If you need to have a boiler installed in your home, you may be looking for energy-efficient solutions like biomass fuels. Today, there are residential boilers that use biomass fuels instead of conventional fossil fuels or electricity. There are also a lot of different options for the installation of biomass boilers. The following residential boiler installation information will help you choose the right biomass solutions for your home:
Uses for Biomass Boilers
You may be surprised by the many different ways biomass boilers can be used. They can give you options for energy solutions for the heating and hot water needs of your home. Some of the different uses for biomass boilers include:
- Hot water for plumbing
- Radiant heating (radiators and in-floor systems)
- Hydro-air heating (forced air systems that use boilers)
The biomass boiler you have installed can be used for hot water and various types of heating system designs. You may want to use existing ductwork or radiators with the new boiler you have installed. If you are going to use the ducts, the system will need to have a heat exchanger for a hydro-air heating system design.
Types of Biomass Boilers
Different types of biomass boilers can be installed in your home. Some options to consider when choosing the right type of boiler for your home include:
- Biomass boilers designed for use with pellet fuels
- Biomass boilers that use waste materials from agriculture (wood chips or ground nutshells)
- Biomass boilers that use firewood
The outdoor boiler options are ideal if you live on a rural property and have access to firewood. In suburban areas, options like pellet fuels are a better choice.
Biomass Fuels for Residential Boilers
Residential boilers can also use different types of fuels. Some of the fuel materials that can be used with biomass boilers include:
- Firewood from forestry services
- Pellet fuels from forestry and agricultural waste
- Dried agricultural waste materials (pits from fruits, nutshells, and other waste products)
The types of fuel you use for your boiler will depend on availability and the type of system you have installed.
Controls for Biomass Boiler Installations
Another feature that you want to choose for the biomass boiler you have installed is the controls. There are various options for the controls that can be installed with your new boiler, including:
- Digital controls for the boiler
- Programmable heating controls
- Individual controls for radiators (for systems with radiant heating)
Good digital controls will help you adjust your biomass boiler to reduce energy consumption and maintenance needs.
The installation of a biomass boiler will give you a versatile and affordable solution for your winter energy needs. If you are considering biomass for your home, contact a residential boiler installation service to discuss these options.