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

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

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!

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