Our homeowners in Ocean View, NJ, were thinking ahead. Even though their water heater and boiler were still working, they knew it was only a matter of time before they broke down. At the same time, they also wanted to make their home more energy-efficient.
They called us here at Broadley’s to discuss options. Would they have to reconfigure their entire HVAC setup to spend less money on their energy bills? Would they need to compromise their comfort to use less gas?
With a new Combi heater and tankless water heater, the answer to both questions was: No!
Not only would they use less energy than before. They wouldn’t need to switch to a new energy source or HVAC setup. And, they’d be more comfortable — not less! — while spending less money each month.
And, as a bonus, they’d have more room in the house.
In this case study, we’ll review:
- Why Old Boilers Are Always Less Efficient Than New Ones
- What Is A Combi Boiler And Water Heater
- Tankless Water Heaters Vs. Conventional Water Heaters
- Combi Boiler And Water Heater Installation In Ocean View, NJ
And, as you read about this Ocean City, NJ homeowner, keep in mind that you can call or email Broadley’s with any questions about your HVAC system in South Jersey and your upgrade options.
Problem: Our homeowner in Ocean View, NJ, wanted to make their home heating more energy-efficient. They had an older boiler and separate water heater with an 80-gallon tank.
Solution: Installed a Combi heater and tankless water heater. This single unit uses much less energy to keep their home and water warm. And, it takes up a fraction of the space as their two old conventional HVAC models.
Why Old Boilers Are Always Less Efficient Than New Ones
You don’t even need to upgrade your model when buying a new boiler to get better energy efficiency. Any unit that’s even a few years old never works as well as it did when you first bought it. As a result, you’re always getting less energy efficiency than before.
Today, most boilers last about 15 years. If you have your unit maintained once a year, it can last well past that expected shelf life. We’ve seen some make it up to three decades.
But, no matter how well you care for your HVAC equipment, you’ll get diminishing returns each year.
That’s not to say you should run out every three or five years and spend thousands of dollars on a new system. The difference isn’t enough year-to-year to warrant that sort of investment.
But, it’s worth noting that, each year, your boiler uses a little more energy to do the same job it’s always done. And the same goes for your water heater. Those usually last up to 12 years.
So, even if you bought the same exact boiler and heater a decade later, you’ll still use less energy than you’ve needed recently. And, as technology improves, you’ll always find a model that’s even better than your old one when it was new.
That’s how our Ocean View, NJ came to choose their new Combi. It’s way more energy-efficient than their old setup ever was.
What Is A Combi Boiler And Water Heater?
A Combi boiler and water heater is one small unit that handles heating your home while also acting as your water heater. The model creates heat for the air in your home, just like a conventional boiler. But, it also uses that heat to warm up your water on demand instead of storing it.
Combi Energy Efficiency
The big draw for our homeowners was energy efficiency. Their new Combi used much less natural gas than their old setup. And, it qualifies for rebates through NJ Clean Energy.
That seems like a lot, but in previous decades, the ratings were even lower.
By contrast, the Combi has a 95-percent AFUE rating. So, the less energy it wastes, the more our homeowner pays for. And, when it comes to water heating, it does an even better job. We’ll get to that in a moment.
For now: this new unit qualified for $1,300 in rebates from NJ Clean Energy. We filled out all the paperwork once we finished installing the unit. Then, our homeowner received a check, direct to their home, for that amount.
Tankless Water Heaters Vs. Conventional Water Heaters
A tankless water heater heats the water only when you need it. That’s as opposed to storing dozens of gallons at a time and keeping it warm constantly. With tankless, the system instantly heats the water when you turn on a tap or faucet, and the water passes through pipes.
This is a considerable difference from conventional units. With no need for a tank, these take up very little space. And, since they’re not always working to keep the water warm, they use much less energy.
Both of these advantages are even more pronounced with a Combi.
Our homeowner’s new HVAC setup uses the same heating system for the water as it does the air. When they turn on a tap, it transfers the heat it’s already creating to get the water up to the right temperature.
And, with one unit doing double duty, there’s a lot more room in this Ocean View, NJ home. Instead of two units, there’s just one small appliance mounted on a wall — it doesn’t even take up floor space!
Combi Boiler And Water Heater Installation In Ocean View, NJ
Whether you’re looking to create more space in your Ocean View, NJ home, or you want to reduce your energy use — or both! — call or email Broadley’s today. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll help you decide if a Combi boiler and water installation is the right fit for your home and your family.