Boiler Heating Questions

Boilers are one of the most traditional tools to get heat inside a building and keep it there. Despite their venerability, many customers have questions about these systems, and whether or not they'd be a good fit for a new home. If you're in that boat, stick around for answers to some common boiler-related questions.

What is a boiler?

A boiler is a machine that uses a heated fluid, sometimes water, to generate energy. The types you're likely the most familiar with are the classic steam engines on a locomotive or ship. Thanks to modern technology, boilers built in this day and age are much more sophisticated than their precursors, but still rely on the same fundamental operating principles.

Could I use one to efficiently heat my home?

Absolutely, there are lots of great high-tech units that could work well in a modern home. The latest generation of boiler heating units come with all the amenities you'd expect from a modern heating system and are as energy efficient as many top-of-the-line gas furnace units. If you're interested in the technology, you can certainly find a boiler unit that will meet your needs.

What are the major leading brands?

There are a lot of great boiler manufacturers out there which produce a large variety of boilers for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Currently, Argo, Buderus, Burnham, Munchkin, Ultimate, and Utica all make some great boilers for the residential market. If you're looking for a home unit, we'd recommend starting with one of those manufacturers.

Are they better than a traditional gas furnace?

When it comes to home heating and cooling, "better" is a tough thing to quantify. We think the best approach is to find the home heating and cooling system, whether it's a modern boiler or gas furnace or something else, that fits your home's unique needs. That being said, there are certainly some sophisticated designs that are as competitive as the latest furnace systems.

Do you have other questions?

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