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Types of boilers

A boiler is one of the most common home heating systems in America - especially here in Massachusetts and other cold-climate areas. Boilers work by heating water and distributing hot steam, or hot water, through a series of pipes throughout your home. The steam or hot water is then sent to steam radiators, hot water radiators, or radiant floor heating systems, and it heats your home. Boiler technology has come a long way and newer models can have an efficiency rating as high as 98%. Boiler prices vary depending on their efficiency ratings, fuel source, and other factors.

InHome offers 5 different types of boilers, all of which are fueled by gas or oil.

Oil fired boilers - heating systems for sale online in MA

Oil-fired boilers

Oil-fired boilers are common in areas that have limited access to natural gas. Oil-fired boilers require heating oil, which is stored in a tank on your home’s property.  Your monthly boiler cost will rise and fall depending on the price of oil. Some oil-fired boilers are able to run on biodiesel fuel, which burns cleaner than regular heating oil.  Because biodiesel burns cleaner and lubricates the boiler system, a biodiesel-fueled boiler may have lower service and cleaning costs.

Natural gas or propane gas boilers for sale online in MA

Gas boilers

Gas boilers are fueled by either natural gas or propane, and they are highly efficient. The water heated by your gas boiler provides central heating and hot water for your home. There are 2 styles of gas boilers: traditional tank boilers and combination boilers. Traditional tank boilers heat a tank of hot water for use in the home, and combination boilers heat water on demand.

 Combination gas boilers for sale online in MA  - hot water or central heating

Combination gas boilers

Combination gas boilers, also known as combi boilers, combine a hot water tank and boiler into a single high-efficiency unit. These gas boilers provide your home with both hot water and central heating. A combi boiler heats water directly from the water main, as you need it, so there’s no need for water storage tanks. Combi boilers are highly efficient and very compact, so they’re great for smaller homes.

Cast iron tank steam boilers for sale online in MA

Steam boilers

A  steam boiler heats your home using a cast-iron tank filled about halfway with water. A burner below the tank heats the water until it turns to steam. The steam moves through a series of pipes, into your home’s radiators, and provides heat. Condensed steam then turns back into water and travels along return pipes, where it is reheated for the next cycle. Steam boilers are reliable and last a long time, but are not very efficient.

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Domestic hot water

You can add a domestic hot water tank to your gas, oil-fired, or steam boiler. Domestic hot water tanks come in a few styles: 1) indirect, 2) tankless, 3) on demand, 4) storage tank. Speak to one of our experts about your options for adding domestic hot water to your heating system.

Boiler costs and boiler installation costs vary depending on the model, efficiency rating, and other factors.

InHome’s experts are ready to talk you through our boilers for sale and help you choose the best boiler for your home.

Benefits of a new system

Small carbon footprint boilers

Smaller footprint

Your boiler replacement won’t just shrink your carbon footprint. Newer boilers tend to be smaller and take up less space—especially if you opt for a combi boiler. What would you do if you no longer had to deal with a giant tank? Shelving? Storage closet? Be sure to factor in the space savings when you’re when you’re thinking through the boiler installation cost.

Quiet, efficient replacement boilers

Peace and quiet

Older boilers can be noisy, especially when their fans start to wear and tear. This can be a problem if your boiler is next to a bedroom. No matter which of our boilers you choose for your boiler replacement, they will all be quieter than an old gas boiler or an old oil-fired boiler.

New boiler technology is quieter than ever, comparable to the sound of your refrigerator. Ask us about our quietest boilers for sale when it’s time for your boiler replacement.

Boilers installed in MA with better warranties

Better warranties

Today’s boilers are designed to last longer than ever, which means you need a warranty to match. InHome only installs boilers with top warranties, so you’re well covered in case of repairs or replacement parts. Speak to one of our experts today.

Signs it’s time to upgrade

Your boiler is more than 15 years old

Even with regular maintenance, you will benefit from a boiler replacement after 15 years. Older boilers are more likely to have issues and they cost more to run. Plus, technology has improved dramatically in the past decade.

You see an increase in your energy bill

When your boiler is not working efficiently, it uses more energy than normal, and costs more to run.

Your boiler is noisier than it used to be

Strange noises usually mean you need a repair. If your boiler is on the older side, consider a boiler replacement rather than another fix.

Your home isn’t as comfortable as it used to be

This is another sign that your boiler isn’t working efficiently. If your boiler isn’t doing its job, it’s time for a new boiler.

Replacement boilers are more energy efficient

The best boiler brands

InHome has researched the best boilers with the top warranties so you don't have to. We only install what we would put in our own home. These are some of our best boiler brands:

US Burnham Boiler Company

Burnham Aspen (U.S Boiler Company)

Burnham Aspen makes some of the safest, most reliable, and durable boilers in the U.S. Known for their efficiency, Burnham offers boilers with AFUE ratings as high as 95% and they regularly publish their energy certifications.

