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A Simple Breakdown Of The Pros And Cons Of Boiler Heating

If you are building a new home, one of the decisions you'll need to make early in the design phase is what type of heating system you want. The home needs to be built to accommodate either duct from a forced air system or pipes to carry hot water or steam from a boiler. Many homeowners just pick forced air because it is the most common and they see it as "standard." However, boiler systems do have their place, and it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. 

Pro: Boilers lead to improved air quality.

Indoor air quality is vitally important, especially if someone in your home suffers from allergies. Boiler heating generally results in higher air quality than forced air. This is because the boiler does not spew air all over the place like a forced air system -- so any dust in your home stays stable rather than being taken up into the air. Not only does this mean easier breathing, but it also means less dusting.

Con: Boilers are more expensive to purchase.

This is one reason why forced air systems have become so common. They're cheaper! If you are really trying to cut costs, you may want to go with forced air, but the difference is likely to be $1,000 or less. Boilers are less expensive to power, so you will eventually recoup the difference in cost in the form of energy savings... though it may take a few years.

Pro: Boilers don't make noise.

Forced air systems make blowing noises when they kick on, and you may hear the ducts crack and crinkle as they expand. This noise might wake a sleeping baby or young child. Boiler systems -- especially brand new ones -- operate with virtually no sound at all.

Con: Boilers can leak.

Boiler systems do use water, so when one of the pipes or the boiler itself springs a leak, you can have a big mess to clean up. This is unlikely when the system is new, but it is something to keep in mind for 15 years or so down the road once the boiler nears the end of its lifespan.

Pro: Boilers create a comfortable heat.

When you have boiler heating, whether it is paired with standing radiators or floor pipes, it helps keep your surfaces (and not just the air) warm. You won't have such cold feet in the winter as you will with forced air, which tends to keep the air but not the surfaces warm.

Contact a company like Schweitzer Bros Co Inc for more information and assistance.