When you have never had the opportunity to own your own, many people do not know the ins and outs of their heating system as the landlord assumed responsibility if required maintenance and any issues arose. But once you own your house, you may have some questions as to the heating system in your home. Some are under the false presumption that furnaces and boilers are one in the same, but there are in fact two types of heating systems, boiler or furnace systems. To help clear up any confusion, we at NY NJ AC Connection would like discuss the differences between furnaces and boilers.
Furnace VS Boiler Pros & Cons
Boiler Heating Systems: There is a considerable difference between a boiler and furnace. A large tank of water is heated by a gas burner, a method known as hydronic heating. The heat exchange process that warms your house is known as radiant heating. Depending on the type of boiler, the heat can be distributed throughout the home by two different ways. The first method heats various objects and people in the different rooms by way of under-floor pipes that heat up the floors. The second is similar to radiators and baseboard heaters where the heat comes from endpoints installed throughout the home.
Advantages of Boiler Systems: Those who experience both furnace and boiler heating systems prefer the boiler as opposed to the forced-air heating system, or the furnace system. Some examples of the benefits include:
1) A high-quality boiler tank has longer longevity than other heating systems, even with less maintenance required for care.
2) Those who have experienced both heating systems consider the heat transfer from radiant heating, or the boiler, more comfortable that forced-air heating, or furnaces.
3) With a highly-efficient boiler, there are fewer moving parts are required to generate heat, resulting lesser repairs in comparison to furnace units.
Gas Furnace Systems: A gas furnace is a forced-air heating system. This method requires the home’s air ducts, which is the metal tubes that circulates the cool or heated air produced from the AC and heating systems that is then dispensed through the various vents found throughout the home. A concealed location such as the attic space or crawlspace is generally where the furnaces are installed, where they are connected to the blower fan that A/C unit uses too. Furnaces are powered by either an electric or natural gas source. Heat is created through a gas furnace when it ignites a burner, where the heat then moves through the heat exchanger. To deliver the warmth, air from your home is sucked in by the blower fan and moves the air across the heat exchanger.
Benefits of a High Efficiency Gas Furnace: Being that furnaces are the most common heating system used in homes, they do bring a few advantages.
1) A furnace installation is more cost effective for a home already designed for its use, complete with the air ducts and it takes up less space than a boiler.
2) The furnace is a highly efficient method to heat a home when it is properly sized and adequately installed.
Furnace & Boiler Heating Services in Manhattan, New York
No matter which heating system is more appealing to you, the experts of NY NJ AC Connection can help you decide which system is better for you and your home. Call us today to get started on your heating services.