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Boilers Age Differently Than Furnaces

This is a topic that homeowners probably understand inherently but they don’t know why. You’ve heard of old boiler systems being used for decades at a time, while furnaces becoming inefficient and falling apart after just one decade. What’s the big difference? Don’t they both provide heat? And if boilers last longer than furnaces, why do people overwhelmingly choose furnaces as the most common heating system in our area?

Well, we’ll answer all of these questions using some science. Boilers do last longer than furnaces, but there’s a big caveat to this. We also want to make sure that homeowners understand boiler maintenance in Radium Hot Springs, BC is necessary for a system to reach the full extent of its lifespan. Without maintenance, both boilers and furnaces will fall short of their goals and will run inefficiently or break down prematurely.

Forced-Air Vs. Radiant Heat

Forced-air heating systems are units like furnaces and heat pumps that heat the air of your house rather than the walls, floors, or anything else. Radiant heaters are systems like boilers that radiate heat through the walls and floors of your home. Many homeowners prefer the radiant heat of a boiler to forced-air heating, because it feels like the warmth of the sun’s rays that permeates through objects.

However, forced-air heating systems have a lot more intricate moving parts than boilers, and this is what leads them not to last as long.

More Fast-Paced, Moving Parts

When a furnace creates hot air, it needs to cycle that hot air through your home. This is done through a blower fan and your air ducts, which is powered by electricity. This giant electric fan needs to properly propel the air through your home as it’s created, which adds a whole new section of moving parts that will wear down after 10 years of operation.

Boilers use pressure and water to radiate heat through your home. This involves a lot less wear and tear on the components and allows for a bit more durability. That all being said, boilers still require yearly maintenance.

Boilers Represent an Older, More Durable Method of Heating

You’ve all seen the stereotypical boiler in movies that has lasted for 50 years or more. While no boiler should be used after its 20th birthday, there is some truth to this claim. Boilers represent an older and more durable method of heating that has been utilized since ancient times. Even the ancient Romans used to heat their homes with boiled water that came directly from the aqueducts.

If you’re looking for a reliable radiant heating system that lasts through the decades, then a boiler might be perfect for you.

The True Cost

Look, we’re not writing this blog to steer people away from purchasing furnace systems in favor of a boiler. And we definitely don’t want you to replace your furnace system if it’s still working efficiently and effectively as it should be. In fact, boiler installation can be more intensive and expensive than furnace installation, which is why homeowners to this day will still choose forced-air heating over radiant heating.

Choose your heating system based on your comfort, your ideal type of heat, the fuel source you have available to your home, and your budget. Leave the rest to us!

Contact Shift Air Mechanical B.C. for more information about boiler installations and maintenance. Shift Air tests, doesn’t guess!

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