If you are one of the rare fortunates, you might not be looking at a new furnace at this time. Instead of a new furnace installation for you perhaps your old copper plated boiler-making system will be pared down and refinished, and its inner workings remodeled to prepare it for the 21st century expectations of central heating these days. It is sometimes sad for the bespoke boilermaker or engineer to see such systems go.
They have perhaps been around long enough to enjoy the profundities of old-fashioned engineering prowess. They also miss those days when everything always seemed to work on time. Parts and components rarely broke down, if ever. And the materials that held everything together, copper being the prime magnate, never wore out. Well, those days are now gone. Many of the parts and components are now obsolete.
One of the primary reasons for moving in this direction, replacing what was essentially something good with something different is because the good-old is no longer sustainable. Central heating is already a major expense on its own, and every effort must now be made to move further away from the electric grid as is possible. Apart from the expense of remaining attached to same, it is just not sustainable anymore.
It is just not helpful to the green environment. Not at all. Water burning solutions are proving to be helpful but perhaps it is true to suggest that some further work in the direction of making full use of solar power to heat up furnaces, usually stored away in buildings’ basements, is required. Will the use of the solar power be the game changer for the future? And will furnace use remain a viable source of central heating? Will time tell.