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Are you facing problems with your HVAC system and looking for an ideal heating system to replace it? To make an informed choice, it is necessary to be acquainted with the popular heating systems available on the market. While making a decision, you should consider the pros and cons of each system and also keep your requirements in mind. In this article, we will help you choose between a boiler and a furnace.
Difference Between Furnaces and Boilers
Heating systems are either boiler or furnace based. Both of them use central heating.
But the way in which they transfer heat to all the parts of the house is different. Boilers use water to carry thermal energy. Furnaces directly use air for this purpose. There are various types of furnaces which are powered by oil and natural gas.
Furnaces and boilers work in different ways. In a furnace based system, first, the air is heated within the unit. After that, it is forcibly blown through the ductwork fitted throughout the building. On the other hand, the boilers or hydronic systems heat the building by sending hot water through the pipework fitted throughout the floors and walls of the house. After that, the water is cycled back through the boiler and is reheated and redistributed.
There is a difference between humid heat and dry heat. The two systems heat the house in different ways so the heat produced by them also feels different.
You may think that the heat produced by a boiler will be moist or humid because it uses water to transfer thermal energy through the pipes. But this is not true. The material utilized in the piping system is made of a non-porous material. So the boiler provides clean and dry heat.
A central heating system which is based on a boiler can produce warmer or cooler rooms depending on the size of the place that is being heated, the insulation and the windows. This is because the system’s effectiveness is directly proportional to the amount of piping throughout the house.
Whereas furnaces produce heat with moving air. Their presence is more noticeable because of the regular air movement. They have to be equipped with the sterilization technology otherwise they can blow microorganisms and dust. Despite this, furnaces heat a house much more uniformly and effectively than a boiler.
Boilers and furnaces function in a different manner so their maintenance schedules also vary. Boilers have to be serviced once a year while furnaces have to be serviced at shorter intervals. The air filters in the furnace based systems have to be changed monthly or seasonally. The quality of the air in the building is influenced by the cleanliness of the filter so it is advisable to replace it often.
However, the maintenance costs of a furnace are much lower than that of a boiler. Both the systems have some benefits and limitations. So you can decide which is more suitable for your family, building and budget and choose the best one.
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