Pros: Burnham Aspen is a higher-end boiler brand, known to last. These gas boilers and oil-fired boilers are also made in the U.S.A. Burnham Aspen boilers have strong warranties.

Cons: The upfront boiler cost for Burnham Aspen boilers is slightly more expensive than other boiler brands.

What’s included in the InHome boiler cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Weil-Mclain

Weil-McLain

Founded in 1881, Weil-McLain boilers integrate the latest in advanced controls and materials, including cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum heat exchanger technologies. Weil-McLain boilers are known for their reliability and energy efficiency.

Pros: Weil-McLain is an established brand, over 100 years old. Weil-McLain boilers have the best warranties on the market.

Cons: While Weil-McLain is well known for its oil-fired boilers, they are not as well known for gas boilers.

What’s included in the InHome boiler cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Bosch

Buderus (Bosch)

Established in 1731, Buderus has a long history of innovation and a reputation for being among the best-quality brands available. Their boilers are especially known for their efficiency, with AFUE ratings as high as 97%, and they have won numerous design awards.

Pros: Buderus is a higher-end boiler brand, known for being top quality. They are owned by Bosch, a large, trusted appliance manufacturer.

Cons: Buderus boilers may cost slightly more to service if they ever need.

What’s included in the InHome boiler cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Navien

Navien

Navien was the first company to introduce a highly efficient, environmentally friendly condensing gas boiler. They've since grown to be a global boiler manufacturer and are the leader in wall-hung condensing boilers. They are one of the most popular gas boilers in Massachusetts. Navien boilers have AFUE ratings as high as 95%.

Pros: Navien boilers are highly affordable and come with a long warranty. The coverage is excellent if any repairs are needed. Their combination gas boilers are well known and very popular.

Cons: While Navien is well known for its gas boilers, they are not as well known for oil-fired boilers.

What’s included in the InHome boiler cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Safety first

If your boiler is older, it may not meet current guidelines for boiler safety and operation—and in the worst case, may even be at risk of producing carbon monoxide. In most cases, a boiler replacement is the better choice. While the boiler installation cost is an investment, a newer, more efficient boiler means lower monthly bills and a safer home.

New safe, efficient replacement boilers lower carbon monoxide risk

Get more efficient with an upgrade

Boilers are rated with an annual fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) score, which tells you how well your boiler converts energy into useable heat. Older boilers can have AFUE rating as low as 50%, whereas new boilers are required to have an AFUE rating of at least 80%. And if you go with a high-efficiency boiler, your boiler replacement can be up to 98% efficient.

High-efficiency - high AFUE rated boiler replacements
New energy efficient boiler replacements in massachusetts

Boosting your boiler’s efficiency

If you’re going to invest in a new boiler replacement, make sure the rest of your home is as energy efficient as possible. Anything you can do to minimize heat loss will help your boiler work efficiently and further reduce your monthly costs.

Guard your home against heat loss

Ensure your attic and walls are properly insulated.

Add caulk or weather stripping around your doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping.

Ensure cooling system ducts in your crawl space and attic are properly insulated.

Have your chimney cleaned.

Ensure your ceiling fans to spin clockwise, so they blow rising heat down.

Install programmable thermostats and set them to lower the temperature at night, or if you’re away. Did you know programmable thermostats can save you an additional 10% on your energy bills?

Save thousands when you upgrade

High-efficiency appliances can make your home more comfortable and significantly reduce your energy bills. If you’re considering some upgrades, incentive programs, like Mass Save®, offer up to $2,750 in rebates or interest-free financing for eligible households.

If you’re applying for rebates or financing on your own, you have to determine if the product you want is eligible. Plus, you need to complete the paperwork; and then there’s a wait time to hear back. When you apply through InHome, we handle every part of the process for you and can “fast track” your application. No fuss, no confusion. We do all the paperwork on your behalf, and get you the rebate immediately.

Here’s a breakdown of the rebates available to you through Mass Save®:

Product

Product

Gas Heating & Water Heaters

Up to $2,750 for heating
Up to $700 for water heaters

Oil Heating & Water Heaters

Up to $800 for heating
Up to $100 for water heaters

Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters

Up to $600 rebate

Smart & Programmable Thermostats

Up to $100 or price-discount and no-cost installation

If you’re considering more extensive upgrades, financing is available at 0% interest over 84 months, also through Mass Save®.

You may be eligible for incentives for energy-efficient home upgrades like heating and water heating equipment, central A/C and heat pumps, insulation, and more. When you apply for financing through InHome, we process all of the paperwork for you and submit it for approval. We want you to have the security of financing before you start your upgrades.

