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Springfield, PA Heating Systems: Boiler or Furnace?

Spring is an ideal time to think about upgrading your existing heating system. As it begins to warm and we move into the cooling season, it’ll be comforting to know that when winter once again hits in Springfield, PA, you’ll have a new heater to keep you home warm and comfortable. When it comes to finding out what type of heating system to choose, you may find yourself divided between a boiler and a furnace. Both are tried and true heaters, and are widely recognized as standards of the modern home. In this post, we would like to break down some of the differences between these popular heating systems. For heating installation in Springfield, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between boilers and furnaces:

  • Fuel. Both boilers and furnaces can rely on either natural gas or electricity. While electricity is generally more efficient, because there is little wasted combustion exhaust, natural gas can be more cost-effective, depending on your locale. Gas furnaces and boilers are common, and each will be fitted with some type of ignition apparatus and safety device to ensure that the combustion chamber does not fill with fuel if it cannot be lit.
  • Heat distribution. All furnaces use roughly the same principle of distribution: an air handler blows hot air into ductwork to distribute heat throughout the house. There will be duct registers at the base of walls and often in the ceilings. Boilers, on the other hand, have roughly two distribution systems, depending on whether they use hot water or steam. Hot water boilers use either copper baseboard piping with aluminum fins, hot water radiators, or some combination thereof. Steam boilers use specially designed steam radiators to produce a pleasant humidified air during the dry winter months.
  • Advantages? Both systems are great and have their own advantages, depending on what your current system is and what you expect from your heating system. Hot water boilers can also heat the water for your home, thus removing the need for a separate water heater. For some homeowners, that’s a definite plus.

We hope this helps you understand a bit more about furnaces and boilers. Whatever system you choose, the key is professional installation from a reputable company. For Springfield, PA heating installation, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing Heating Cooling Services today! 

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