Boiler (Water based) heat is a somewhat common source in our region.
There are four separate fuel sources commonly used for residential space heating, fuel oil, natural gas or propane gas and electric.
There are also several styles of heat emitters to deliver the heated water. There is the most popular baseboard style followed by radiator style, in-floor radiant, convector style, fan coil style, & wall bracket styles.
Natural gas is the most efficient/ cost effective source with about 95,000 BTU's of heating per gallon. Fuel oil is the second most effective operating cost method but does not burn as efficiently as natural gas or propane but will get about 130,000 BTU's per gallon. Propane burns as efficient and effective as natural gas with similar BTU ratings but costs more per gallon. The final and least desirable as well as least used method is electric. Heating water to boiler temperatures with electric is not very common in household space heating due to the excessive operating costs.
The lower the boiler temperature regardless of the fuel source will provide operating savings to a home/business owner.
One quick and easy way to lower the boiler temperature for savings without sacrificing comfort is with what is called an outdoor temperature reset. This control is mounted by the boiler and wired into the system to lower the boiler temperature during moderate temperatures but allow for full temperature at design conditions.
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