Is Boiler Heating Right for Your Home?

Most Americans need reliable heating to get through winter comfortably. And most of those rely on natural gas furnaces. But, boiler systems are a tried-and-trued technology that many still use. If you've been wondering whether boiler heating is a good option for your home, this blog's for you.

How Does Boiler Heating Work?

A boiler heats up water or steam then moves that heated medium out to baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems. If you have air ducts, the boiler could also heat a coil that air can be blown over for a more conventional application.

However, if you're just going to blow air over a hot coil, you might as well get a conventional furnace. They tend to be more efficient, and they're relatively inexpensive.

The real advantage a boiler can deliver would be via the aforementioned radiant system. Radiant flooring is a really luxurious way to heat your home. Warm floors make your whole body feel warmer even with a lower overall air temperature than what you might be used to.

And there are other benefits. A boiler configured with zone heating allows you to heat the areas of the home you're using instead of being forced to distribute hot air to every corner of the building. That could save you a not insignificant amount of energy.

And the Downside?

Boilers can be fairly costly to install. Plus, all the piping required means that retrofitting an existing home with radiators can be extremely labor intensive. Finally, you must keep the piping at a minimum temperature to prevent them from freezing.

Of course, the other side of furnaces and ducts is that you can loose a considerable amount of heat from ducts in partially or unconditioned spaces. With a high efficiency boiler, that wouldn't be an issue. So, really, what will or won't be most efficient comes down to the particulars of your home.

If you're interested in a boiler, give us a call, and we can go over some options for your home.

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