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Boiler and Furnaces

What’s the difference between a boiler and a furnace? They both heat your home but in different ways.  If you heat your home with hot water you likely have a boiler heating system.

A boiler heats the water and a pump circulates heated water around your home through pipes, baseboards and radiators. In the Northern Virginia area of Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Leesburg or Winchester, there is a chance your home may heat with a hot water boiler.

Coal Fired to Hydronic Boilers

Boilers came on the scene about the end of the 19th century when basement coal-fired boilers delivered hot water to iron radiators that went throughout the house. Those boilers aren’t fired with coal anymore, but the premise remains the same. Now, they are often referred to as hydronic boilers. M.E. Flow has been working on boilers for well over half a century in the Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington region and is considered one of the areas expert contractors in the boiler industry.

New Boilers are Efficient

Most old boilers operate at as little as 50% efficiency and a new boiler offer an 85% and higher efficiency rating. New boiler heating systems offer environmental and safety advantages, too. The new boilers use less fuel and producing fewer toxic by-products of combustion, new boilers reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure within the home, and contribute to a cleaner external environment. According to the Energy.gov when replacing your furnace or boiler you will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year if you heat with gas.

M.E. Flow is a top rated company in Boiler Services

The success of the M.E. Flow boiler division is a two-decades- long relationship with our boiler suppliers; technical expertise; 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and the strong work ethic as a family-run business that’s been part of the fabric of the communities of Northern Virginia for more than 65 years!

View recent testimonials here: Alexandria client had this to say.   And our Arlington client with a  35 year old steam boiler had this to say

The boiler services include repairs, service, maintenance, troubleshooting, installation and free in-home consultations. Have a question about your boiler or if you need to diagnose a problem with your boiler— call M.E. Flow today!

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