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Radiant vs. Forced-Air Heating for Homes

pressure-gauge-boilerFrom time to time, we hear people use the terms “boiler” and “furnace” interchangeably. However, these are two very different systems, and we believe that difference is important to know if you own a home in our area.

While furnaces use forced-air ventilation systems, as with your air conditioner, boilers use an entirely different type of system for radiant heating. Learn more about these differences—and find out which may be the better choice for your home—in today’s quick guide!

Forced-Air Heating

Forced-air heating systems connect to the ductwork in your home and include gas and electric furnaces as well as heat pumps. While these systems have different ways of heating a home, the commonality is that they use air to transfer heat.

Advantages of forced-air heating include the low cost of installation and the ability to use gas or electricity. In fact, a heat pump is a high-efficiency electric heating system that can save quite a bit of money every year.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heaters work a lot differently. They emit heat into a room, typically through a hydronic boiler that heats water before moving it through pipes around the home or to endpoints like radiators and baseboard heaters. While electric radiant heating systems were once common, they are rare due to the large amount of energy they use.

Radiant heating systems are an investment, especially if your home is not already set up for one. However, you’ll experience heating like never before. Heat radiates through the floors and walls, which is one of the most comforting ways to receive warmth.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the same system is not right for every home. Boilers cost quite a bit of money but also last longer than furnaces and save money each month. Furnaces are a low-cost investment, though, and there are many efficient systems these days.

Talk to a qualified technician to get a better feel for what’s the right fit for your home.

Schedule a consultation for your new heater in Denver, CO with Cool Sunshine Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

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