Media Heating Guide: Boilers vs. Furnaces

One issue that some Media homeowners face when they’re thinking about getting a new heating system is whether they should get a boiler or a furnace. There are distinct advantages to both systems and your decision will largely be based on your current situation and your budget. In this blog post we will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. If you have other questions, contact your local Media heating company to speak to a trained heating technician.

The Difference Between Boilers and Furnaces

Let’s start out with some general information about the two systems. A boiler does just that: it boils water. The water is circulated throughout your house in copper or PEX pipes and gives off its heat through a number of different components including radiators in each room.

A furnace, on the other hand, heats the air and uses a fan and duct system to circulate the air to each room in your house.

The Advantages of a Furnace

One main advantage of furnaces is that they are typically less expensive to purchase than a new boiler. The furnace’s fan system, when it is run without the heating element, can be used to cool your home when paired with a central AC.

The Advantages of a Boiler System

Boiler systems typically are much quieter to run. There isn’t a moving fan which can create a lot of noise. Boilers can provide more even heating throughout your house.  Finally, because a boiler doesn’t move air around, it may reduce the amount of allergens that are passed into your home’s air supply.

The Bottom Line

If you’re at the point where you’re ready for a new heating system and are open to installing either system, then the choice may come down to budget and personal preference. Some people prefer the heat provided by a furnace and vice versa. If you have questions about putting in a new furnace or boiler in your Media home, then call the heating experts at Cool It Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help you analyze your heating needs and take your budget into account as well. Contact us today.