Furnace vs. Boiler: Which Is Better?

There are many choices for homeowners when it comes to heating systems, but two of the most common are furnaces and boilers. Each has been around for a long time, making them common for installation and replacement, and parts are widely available for repair. But which system is best for you? Part of the answer to this question will depend on your needs, but understanding how each system works and the benefits each offers can help you choose. Working with a professional during this process can go a long way toward ensuring that installing a new furnace or boiler in Brevard that is a great fit for you and your home. If you are considering a new furnace or boiler installation, call Comfort Central, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our heating experts.

Furnaces

Furnaces have two ways of working: via combustible fuel or electricity. The most common combustion fuel used is natural gas, but oil and propane are also used. Electric furnaces work by electrically charging two tightly-wound coils that heat to a red-hot state, and the warm air generated is distributed via the blower fan. No matter the fuel type, furnaces need ductwork to distribute the heat they generate, so this should always be a consideration when comparing furnaces to other types of heating systems. Both combustion and electric furnaces are highly energy efficient (electric furnaces are slightly more energy efficient), and the average lifespans are as follows:

  • Combustion furnaces – 15-20 years
  • Electric furnaces – 20-30 years

Boilers

Boilers were the first centralized heating systems in homes. They are durable and energy efficient, particularly condensing boilers. Boilers are part of a hydronic system, meaning they heat water to heat your home via hot water or steam. Piping is used to deliver the steam or hot water, and heating outlets can be radiators, baseboard heating or radiant floor heating systems. Boiler systems can be easily zoned, can use gas, oil or solid fuels for combustion and have an average lifespan of 15-20 years.

Which Is Better?

Determining which system is better for your home requires looking at your needs and the requirements of each system. For instance, if your home doesn’t currently have ductwork, a furnace may not be a viable option, as installing ductwork can be costly. On the other hand, if you want to utilize existing ductwork for both cooling and heating, a boiler may not be your best option. Each system also offers a different kind of feeling to the heat it provides: furnaces use forced air, which heats quickly, but can be dry and, to some, uncomfortable. The heat of a boiler is radiant, so it is gradual, even and less dry. These are some of the reasons why working with a trained professional can go a long way toward ensuring you choose the right heating system for your home.

Choosing a furnace or boiler in Brevard can be challenging, so call Comfort Central, Inc. today and get some help from our experts.

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