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Making The Choice Between A Boiler And A Furnace: Factors To Consider

by Ryan Wright

When you have to replace the heating system for your home, you may find yourself faced with one major decision. You will need to choose between a boiler installation and a furnace installation. While both furnaces and boilers will heat your home, they do so in different ways and each have their benefits and drawbacks. As such, it is important to get to know some of the main factors to consider when choosing your system so that you make the right choice for you and your home. Then, you can purchase your heater and get it installed as soon as possible.

The Type Of Heating Source

One of the primary differences between boilers and furnaces is the type of heating source they provide for your home. A boiler system uses heated water as the source of the heat for your home. As such, the system requires the use of pipes to bring in the water as well as to distribute that water throughout your home. Some boilers convert the water to steam and then the steam travels via the pipes throughout your home.

A furnace system on the other hand uses forced air to warm your home up. The furnace heats up the air and then forces it through air vents via blowers throughout your home. This keeps air flowing and moving throughout your home as the furnace continues to take in air, heat it, and force it through the air vents.

The Amount Of Regular Maintenance Required

Another factor to consider when making the important choice between a furnace and a boiler system is the amount of regular and routine maintenance that you will need to perform on your system. If you select a furnace, you will need to change the furnace filter frequently. This can range from one time per month to once every two or three months. You will also need annual maintenance (generally right before you switch the heat on in the fall or winter) to ensure the gas composition is at the correct levels and to check that the pilot light is still lit.

A boiler system, on the other hand, only needs annual maintenance by a professional. Annual routine maintenance includes checking the pipes and connections for any damage, leaks or holes. The service person will also be able to adjust the controls on your boiler so that you can be sure that your boiler is running as efficiently as possible and providing the best heat to your home.

Now that you know a few of the factors to consider when choosing between a boiler and a furnace, you can be sure that you make the best possible decision for your home.

To learn more, contact a company like Schweitzer Brothers Inc