3 Boiler Myths You Should Be Aware Of

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Everyone loves a tall tale. Whether it’s hearing about alligators in the sewer to bigfoot, it’s fun to hear things from people that may be exaggerated based on tricks of the light or one’s imagination. While it’s fun to let your mind wander, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “fake news” when it comes to myths about your home. We’re not talking ghosts; instead, we mean misinformation you may not think to challenge. There are common misconceptions about HVAC systems that just aren’t true. Blindly believing them may affect your decision-making when it really counts.

Here are 3 of the most common boiler myths we could find.

Myth #1: Getting Burned by Radiators

When you think of radiators in your home, you may immediately picture those old, coiled boilers that can get hot to the touch. Are these fire hazards? Can my child get burned by the one in their room? Take a deep breath. Don’t let your mind assume the worst of this one. Most modern boilers now use baseboard heaters, which are lower and more out of sight. Yes, they get warm, but if you aren’t exceeding the safe temperatures, you have nothing to worry about.

Myth #2: Wasting Water

If you know the basics of how a boiler works, you know they use water to heat your home. However, this is a closed system. That means you won’t have to worry about your boiler pulling in new water to heat your home every time you turn up the thermostat. Instead, it holds a particular amount of water and only uses the same water to keep rooms toasty warm. No wasted energy or water.

Myth #3: Retrofitting Old Boilers

Can I upgrade my existing boiler? This is one of the more popular boiler myths out there. While there are ways to help heat your home, you can’t actually upgrade an existing boiler by simply changing how it works. You’d need to consider replacing the entire unit if yours is too old.

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