If you are currently in a situation where you have to make a decision about a heating system for a new home, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of choices available. The most common way to heat a home is with a furnace, which must have a network of ducts to carry heated air to the various rooms. Heat pumps are another form of forced-air heating that relies on a ventilation system (although there are also ductless mini split heat pumps).
A boiler system, on the other hand, is an option that runs differently from forced-air heating. A boiler uses radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves through the space. Boilers can use radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth around a house.
Selecting a boiler for winter heat is a major choice, but there are a number of reasons that you may wish to make this your choice for your new home heating in Burlington, VT:
Boilers use less energy
Boilers tend to cost more to install upfront than furnaces, but they also cost less to run over time. This is because water is more effective at transferring heat than air, so boilers provide heat much more efficiently. This can mean hundreds of dollars in savings when you change from a forced-air heating system to a boiler system.
Boilers last longer
Boilers are constructed with far fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps. Forced-air systems have multiple motors and a blower fan in order to work, while the only major mechanical moving part on a boiler is the circulator pump. The lower number of mechanical parts means boilers undergo less stress as they work. You can expect a boiler to outlast most other types of heating systems: heat pumps have a 10 to 15 year average lifespan, furnaces a 15 to 20, but boilers can sometimes last 30 years.
Boilers have easier maintenance and fewer repairs
The low number of moving parts helps boilers in another fashion: it takes less to keep them maintained, and they will encounter few repair issues compared to other systems. As long as boilers receive annual inspections and tune-ups, they should be relatively trouble-free for most of their services lives.
Boilers offer an even spread of heat
One of the flaws with forced-air heaters is that they tend to blow out heated air that simply gathers at the top of a room. It can take a long time for enough hot air to accumulate before it spreads out through a whole space for full comfort. The radiant heat coming from boiler systems, however, moves evenly through a space. There are fewer cold spots, and rooms heat up much faster.
You’ll need help from heating professionals when it comes to deciding on a new heating installation. Speak to one of our team members today and they’ll help you schedule the expert service you need to end up with the best heater for a new home.
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