in the Chicagoland area, Advantage Plumbing, Heating & AC has been able to provide homes and offices with effective and reliable heating solutions and services. Ranging from brand new boiler installation or repairs, to routine maintenance and regular servicing to extend both the life span and the efficiency of your system. Renowned for the exceptional customer experience that we provide with each and every phone call, our goal is to provide a fantastic experience for each and every client, every time we pickup the phone.
We utilize only in-house employees, we believe that if you are going to invest in our expertise, then we should be the ones to invest back into you and your system. Made up of highly-trained, full-time technicians, our staff strives to ensure your comfort. Making sure that our trucks are fully stocked with the necessary equipment and repair parts is just one way we demonstrate our commitment to getting your heating system in perfect working order on our first visit.
Members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), each one of our technicians are also certified with the North American Technician Excellence (NATE); the widely recognized standard when it comes to service excellence in the HVAC industry.