Comparing Furnaces And Boilers


Furnaces and boilers are two of the most common types of central heating systems that can be installed in either residential or commercial properties. Though they both perform the same function – namely maintaining a steady comfortable temperature within your property during the fall and winter months – both furnaces and boilers operate in completely distinct ways from each other, which means that they each possess a unique set of advantages and drawbacks. Understanding the differences between furnaces and boilers can help make it easier for you to figure out which is the best fit for your home or commercial property.


Central furnaces make use of a ductwork system to move hot air throughout your home or commercial property through the use of a fan. They can make use of a variety of different fuel sources (natural gas, propane, and simple electric heating elements), but in general forced air furnaces are quicker to produce heat and distribute it throughout your home than boilers are. It should also be noted that since furnaces make use of ductwork to provide heat throughout your home, the heat that they produce tends to be relatively even in distribution.

However, central furnaces do come with the downside that they require somewhat constant – or at least regular – maintenance to continue operating at peak efficiency. While such maintenance is fairly easy, such as simply replacing the air filter and making sure that the vents are uncovered and dust-free (and contacting a professional to clean your ducts every year or so), it does represent a future time commitment and cost that needs to be factored in.


Boilers, like their name would suggest, use hot water to transport heat throughout your property instead of air. This gives boilers a number of distinct features: firstly, they will not transport allergens throughout your home, since no air circulation is used to distribute heat. In addition, boilers will not boost the humidity levels within your home, since the pipes that transport hot water are completely sealed.

However, boilers do come with some downsides. Firstly, they take a while to heat up, which means that you may be left shivering for a while before you can feel the effect of your central heating unit. Secondly, the evenness of the heat that boilers produce largely depends on the layout of the pipes within your home: if the pipes are only installed in certain areas, you may experience cold spots and drafts even while the boiler is on. 


12 February 2018

protecting the outdoor heat pump unit creatively

Your outdoor heat pump unit needs to be protected from the elements. You should have it somewhat covered to keep snow and ice from settling on it and prevent tree limbs from crashing down on it. My blog will show you some creative ways to protect your heat pump unit outside of your home. The protective unit doesn't need to be unsightly by any means. You can come up with several unique ways to disguise and protect the heat pump unit that you will like and will do the job it needs to do for many years into the future.