When installing a propane-fired heating system in your home, your primary options are a boiler or furnace. Both units act as the heart of your home’s heating, but they keep your home warm in significantly different ways.
The good news is, regardless of whether you have a boiler or furnace, using propane or heating oil to heat your home means that you’ll enjoy robust heat. Here is some information to help you understand the difference between a furnace and a boiler.
A furnace system—also called a forced-air heating system—uses an oil or propane-fired burner to heat air. Then, the furnace’s blower propels this heated air into your rooms through ducts. Consequently, you need ductwork for a furnace system.
Furnaces have some definite advantages for home heating, including the following:
However, there are drawbacks to furnaces. These include the following:
Unlike a forced-air system, a boiler does not require ducts to keep you warm. Instead, it works with your home’s plumbing. As the name suggests, a boiler heats a tank of water. Either steam or heated water travels through pipes to radiators or a radiant flooring system, which heats your home.
Many people contend that boilers systems provide the highest quality of heat:
There are also cons to boilers:
The technicians at Poore’s Propane and Oil have done more furnace and boiler installations than just about any team in Delmarva and eastern Pennsylvania. If you want to upgrade from an old, inefficient boiler or furnace, we can help you find the ideal replacement and install it quickly and with minimal disruption.
Be aware, though, changing from a boiler to a furnace system—or vice versa—can be complicated and expensive. However, our friendly, experienced technicians can help you find a heat solution that matches your needs and budget. Plus, we can provide service for years to come and repairs when necessary. Your comfort is our top priority!
If you’re interested in installing a new boiler or furnace, it’s a good idea to start the process early. Contact the Poore’s team today, and we can provide a free estimate.