Ask some people what type of heating system they have, and they will answer “a furnace” – when what they actually have is a boiler.
The differences between these two pieces of equipment (and the type of systems each works within) are significant – and knowing which one you have could prove quite helpful when the time comes to troubleshoot a problem with a heating technician.
A furnace is the key component in a “forced air” system – that is, a system with vents rather than radiators or baseboards.
The furnace burns fuel (such as heating oil) to heat a volume of air, then uses blowers to push that warmed air through a series of ducts and into your living space until it reaches the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. Once the temperature is reached, the burner shuts off; if temperatures drop below your thermostat setting, intake vents draw the now-cooled air from your home back into your furnace for re-heating.
Three keys for keeping a furnace working at its best:
A boiler is the heart of a “hydronic” (water-based) system. A boiler burns fuel to heat water, then pumps it through pipes and into your baseboards or radiators; eventually, the water returns to the unit to begin the cycle again (a steam boiler operates more or less the same way as a hydronic boiler, but converts water into steam before sending it through to your radiators and baseboards).
Four keys for keeping a boiler working at its best:
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