What Is The Difference Between A Furnace And A Boiler?

Ardmore Fresh Air | HVAC

There’s a difference between a furnace and a boiler? Yes, there is. Does it matter for my home? Yes, it does. You need to know what your home uses and what that means for instances where repairs are needed and the HVAC company is asking what you have, as well as, for your own understanding of your investment. Let’s take a look at the difference between a furnace and a boiler and which you should have in your home.


The Difference Is...

A furnace uses warm air to heat your home, while a boiler boils water or uses to steam to heat your home. This is the most simple definition of the two. Since warm air and boiled water are not the same thing, this means the way heat is distributed in your home as well as the system utilized are different too. Another difference is that furnaces uses the ductwork of the home to blow the warm air through the house. Boilers use radiators connected to the hot water pipes that run throughout the home.


Which Should I Use In My Home?

So which one is more effective for my home? That depends. Each one has its own advantages. For example, boilers generally have more affordable repair costs, and do not require an air filter to be changed out monthly. The heat distribution in your home tends to stay in place with a boil instead of dispersing too much. However, besides increasing humidity, boilers also take time to warm up. There is also a risk of them freezing up if the weather is really cold.

Furnaces, on the other hand, are cheaper to install and won’t freeze up in the winter. Furnaces have shorter life spans and require more maintenance and upkeep. You will need to replace your air filter each month to keep your furnace maintained properly.

The answer to which is better is subjective. If you don’t mind the air filter maintenance and you have the ductwork for a furnace, then you should use a furnace. If you prefer the warm air of a boiler coming from your radiator in each room, then that is a better option for you.

For more information on furnaces and boilers, and to get yours checked before the weather gets seriously frigid, call Ardmore Fresh Air at (847) 792-1019. We are happy to check out your heating system and get you ready for the cold months ahead in the Windy City.


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