What Is The Difference Between a Boiler And a Furnace?
Most homes today have either a furnace or a boiler to provide the main source of heat. While many people assume that these two types of appliances are pretty much the same thing, there are actually many differences between the two that every homeowner should better understand.
Process For Making The Air Hot
One of the main differences between furnaces and a boiler is how the two heating options actually heat the air.
A boiler will heat the air using hot water that comes in through your home’s water supply, which is then heated in a separate water tank.
Furnaces, on the other hand, use a forced air process to warm up the air. The air is heated using gas and heating oil and is then heated up through a heat exchanger, which is included in the appliance.
Distribution Of Hot Air
People with furnaces have their heated air pushed through ductwork that’s placed strategically throughout their home. The heated air will then reach each room through individual vents.
With a boiler, the heated water will be circulated through a variety of different pipes. These pipes will then be passed on to different endpoints in the home, which typically will include baseboards and radiators.
Time To Heat
Furnaces and boilers don’t take the same amount of time to heat a room. Through a forced air system, furnaces are normally able to heat a room in a very quick manner.
Due to the process of using a hot water tank with a boiler and having water pass through a variety of pipes, boilers can take longer to heat a room.
Boilers have a silver lining thought — they tend to be more affordable for installation and maintenance and monthly bills.
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