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HEATING

HOT TO CHOOSE: BOILER VS FURNACE

04/20/2023

HEATING

HOW TO  CHOOSE: BOILER VS FURNACE

04/20/2023

With many options to choose from for your heating system, it can be difficult to decide which to go with. We’re here today to break down the difference: Boiler vs Furnace – How do they work? Which is better for your needs? Keep reading to explore your options.

Boiler vs Furnace: What’s the Difference?

You’ll find both options are common heating systems for residential and commercial buildings. They produce and distribute heat differently. Simply put, boilers use hot water to heat your home, while furnaces use hot air. So how do you choose which to install in your home?

What is a Boiler?

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Firstly, let’s get into what a boiler is and how it works. As you have read already, boilers heat your home with hot water. The hot water is heated with either natural gas, oil, or electricity. As the hot air or steam moves through the pipes throughout your home, the heat circulates via cast iron, ceramic radiators, baseboards, or radiant floor heating. All hot gases are then pushed outdoors in order to maintain the appropriate pressure in the boiler system. Finally, the cold air returns back into the boiler for it to be heated again.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Pro Tip: Identify where your pilot light is located.

 

Your pilot light should be a transparent blue tone.

 

If it’s a warmer hue like orange or yellow, you should contact your HVAC technician to examine the problem. It’s commonly a sign of low levels of fuel or evidence of carbon monoxide.

 

And if it’s a red hue, you may have dust or tar accumulated in your system.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

What is a Furnace?

Next, let’s uncover how the furnace works. You may have heard of furnaces producing ‘forced air heat’. What this means: The furnace heats the air and distributes heat throughout your home by passing through the ducts. The register near the floor draws in cool air to be re-heated again.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Gas furnaces: A pilot light or electric ignition lights the natural gas or propane in the burner.

 

Electric furnaces: Air passes through the heat exchanger and is then heated by the burner or heating element. The blower motor moves heated air moves through the ductwork.

To get a more comprehensive knowledge of furnaces, you may find this article by Family Handman informative.

How to Choose Between a Boiler vs Furnace

boiler vs furnace

For those with respiratory issues, allergies, or skin concerns, it’s important to note these bullet points to find the right system for you. Some key points to consider before making your final decision:

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

To find out more about our 5 Star Heating & Cooling Service Plan call us today at 604-245-8970 to learn more about how our service plan can save you money.

To find out more about our 5 Star Heating & Cooling Service Plan call us today at 604-245-8970 to learn more about how our service plan can save you money.

Conclusion

In summary, choosing between a boiler and a furnace is up to preference. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It all comes down to your personal preference and your budget. If you’re looking to cut down on utility expenses over the long term, opt for a high-efficiency system that will be a great investment for years to come!

Contact High Mark Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling for Your Heating System Replacement or Installation

Are you having difficulty deciding whether to go with a boiler or furnace for your replacement or installation? Our friendly customer service representatives can assist you with booking your FREE In-Home Proposal in the Greater Vancouver area including Downtown Vancouver, New Westminister, Okotoks, and surrounding areas.

With many options to choose from for your heating system, it can be difficult to decide which to go with. We’re here today to break down the difference: Boiler vs Furnace – How do they work? Which is better for your needs? Keep reading to explore your options.

Boiler vs Furnace: What’s the Difference?

You’ll find both options are common heating systems for residential and commercial buildings. They produce and distribute heat differently. Simply put, boilers use hot water to heat your home, while furnaces use hot air. So how do you choose which to install in your home?

What is a Boiler?

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Firstly, let’s get into what a boiler is and how it works. As you have read already, boilers heat your home with hot water. The hot water is heated with either natural gas, oil, or electricity. As the hot air or steam moves through the pipes throughout your home, the heat circulates via cast iron, ceramic radiators, baseboards, or radiant floor heating. All hot gases are then pushed outdoors in order to maintain the appropriate pressure in the boiler system. Finally, the cold air returns back into the boiler for it to be heated again.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Pro Tip: Identify where your pilot light is located.

 

Your pilot light should be a transparent blue tone.

 

If it’s a warmer hue like orange or yellow, you should contact your HVAC technician to examine the problem. It’s commonly a sign of low levels of fuel or evidence of carbon monoxide.

 

And if it’s a red hue, you may have dust or tar accumulated in your system.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

What is a Furnace?

Next, let’s uncover how the furnace works. You may have heard of furnaces producing ‘forced air heat’. What this means: The furnace heats the air and distributes heat throughout your home by passing through the ducts. The register near the floor draws in cool air to be re-heated again.

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

Gas furnaces: A pilot light or electric ignition lights the natural gas or propane in the burner.

 

Electric furnaces: Air passes through the heat exchanger and is then heated by the burner or heating element. The blower motor moves heated air moves through the ductwork.

To get a more comprehensive knowledge of furnaces, you may find this article by Family Handman informative.

How to Choose Between a Boiler vs Furnace

boiler vs furnace

For those with respiratory issues, allergies, or skin concerns, it’s important to note these bullet points to find the right system for you. Some key points to consider before making your final decision:

boiler vs furnace blog post by High Mark Plumbing

To find out more about our 5 Star Heating & Cooling Service Plan call us today at 604-245-8970 to learn more about how our service plan can save you money.

To find out more about our 5 Star Heating & Cooling Service Plan call us today at 604-245-8970 to learn more about how our service plan can save you money.

Conclusion

In summary, choosing between a boiler and a furnace is up to preference. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It all comes down to your personal preference and your budget. If you’re looking to cut down on utility expenses over the long term, opt for a high-efficiency system that will be a great investment for years to come!

Contact High Mark Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling for Your Heating System Replacement or Installation

Are you having difficulty deciding whether to go with a boiler or furnace for your replacement or installation? Our friendly customer service representatives can assist you with booking your FREE In-Home Proposal in the Greater Vancouver area including Downtown Vancouver, New Westminister, Okotoks, and surrounding areas.

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In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of https://highmarkplumbing.com.