For areas that experience a long and severe winter weather, a boiler heating system is the ideal choice.
- The only real draw back of this type of heater is the lack of a centralized cooling option.
There are climates where this isn’t a concern. If the main priority is heating, a boiler can handle a big workload. The difference between a furnace and a boiler is mainly how they distribute heat energy throughout the home. A furnace requires a duct system and sends heated air through the pipes to vents located in each of the rooms. Unfortunately the ductwork tends to allow a great deal of the heated air to escape. There is the potential for contaminants to be introduced into the living space. The heated air tends to rise straight up toward the ceiling and only fall back down when it cools off. By comparison, a boiler heats up water and circulates it through a closed loop system. The process is silent, safe and avoids any introduction of allergens. The pipes can be linked to any combination of baseboard heaters, radiators or radiant heated floors. There’s even the option for towel warmers or an outdoor snow melt system. As a hydronic system, boilers can heat up a room much faster and don’t cause issues with insufficient humidity. This type of heating is often recommended for people who suffer from asthma, allergies or respiratory sensitivities. Another benefit of a boiler is the easy set up of zone control. Accommodating nearly any size or layout of home, the system includes independent thermostats on each floor or in every room for customization of temperature settings. Targeted heating eliminates the need to heat unoccupied spaces and also caters to personal preferences.