If your boiler is more than 15 years old, you should consider a boiler upgrade regardless of how well you think it's performing. Chances are a boiler of that age is only operating at an efficiency percentage somewhere in the 65 percent range, which is like throwing money out the door. Today's high efficiency boilers are designed with energy savings in mind, and the sooner you have one in your home, the sooner you can reap the benefits of that technology. You may even want to consider replacing a boiler which was installed between 10 and 15 years ago, just to gain the advantages of the newer high technology boilers.
Choosing a Boiler Upgrade
Whatever the fuel source is for your current boiler, it will almost certainly still be the least expensive kind of boiler to install and operate as a replacement. If you now have a natural gas boiler, your best bet is to buy a high efficiency natural gas boiler, and the same holds true for an oil-fueled boiler, or one that runs on pellets.
If at all possible, you should have a condensing boiler installed, because this type operates at greatest efficiency. By extracting heat from combustible gases and re-using that heat, it greatly reduces the energy needed for heating.
If it isn't feasible to install a condensing boiler, another good choice for a boiler upgrade would be the combination boiler. As its name suggests, a combination boiler is really two boilers in one, combining the conventional boiler for radiator heating and an independent water heater in one unit. The advantage of this configuration is that it makes hot water available instantly and for as long as you need it.
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