Transparency is important to us and we believe you should know the total cost of your project at the outset. We are available for questions and support throughout the application process. Our team is here to help make sure this process is as easy and painless as possible from start to finish.  We are the experts in the field and in the office.

Our lowest price guarantee

InHome is always more affordable than the competition because our buying power gets us wholesale prices on products and materials. Plus, we don’t use sales people. Since we skip sales fees and commissions, we can pass even more savings onto you. We guarantee the best boiler prices and the lowest boiler installation cost.

If you find a lower quote we'll beat it by $300

Efficiency equals savings

Did you know, American homeowners spend a whopping 60% of their home energy costs on heating?

The single biggest thing you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to replace your old boiler. A boiler replacement can have a big impact on your monthly energy bill. Homeowners who replace their oil-fired boilers or gas boilers with energy efficient models report energy cost savings of 25% or higher. While the boiler replacement cost is an investment, the monthly savings will quickly add up.

Save up to
30%on utility bills

Save money, save the planet

A boiler replacement can also have a significant impact on climate change. Replacing your oil-fired boiler or gas boiler with a new energy-efficient boiler is almost as effective as giving up your car.

At least 7% percent of U.S. fossil-fuel energy is used for residential space and water heating. This means making small changes to your home heating can make a big difference for the planet. Boiler replacement is a win-win—you save big on your monthly bills and you’re doing your part to fight climate change.

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What is a combination boiler?

Also known as a combi boiler, these gas boilers combine a hot water tank and boiler into a single high-efficiency unit. Combi boilers provide your home with both hot water and central heating. A combi boiler heats water directly from the water main, as you need it, so there’s no need for water storage tanks. Because these boilers heat water on demand, they are more energy efficient.

Combi boilers have many benefits:

  • They’re compact, so they’re great for homes with limited space.
  • They have lower boiler costs because they only heat the water you need, rather than continuously heating a full tank of water.
  • Combi boilers are less expensive to install. These boilers aren’t as complex as regular boilers and require fewer parts.
  • With no tank to heat, combi boilers offer an unlimited supply of hot water as soon as you need it.
  • Combi boilers heat water directly from the main, so they’re not affected by pressure issues.


We recommend combi boilers primarily for the dramatically increased efficiency and cost savings. Combi boilers are less expensive to purchase and install, and their efficiency means you’ll spend significantly less on energy bills over time. There’s a reason we’ve installed over 1,200 of these boilers in Massachusetts. You can read more about combi boilers here, or speak to our experts about new boiler costs and the best boiler for your home. 

Can I convert my oil boiler to a gas boiler?

Yes it is possible to convert your oil boiler to a gas boiler. To make the switch to a gas boiler, you will need to work with a gas company to have gas lines and gas meters installed in your home. Once the new gas lines and meters are in place, InHome can connect the gas lines to your boiler at a small additional cost. Before you convert your oil boiler, you should weigh the conversion cost versus a new boiler cost. Boilers should be replaced after 15 or more years. If your oil boiler is at the end of its life, upgrading to a new energy-efficient gas boiler will be more cost effective and will save you more money in the long run. Speak to one of our experts about the new boiler cost and the best boiler for your home.

What are "zones"?

A zone is an area in your home, which is controlled by its own thermostat. A home can have anywhere from 1-5 zones based on size, layout, or additions.  Zoned HVAC uses dampers in the ductwork to regulate and redirect air to specific areas of the home.

Zoning your home has several benefits, including the elimination of hot or cold spots, and having individual control of a room’s temperature—think cool bedrooms and a cozy living room, and forget about arguing over the thermostat.

Zones are most effective in multi-level homes. Because heat rises, the upper levels are always warmer than the lower levels. Installing separate zones creates more even temperatures throughout your home. Speak to one of our experts about installation cost and the best heating for your home.

What’s the best boiler?

Many homeowners choose to replace their boilers with combination boilers, or combi boilers. These gas boilers combine a hot water tank and boiler into a single high-efficiency unit. Combi boilers provide your home with both hot water and central heating. A combi boiler heats water directly from the water main, as you need it, so there’s no need for water storage tanks. Combi boilers are compact, so they’re great for homes with limited space. Because these boilers heat water on demand, they are more energy efficient. You can read more about combi boilers here.

It’s most important that your boiler installation is right for your home. Our boiler installation experts will help you determine the best boiler type (oil fired boiler, gas boiler, electric boiler) and size for your home. When making a boiler replacement recommendation, our experts will consider your home’s foundation, wall thicknesses, insulation values, windows, air filtration and more.

What is a “heat load”?

Heat load is the amount of heat energy your home needs in order to maintain the desired indoor temperature. Your home’s heat load depends on its size, construction, insulation, number of windows, and other factors. The heat load will also determine the size and model of boiler your home needs. Speak to one of our experts about a new boiler cost and the best boiler for your home.

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