Letâ€™s be honest: most people donâ€™t know all that much about their HVAC systems, other than that they keep up warm when itâ€™s cold, cool when itâ€™s hot, and when they break, no one is happy. Many people wouldnâ€™t be able to name the differences between a furnace or boiler, much less which one is more efficient for their climate! When it comes to the intricacies of HVAC systems, most of us leave the details to the professionals.
Thatâ€™s where we come in! While you can rely on HVAC companies to keep your systems up and running, thereâ€™s a lot to gain from learning some heating basics yourself. Understanding the differences between furnaces and boilers and which is best for your personal energy needs may save you some money in the long run!
Is a Furnace or Boiler More Efficient?
While we would love to just toss out a cut and dry answer here, the truth of the matter is that there are many things to discuss when weâ€™re talking about selecting your ideal heating system. For example if we were talking about furnace installation, would you be choosing gas, oil, or electric furnaces? Those sorts of things matter. And beyond that, thereâ€™s the question of what â€śefficiencyâ€ť even means.
The three big ones are energy efficiency, or how much fuel a system requires to keep you cozy, cost-efficiency, or how much a system will run you to purchase and have installed, and maintenance considerations. They are all tied together, and are all important.
Are Boilers or Furnaces More Energy-Efficient?
In terms of fuel consumption there are a few details that can change this. You can find 80 AFUE boilers, and you can find 98 AFUE furnaces. But if weâ€™re talking at the baseline system, the one most homeowners are going to purchase, boilers tend to be more fuel efficient (and actually more powerful, too) and thus tend to cost less gas/electricity to operate.
Are Furnaces or Boilers Easier to Maintain?
While you should generally seek yearly maintenance on any heating system, boilers are actually simpler machines and more hardily constructed on average. That makes them last a good deal longerâ€”an average of 15-20 years, sometimes even 30 compared to a furnaceâ€™s 10-15.
Which Is More Cost-Efficient?
This topic ties into the other two, since the maintenance and fuel costs of a system should very much be considered, but the upfront purchase is a big deal for many of us, and thus its worth focusing on all its own. In this category furnaces tend to be cheaper to purchase initially and have installed; this coupled with their high availability is why most homes have furnaces in the first place. However, keep in mind that boilers are cheaper to operate and require less overall maintenance, meaning they often cost less in the long run.
Which System Is Best for My Plano Home?
As you may expect at this point, it depends! Your current budget matters, the needs of your home, whether you want to go gas or electric, your heating preferences (forced air or radiant), and your overall expectations of your heating system. It all makes a difference, and thatâ€™s why thereâ€™s no cut and dry answer.
When looking for a heating system installation it is absolutely imperative that you find experts that can put your needs first and help you pick the best choice for you, not just some cookie-cutter option or the most â€śpopularâ€ť choice.
Looking for boiler services or furnace service experts who can help you decide which of these HVAC options are best for you and your home? Contact Total Air & Heat of Plano today to discuss your heating needs with our certified professionals!