Key Differences Between Boilers and Furnaces

Homes in the Colorado Springs area we serve have some form of central heating. These systems heat the home as a whole, rather than requiring the use of multiple space heaters to keep different areas of the home warm. 

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There are two types of heating systems that are the most common: boilers and furnaces. While they can both heat a home effectively, they do it in very different ways. At One Source Home Services, we offer heating services for both types of systems.

Understanding the system you have can come in handy when you’re thinking about replacing it and you want to know what would be best in your house. It is also useful when you need to talk to a technician about maintenance or repairs.


Boilers heat water in a tank, then circulate that water throughout the house via pipes. At the end of each pipe is either a radiator or a baseboard heater. These disperse the heat throughout the home. 

Boilers are more expensive heating systems to install than furnaces but they generally last longer and have lower repair and operation costs. You can choose to only heat part of a home when you have a boiler, rather than having to heat the entire thing. They are often more energy-efficient than furnaces and produce cleaner heat, too.

However, boilers take longer to warm a room or a home and the whole thing can freeze if exposed to a very low temperature. Boilers may raise humidity levels so much that a separate dehumidifier is needed and a boiler problem can mean significant water damage to your home.


Furnaces force air through a series of heat exchangers that warm it up. Then powerful fans blow it through a series of ducts until it enters rooms through various heat registers. The warm air warms the entire home.

Furnaces are cheaper than boilers, though installing ductwork can be very expensive. You usually have to heat an entire home when you have a furnace, even if you aren’t using it all. They produce dry air and will never freeze up.

However, furnaces require more repairs than boilers and don’t have as long of a lifespan. They also require air filter changes every few months to keep them running well. If the dry air they blow is a problem, you may have to install a separate humidifier. 

Which One is Better?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to heating systems. The system that’s right for you will be determined by the particulars of your situation. If you’re not sure which one to get, contact us at One Source today. We’ll send someone out to help you choose the new heating system that is right for your home and your family.

Rely on us for all of your boiler, furnace, and other heating needs all winter long. Just give us a call and we’ll have someone to your door in no time. Trust One Source with all your heating needs! Give us a call to make your appointment now!

When Do I Need a New Boiler?

At One Source Home Services, we would be happy to help you replace your old boiler with a new one. When you work with us, we aim to make the process quick and easy for you so you can get warm again soon.

In fact, sometimes the hardest part of the process is deciding that it really is time to replace your boiler. Our experts would be happy to evaluate your Colorado Springs boiler and give you our professional opinion. You can also look for some of the following signs and make the decision on your own. 

Signs That It’s Time to Consider a New Boiler

If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to start thinking about a new boiler:

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  • Your boiler leaks. A major boiler leak can be a major problem. After all, no one wants to deal with water damage! Most boilers start with small leaks before the big one comes. If you see these, consider replacing the unit.
  • Your boiler needs frequent repairs. Even if each boiler repair is relatively inexpensive, the cost adds up over time. The need for frequent repairs can also indicate that your boiler is failing. 
  • You see yellow flames. The flames should be blue. If they aren’t, your boiler isn’t burning fuel properly and you may end up with too much carbon monoxide in your house.
  • Your fuel bills keep going up. If there’s not another explanation, chances are good that your boiler is getting old and working less efficiently. Eventually, these costs may get too high to make it worthwhile to keep the boiler. 

Get a New Boiler from One Source Today

If it’s time to get a new boiler or if you’re considering one, bring in one of our boiler experts today. We’ll evaluate your current boiler to make sure that replacement is the right option. If it is, we’ll work with you to help you find the perfect new boiler for your family.

Choose your new boiler and, as soon as it’s available, we’ll install it for you. With Colorado Springs boiler service from One Source, we will make sure that everything is working according to the manufacturer’s standards before leaving, so you can be sure you’ll stay warm this winter. Get your Colorado Springs boiler installation completed fast when you call One Source Home Services today!


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