Considering how popular forced air systems are across the country, it may seem odd to prefer a boiler system over a furnace. If you dig a bit deeper into how a boiler works, however, you’ll find that there are a number of benefits that it offers over other systems.
Have a look at the following benefits to see if a boiler system is right for you.
One of the first things you need to know about a boiler system is the difference between using air and water to deliver heat. Water is actually a much better conductor of thermal energy than air is, making it a more efficient medium for delivering heat. If you use a radiant heating system, your heating bills will often be noticeably lower than if you used a forced air system.
Radiant systems also avoid some of the major pitfalls that forced air systems fall into. For example, almost 30% of a forced air system’s heat is lost to things like duct leakage. A radiant system not only uses a more efficient thermal medium, it uses a more efficient delivery system as well.
In forced air systems, especially downflow furnaces, hot air pumped into a room will immediately rise to the ceiling. This wastes a lot of heat because the warm air will only sink as it cools, making it of little use to the room’s occupants. Radiant heating, on the other hand, often transfers thermal energy through water pipes underneath the floor of a room. These pipes radiate heat up through the floor, transferring into other solid objects without relying on air. This keeps heat from being lost by air rising to the top of a room. A boiler heating system can provide a much more comfortable heating experience by using this method.
A boiler system can be a great heating system upgrade, if you have it properly planned and budgeted. If you are interested in upgrading to a boiler system, call Sunset Air. Our HVAC professionals conduct heating installation and replacement service throughout the Olympia region.