Although boilers and furnaces are appliances that serve the same purpose – keeping your home warm – they work differently. And if you are building or renovating a property – or even if you are in the process of replacing an HVAC appliance – it is interesting to know a little about both systems to understand which one would be ideal for you.
To summarize, boilers are devices that heat and store water – this hot water and the steam generated will circulate through your home through pipes and will come out through radiators – or will heat the floors through an internal system of pipes, for example. Furnaces heat air, which will be distributed throughout the property through ducts.
Of course, that’s a simple description – in addition, there are a number of other differences between the two handsets. And that includes running, maintenance and monthly expenses. Check out more on the subject below.
Burnaby Boiler or Furnace? How to Choose
Let’s start with a topic that usually carries the most weight in this purchase decision: yes, price. It should be noted that there are a multitude of types and sizes of both boilers and furnaces. But in general, furnaces are cheaper devices.
In addition, we have already moved on to the second point: installation. In this item, furnaces also tend to do better, as they can usually be fully installed in a matter of a few hours. Boilers, on the other hand, especially larger models, can take a few days to be ready to work 100%. Due to the more labor-intensive installation, this step also usually costs more in the case of boilers.
When it comes to maintenance, we always emphasize the importance of having a specialized professional checking if everything is ok with the device annually, right? This goes for any type of HVAC appliance, and obviously includes furnaces and boilers. But apart from that, boilers in general need less maintenance, since furnaces need to have their filters changed every few months to ensure both air quality and the health of those who live in the house.
When it comes to efficiency and monthly expenses, boilers in general tend to be more economical, since it costs less to heat the house using hot water. Finally, it must be said that both devices are made to last for many, many years. But in general, boilers tend to last less (up to 20 years) than furnaces, which have a lifespan of up to 30 years.
How to Choose?
Finally, which one is better? How to make this choice? And the truth is, there is no absolute best or worst, but what is best for your home and your lifestyle. If you want to spend less on equipment and installation, furnaces are a good choice. For those looking for a device that needs less frequent maintenance, boilers can be the best option.
Anyway, if you are in the Burnaby or Greater Vancouver area, you can contact us at Nation and we can both answer your questions on this subject and advise you on the ideal device. We also have qualified professionals for both installation and periodic maintenance. To contact us, click here.