Understanding the differences between boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps is important in order to make informed decisions regarding your HVAC system.
Boilers, furnaces and heat pumps are the three most popular tools used for indoor heating. As a homeowner, you may be a little confused when choosing the right heating system for your home. In order to make an informed decision, you need to know how each of them works and the pros and cons of each system.
As the name suggests, a boiler helps to produce hot, boiling water. The hot water is then circulated through the pipes to baseboard heaters installed in various parts of your home, which eventually helps keep your home warm in the winter months.
Costs Associated with Boilers
A new boiler may cost you around $2,000 or more, depending on the size and heating capacity of the device. A condensing boiler is usually more expensive. You need to get the boiler installed by professionals, which will further increase the cost. Installation charges vary depending on the structure and size of your home. If properly installed and regularly maintained, the system will run for years.
How A Boiler Works
Most boilers run on oil and natural gas. Incompetent or outdated boilers may require more costly fuels. Check how much fuel is required to keep a certain amount of space in your home warm. This will give you an idea about the energy efficiency of your boiler.
Furnaces work by using a type of fuel to heat some coils inside the tool. The heat is then transmitted through air using a motorized blower. The warm air flows through the ducts installed in different parts of your home and thus keeps the home warm.
Costs Associated with Furnaces
You can either use electrical furnaces or gas furnaces. The former type is smaller in size and less efficient than the latter. Gas furnaces are often a better choice, when natural gas is readily available. However gas furnaces require regular maintenance to prevent gas or carbon monoxide leaks. You need to avoid installing an oversized furnace to avoid paying unnecessarily high energy bills. On the other hand, an undersized furnace may not be able to heat your entire home efficiently.
How A Furnaces Works
Furnaces typically run on propane, natural gas, or electricity. Highly energy efficient furnaces receive star ratings from The U.S. Department of Energy. You can also check the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating of a furnace to judge its energy efficiency.
Heat pumps work by using electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space. This helps to keep a comfortable temperature inside your home both in the summer and winter months.
Costs Associated with Heat Pumps
The cost of installing a heat pump varies according to a number of different factors. Your local HVAC contractor can evaluate your home’s needs and give you an estimate.
How a Heat Pump Works
A heat pump does not produce heat itself. This means that heat pumps work in warm weather conditions, but are not effective in extremely cold weather conditions.
St. Louis Heating Company
To learn more about which method of heating can best serve the needs of your family, call Air Excellence today at (636) 980-0998! We have been serving St. Charles and St. Louis counties since 1985 and would be happy to answer your questions.