Boiler vs. Furnace: What is the Right Option for You?

by | Oct 27, 2015 | Plumbing

Do you know the difference in a boiler and a furnace? In order to determine what option is best for you, it is essential to learn about the pros and cons of each option. One of the simplest ways to remember the difference in these options is to remember that furnaces use air and boilers use water for the distribution of heat in a home.

Each option, the furnace and Gas Boilers in Newport operate in unique ways. The furnace will heat the air that is distributed through the house with a blower motor and the duct system in the home. A boiler will use hot water to heat the home. A hot water boiler will distribute the heat with the use of a small hot water pipe with a pump that heats the baseboard, radiant flooring systems or cast iron radiators. The steam boiler distributes the steam by way of a network of pipes that will heat the radiators in a home. Boilers, which are also referred to as hydronic heat systems, will run on electricity, oil or gas or some alternative type of fuel, such as wood pellets. Click here to know more.

When you consider the pros and cons of each system you will be able to determine the right one for your home and needs. A furnace will use air, which can create a home full of drafts because there is air constantly moving. The movement of air is ideal in the summer when cooling is necessary; however, it is not a comfortable method for heating.

Convection or radiant heat, such as the cast iron radiators or baseboard heating method will provide a steady flow of heat with great consistency in temperature. A hydronic heating system will not spread any allergens or dust through the home or cause the air to dry out like a forced system will.

Another important difference between these two systems is the maintenance that is necessary. Since air is being blowing throughout the house, there are some contractors who will suggest changing out the air filter for a furnace monthly. However, the maintenance for a boiler is completely different. A high efficiency boiler will typically require yearly service, but a cast iron boiler will be able to work for years and years with minimal maintenance needed. Understanding the differences in the units will help you choose the one that is best for your needs.

Gastech Heating & Plumbing have an experience in gas boilers, and our engineers are Gas Safe Registered to ensure proper handling and installation of your appliance.

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