Boilers and furnaces are the two most common heating systems in the country, and homeowners are always asking which one would serve their needs the best. Boilers have a number of advantages over furnaces. They’re more energy efficient, heat the house more evenly, and solve a lot of the specific issues that furnace-based systems run into. However, boiler-based systems have their own set of issues that must be considered before installing them. Read on for an explanation of when a boiler is your best heating installation choice.
When You’re Installing New Flooring
The most common form of boiler heating is called “radiant heating,” and relies on installing hot water pipes in the walls or subfloor of each room you want heated. This kind of system heats the room much more evenly, as mentioned above. It also avoids the massive heat loss that many furnaces experience by relying on ductwork. However, installing this kind of system can be very involved if you weren’t already planning on tearing up the floor of the rom. If you’re building a house, of course, this is a much easier system to install.
If You’re Trying to Save Money
Despite the increased upfront investment for installation, boiler systems are often extremely energy efficient compared to furnaces. This stems primarily from the issue of ductwork. As mentioned above, furnaces lose a great deal of their heat to leaks in the ductwork of a home. The US Department of Energy estimates that as much as 30% of a system’s heat on average is lost this way.
Radiant systems utilize their own network of pipes for delivery, which are obviously designed to be completely watertight. Add to that the fact that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is, and you end up with a great deal more heat being delivered to the rooms of the house instead of being lost in transit.
Boiler-based systems are a great choice for home heating, just as long as you know what you are getting into when you install one. If you’d like to know more, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment today. We provide quality heating installation service throughout the Anderson area.