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Comparing Boiler and Furnace Heating Systems

Written on: November 22, 2021

What’s the difference?

types of heating systems maineWhat do your acquaintances call their heating system if they’re talking about it? The most common term is “furnace.” It may not be a furnace, though. They could have a boiler instead.

That distinction matters because you must know what kind of heating system you have so you know how to ensure that it functions safely and at its peak efficiency. The best way to do that is by having your annual maintenance tune-ups done by a professional, trained service technician.

AFC sell, installs, maintains and repairs both furnaces and boilers. Every one of our service technicians is licensed, trained, and experienced. Our Comfort Plans help you keep your boiler or furnace in good running order and all our work is backed up by our Comfort Guarantee.

How boilers operate

Boilers heat your house using water. The hot water or steam boilers generate is distributed throughout your property to provide warmth. Steam is sent through copper pipes to radiators. Hot water goes to baseboard radiators, under-floor radiant floor systems, or a coil that heats air.

A boiler provides consistent, strong, and pleasant heating that isn’t drying. Another benefit of boilers is their long lifespan, which averages between 15 and 20 years. Because boilers are closed systems, they can offer outstanding energy efficiency.

Boilers have one disadvantage: they are more expensive to install, maintain, and repair as the heating system is a more complicated one.

How furnaces operate

A furnace heats air and circulates it throughout your house in order to keep it warm. Air is brought into the furnace through a return and heated. The warmed air is then sent by a blower into the ductwork, which delivers it to all of your rooms via vents.

Propane, heating oil, natural gas, and electricity are the fuels used in furnaces. They’re the most popular type of heating system on the market today.

You spend less money over the long term on furnaces than boilers because they are less expensive to buy, install, maintain, and repair. Because they’re a simple, straightforward technology, furnaces may be installed in your home in less than a day. Furnaces are also great for getting your home warm fast, and to higher temperatures.

Furnaces have some disadvantages, one of which is that because heat is only pushed into a space via vents, it may not always be dispersed equally if objects like furniture or drapes obstruct the circulation of the heated air, resulting in cold spots. Leaks in ductwork can lead to heat loss, which is why you should have your ductwork cleaned and checked every three years.

From expert installation and service to dependable fuel delivery, AFC is your one-stop shop when it comes to your home’s boiler or furnace. Become a customer today!