Tired of having to constantly make repairs on your furnace? Are you dissatisfied with the air quality in your home?
It could be time to retire your furnace and finally make the upgrade from furnace to boiler.
The two most common types of household heaters are furnaces and boilers, and which one you choose can have big repercussions. Below we will discuss the benefits of a boiler and what it will take to replace your furnace.
Boilers vs. Furnaces
Boilers and furnaces are the two most common central heating systems found in the U.S. They are distinguishable by the way they produce and distribute heat.
While a furnace heats the air and circulates it through a ventilation system, a boiler circulates warm water or steam via pipes throughout your home to produce heat.
Both systems have a lifespan of about 15-20 years. If your unit is nearing that age or your energy bills are slowly creeping upwards, it may be time for an upgrade.
If you currently have a furnace, you may simply upgrade to a more energy efficient furnace. However, you may want to consider some of the benefits of switching to a boiler heating system.
Why Make the Switch from a Furnace to a Boiler?
Each system has its own benefits and challenges. If you are considering making a switch, here are a few differences to note:
- Noise – While furnaces use a fan that can produce a loud humming noise, boilers don’t have a fan component and are much quieter.
- Air Quality – When furnaces circulate air they pick up dust and allergens and spread them throughout your entire space. Boilers avoid this because they don’t distribute air throughout your home or office.
- Costs Over Time – Boilers often cost much less to maintain since they don’t require the same regular filter changes as furnaces. They also tend to be more energy efficient, which saves you money on your monthly utility bill.
- Efficiency – In general, heating systems have become more efficient over the years (by up to 20-30%), so a new unit can make a big difference. A good resource to help you find out if a new boiler will benefit you is this quiz designed to help you measure the efficiency of your furnace from Energy Star. If a new boiler will be more energy efficient it will also save you money.
The Costs of Converting
When compared to a furnace, a boiler system may be a better fit for you. But before you make a decision, it’s important to understand the costs of such an upgrade:
- Costs of a New Boiler – Depending on a variety of factors such as size and efficiency, the price range of boilers is wide, but a standard boiler typically costs anywhere from $3,000–$8,000.
- Costs to Remove Your Existing Furnace – If you are upgrading from a furnace to a boiler, your furnace will have to be removed. A removal fee can be anywhere from $400 to $700.
- Permits and Inspections – Some locations require a permit and/or a fire inspection before you change or replace your current heating system. Permits are usually $50–$300, and a fire inspection is less than $100. Check with your local municipality to see if either of these are applicable in your location.
When your current heating system is no longer working for you, it’s important to do a thorough investigation of your situation to find out what you can do.
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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. If you want more information on what you can do to save money and make your home or office more comfortable, Pro HVAC Service can help.
Pro HVAC Service partners with a network of heating specialists that can diagnose any issues and help you choose and install the heating system that will best serve you.
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