Are you wondering whether to retrofit or replace your boiler? If so, there are several factors to take into consideration including the age, energy efficiency and condition of your existing system, as well as your budget. Here’s an overview of each option.
A boiler retrofit involves replacing parts or upgrading equipment to increase the energy efficiency and safety of your existing system. Consequently, if your boiler is old but still in relatively good condition because it’s been well-maintained, a retrofit is likely the most cost-effective option.
Here are a few examples of upgrades that can be made to your boiler to increase its performance:
1. Install a modulating aquastat. If you have a hot water boiler, this device automatically regulates the temperature of the water inside based on the outdoor temperature, saving you money on fuel costs.
2. Add a time-delay relay. This device tells your boiler to circulate the residual hot water in the system for a set period of time before turning on the burner to save on energy costs.
3. Update the ignition. Old boilers have a continuously burning pilot light that ignites the burners. You can increase your boiler’s efficiency by upgrading to an intermittent ignition device that only turns on when needed.
In many cases, these changes will pay for themselves over a short period of time.
If your boiler is old, inefficient, oversized and/or leaking, a replacement may be the most practical option. When shopping for a new boiler, keep an eye out for the Energy Star label. This certification is only given to the most efficient and well-performing boilers. Although pricey, Energy Star-rated boilers are more environmentally friendly and can save you thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance costs over the lifespan of the system.
If your boiler isn’t performing as well as it used to, the expert Calgary HVAC technicians at Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning can help. They’ll visit your home or business and inspect your system to determine if a simple retrofit or entire replacement is necessary.
Boiler retrofits and replacements in Calgary
Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning offers boiler repair, installation and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers throughout the Calgary area. Our expert technicians have the knowledge and equipment to tackle any problem. We also offer a financing plan to ensure you can get the HVAC equipment you need, regardless of your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate.