February 05,2020

Difference Between Boiler & Furnace

A furnace and boiler may sound the same thanks to many people incorrectly using them interchangeably. Both are parts of home heating systems, but their similarity almost ends there. Whether you need to have your boiler or furnace fixed or you are ready for a new installation, knowing the difference can help you decide. When you call your local trusted plumber, it is important to know the difference between the two so that they can properly prepare for your issue.

Learn the difference and similarity between the two here. If you have any questions or concerns, the professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are ready and willing to help. You can call at any time of the day thanks to our 24/7 emergency service.

So, What Is A Furnace?

As mentioned earlier, a furnace is a home heating system. A furnace uses air to heat your home and is referred to as an air-forced heating system as well. Here is a quick summary of how a furnace works. Use this knowledge to roughly diagnose the issue with your furnace before calling the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

  • A thermostat is installed in the system to detect the temperature. Falling temperature triggers the system and calls for heat.
  • There are electric and gas furnaces. Electric furnaces utilize a heating element to warm up while a gas furnace lights the natural gas or propane in the burner via the pilot light or electronic ignition.
  • The air pushing through the heat exchanger is heated by the burner or heating element.
  • The blower forces the heated air into the ducts where it is distributed throughout your house or business.
  • Cool air is drawn through the return registers near the floor and the process repeats with the thermostat tracking the heat.

What About A Boiler?

A boiler uses hot water instead of air to heat your home or business. Further, instead of ducts, it is radiators, cast iron, baseboard systems, or radiant floor heating that delivers the heat throughout your building.

  • Water housed in a tank is heated by a heat source such as natural gas, oil, or electricity.
  • Either steam or hot water flows through the pipes and circulates through the buildings radiant heating system.
  • A ventilation system is activated to release excess hot gases and maintain pressure in the boiler system.
  • The water cools down as it reaches the end of the radiant system and loops back into the boiler to be reheated as the process begins again.

Which Is Better for My Building?

To be frank, a boiler is more preferable among a variety of criteria. Furnaces blow air that can blow allergens and dust, making it uncomfortable for allergy sufferers. Furnaces are also much louder and less comfortable as the air blowing can be cold at times. A boiler does not pose a humidity problem as furnaces may require a humidifier to moisten the dry air. Furnaces also require more maintenance as the filters that catch airborne debris must be changed regularly.

If you are interested in a furnace or boiler installation, call the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We specialize in installations as well as repairs. Our friendly staff and certified plumbers are available at all times. We look forward to helping you efficiently and affordably heat your home.


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