Boilers are common central heating systems, but they can be costly if wear and tear leads to leaks and inefficiency. If your boiler is past its prime, you may want to look into converting to a furnace.
Both furnaces and boilers are widely used today, and each one offers specific benefits and drawbacks.
While boilers circulate hot water or steam throughout your home to provide heating, furnaces distribute warm air through a duct system.
Why Make the Switch from a Boiler to a Furnace?
If you currently own a boiler and are looking for a change, consider installing a furnace. Below are some areas in which a furnace outperforms a boiler:
- Initial Purchase – The upfront cost of a furnace is much less than that of a boiler. Furnaces on average cost around $2,000-$7,000 (depending on whether it is powered by gas or electricity), including the installation.
- Furnaces Don’t Leak – If you currently have a boiler you may have dealt with water leaks, which can require a huge and costly repair. Because furnaces do not use water at all, you never have to worry about leaks destroying your property.
- Furnaces Don’t Freeze – The water in boiler systems is at risk of freezing when the temperature drops or if there is a power outage in winter, which can damage the entire system and cause pipe ruptures. With furnaces you don’t have to worry about this at all.
- Maintenance Costs – Furnaces are more common than boilers, therefore repair companies often have more knowledge on this type of equipment and are better at troubleshooting and repairs.
Types of Furnaces
If you’re installing a furnace for the first time, know that there are two types: gas and electric.
Most furnaces are fueled by natural gas, but electric furnaces are often cheaper and have a longer life expectancy (20–30 years).
Don’t Forget the Ductwork
Furnaces provide a reliable and easy way to heat your home or office, but the unit itself is not all you’ll need. Because furnaces circulate air throughout your entire home or office they require ductwork, which can be difficult and costly to install.
To ensure your ductwork is installed properly, the U.S. Department of Energy has created a useful guide with tips and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your new heating system. Adequate ductwork will make a huge impact in the overall efficiency of your heating system; installing it properly will pay off down the line.
Regardless of where you are in the conversion process, Pro HVAC Service can offer you guidance.
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If your heating unit is getting old, your energy bills are going up, or your space is being heated inconsistently, it could be time to make a change.
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