Many homeowners know the boiler and furnace’s primary function is that they are the central heating systems used to heat the living space. But the systems are entirely different in how they heat the residence, and so the maintenance requirements of both are also different. Picking the right system for your home depends on several factors like your place’s size, climatic conditions, and much more. It is essential to look at how each system works to determine the best system for your needs. Here are the main distinctions between a residential boiler and a home furnace. 

What do the Boiler and Furnace Heat?

A boiler, also known as a hydronic heating system, heats a fluid, usually water or glycol, to pump heat into your living space through small pipes. This heated fluid is pumped through the hydronic heating system to these pipes that are connected throughout your home. On the contrary, a home furnace uses fuel like gas, oil or electricity to create heat. It heats the air and pushes it through the ductwork of your residence using a blower.

How does the Boiler and Furnace Disperse Heat?

Depending on the type of heat dispersal, a boiler either creates hot water or steam. The hot water moves through baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems or raises the air temperature using a coil. The steam is dispersed through the steam radiators. While for home furnaces, a blower or fan is used to distribute heat through ducts in your residence. The hot air is dispersed, making use of the vents in the walls, floors or ceilings.

What Energy Do a Boiler and Furnace Run On?

Depending on the type of boiler in your home, it uses energy like natural gas, oil, electricity and even wood to create heat for your comfort. On the other hand, depending on the type of furnace in your home, the system uses various energy sources, including electricity, natural gas, propane or oil. 

How Often a Boiler and Furnace Require Maintenance??

As both systems operate differently, they have different maintenance requirements. Boilers are an excellent year-round heating system, i.e. they require little to no maintenance other than an annual service tune-up done by a professional. Where a home furnace is concerned, they require a yearly inspection and need to change air filters monthly or quarterly; this majorly depends on how much dust exposure your system is subject to. However, to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or natural gas leaks, it is crucial to have both types of these systems checked once a year by a professional.

If you are in Edmonton, Capital Plumbing and Heating have got you well covered for this. Our team of experts is reliable and provides quality assistance in installing and maintaining boilers and furnaces for your home.