Our team at All About Care Heating & Air, Inc. specializes in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. We know all about various heating systems, including furnaces and boilers. Many homeowners are fortunate enough to not have to pay close attention to how their heating system works or even which type they have–at least, until something goes wrong. To help you be prepared for such a crisis, we have put together a guide to how both types of systems work.

Furnaces work via forced-air heating, meaning that they keep you warm by warming up the air in your home. Gas burners or electrical heating coils heat the air in the heat exchange to the temperature set by the thermostat, and once the air reaches that temperature, it is then distributed throughout the home via a system of blowers and ducts.

Boilers, on the other hand, provide radiant heat, which heats the objects in a room rather than the air. In a boiler system, a natural gas flame heats a tank of water, and the hot water is then pumped through a series of pipes and into radiators throughout the house. The radiators distribute heat to the rooms around them, warming the furniture, floors, and other objects more quickly than a forced-air system does. For this reason, many people prefer boilers as their method of heating, as it means that they can set the thermostat a few degrees lower and still feel comfortably warm.

If you have a boiler system and are experiencing problems with it, or simply want more information about how best to maintain it, you can call our team at All About Care Heating & Air, Inc. to consult with one of our experts.