5 Myths About Boiler Heating Systems

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Winter is almost here! Are you looking to install a new boiler heating system to keep your house and family warm and comfortable?  Or have you heard certain myths about a boiler heating system? Be rest assured as we try bust those myths for you and help you make an informed decision. 

But what is a boiler and how does it function?   

A boiler heats water or glycol, which flows through a pipe network in the house. As the warm water moves through the pipes, it heats the surrounding area. The heat is distributed in rooms through radiators or in-floor heating loops.  

Due to the importance of a boiler heating system in day-to-day life, there are a lot of differing views about these appliances floating around – some true, some false.  

Don’t worry! We are going to debunk five boiler myths to help you make an informed decision the next time you’re shopping around for the best boiler options for heating your home.   

1. Boilers Are Found Only in Older Homes 

Simply put, the answer is no. Many modern residential houses and apartments run on natural gas or propane boilers. On the contrary, a lot of old homes run on a furnace heating system. 

2. Boilers Are More Expensive to Install Than Gas Furnaces  

Previously, the heat exchanger materials for boilers used to be expensive. But, the advanced technological developments in the thermodynamics field in the last decade have made them much cheaper and a lot more accessible.  

When it comes to the installation cost, a new furnace is a bit cheaper compared to the installation of a new boiler. Talk to your local heating experts at Crystal Heating and Cooling for accurate information. 

3. Boilers Are Not Reliable 

Many people believe that a boiler is not a reliable heating system. This is particularly true if we speak of old times. Even though the very first models of boilers were using somewhat less reliable components compared to conventional heating systems at the time, the latest upgrades over the last ten years have significantly improved the quality as well as the reliability of the boiler.   

These improvements in the manufacturing of boilers have made it extremely reliable as a high-quality heating system for your home.  

4. Boilers Require a Lot of Maintenance  

Another myth is that boilers are quite hard to maintain. In reality, modern boilers are not difficult to maintain, especially if we compare them with old and traditional boilers systems, running on gas and electricity.     

Boiler heating systems have a long life, but they have to be serviced annually to ensure trouble-free operation. Also, the selection of the best service providers is important as it can make or break your boiler experience.   

5. Boilers Aren’t as Efficient as a Gas Furnace  

The first thing to note when thinking about your heating energy efficiency is the age of your boiler. Energy.gov says that older boiler systems generally were only energy efficient in the 56-70% range. Today’s boiler and furnace systems can be as high as 98.5% when it comes to energy efficiency.  

This means that boilers are as energy-efficient as a furnace, busting the original myth.   


Do you still have questions about making the right choice when it comes to deciding on a heating system for your home? Contact Crystal Heating & Cooling for a representative who can help you select the best boiler heating system for your home based on your needs.