Davian wrote:A boiler is a 20-30 year investment minimum...if he's not planning on staying there forever, its something to consider. A lot of people dont stay in their home that long or even half that long.
I'm not sure where those numbers come from, and I don't think I agree with them. If a good used boiler costs $3500 plus installation and produces significant savings in heating and DHW costs, it's hard to see where the long payback would come from. Worst case, even if the house were sold after a period of a few years, the coal boiler would still have value, and could be removed and resold. Obviously you wouldn't go through the effort to install a boiler for a very short period of use, but I don't think it normally takes anywhere near 20 years to justify the investment.