High cost, energy-efficient vs. traditional and affordable?

One thing tends to lead to another when it comes to home improvement. This project started out being two weeks long (six weeks in and counting…) and it seems that our attitude towards everything is “ehhhhh might as well just replace this too, while we’re at it”. It’s pretty amazing how many times we’ve said this.

As we enter the final stage of this project and smooth out all the rough edges, we decided that the very last upgrade we are making is a new boiler. There are many variables that contribute to how long a boiler lasts. I’ve heard anything from 10 years to 30 years, with proper maintenance.

The dilemma we face is between buying a traditional boiler (Weil McLain or Burnham are very good recognizable brands) and one of those new, energy efficient save-the-world ones. Personally, I really think the Burnham is so cute! Check her out on the left. How adorable is this little boiler? She’s a traditional gas boiler much like the one we are about to replace.




Here is a condensing boiler. This type gets mounted on a wall, saving you more space. They are the most energy efficient boilers out there (over 95% efficient) and you’d make your money back in 5 years with something

like this. The cost of one of these highly efficient, energy saving, sleek, micro, sexy, hang me up a wall types is nearly three (3) times as much money as the Burnham up above.

Do we save the money now and install a brand new, top of the line, relatively inexpensive boiler that we know will last a long time? Do we splurge and spend our unborn child’s 529 College Savings Fund on this highly-efficient, energy saving, tree-hugging boiler that presumably will make my Keurig cup of coffee each morning? We like the idea of energy efficiency but the cost is really a factor here!

We need to make a decision fast because our new boiler is going up on Friday! Yay warmth!

Also, kudos to the advertising decision made by Weil McLain on this poster. This is on a billboard, on 4th avenue in South Slope, Brooklyn. It makes me chuckle every time I see it!


About Maya

I like words like "labyrinthian," "kerfuffle," and "serendipitous" because they're mellifluous. I love poetry, pumpkin ales, sangria, long summer days, Fall foliage, going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves in October, live music, Jazz, Salsa dancing, theater, film (foreign and indie), the arts (myriad varieties), dance (in theory and practice) and any place where I can sit outdoors and take it all in.
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