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How to Choose a New Boiler for Your Home

Updated: Jun 16

Winters in Edmonton are freezing and snowy. During the cold season, the temperature can drop to around -14 °C. To accommodate that, Canadians need a robust heating system.

But what if your boiler suddenly breaks? Or it’s time for an upgrade?

Choosing a new boiler can seem like a daunting task. We’re here to help you make that critical decision. Continue reading for some top tips on how to choose a new boiler that’s right for you.


Types of Boilers

Boilers perform a vital task. They heat and distribute water to each room in your home, ensuring you stay warm and cozy.

There are several types of boilers on the market to mull over. These range from high-efficiency units and condensing combi boilers to space-heating boilers. At Modern Air & Water we’re authorized dealers of boilers from Allied, Lennox and Viessmann, and we can install any boiler on the market from any of the top brands.

When the time comes to replace your boiler, keep the following points in mind.


Boiler Size & BTU Requirement

Boiler capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). The BTU figure represents the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Every home will have a different BTU requirement. Factors such as location, climate, the number of windows, and insulation quality have an impact. As well as how many people live in your home and how many bathrooms you have.

Your BTU requirement determines the boiler size that’s best for your property.

It's also important to consider whether the boiler will fit into the space you have. Measure the area to determine your ideal boiler size.

Something else to think about is your existing boiler. Do you want to replace that boiler with the same type of device or change to a different system? Cost may come into play when considering that.

In addition to size, the ventilation needs of a boiler are important too. For example, some boilers need a wall opening to push used air through. Other types could require a chimney.


Fuel Type

Some boilers are fueled by natural gas or oil; others use wood or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Each fuel source has pros and cons. For example, wood can be expensive while LPG is more efficient than oil or gas.


Boiler Efficiency

Efficiency and the environment may be deal-breakers. So when choosing a new boiler, take note of the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). That will tell you how effective the device is at converting fuel to heat.

A high-efficiency boiler is one with a rating of 90% or more.


Get A New Boiler to Suit Your Needs in Edmonton – Get in Touch with Modern Air & Water Today!

Purchasing a new boiler is a hefty expenditure, so it’s important you choose the best one for you. As well as picking a heating system that will get you through the winter, consider efficiency, fuel type, and boiler size too.

If you’re an Edmontonian who needs a new boiler installed, Modern Air & Water can help you with that. Get in touch with us for more information or a free quote.


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