Boilers are still a viable and efficient home heating option. Modern homes and buildings more commonly use forced air and furnaces to heat the interior. So, some see boilers as an antiquated choice. But, boilers are made with the same energy efficient guidelines and use the same eco-friendly natural gasses that furnaces do. So, even though they aren't as popular, they are still very efficient and productive for some properties.
Why Are Boilers Less Common?
Boilers are an older form of central heating because they are more well-suited to older buildings. For example, older buildings were traditionally made of solid brick or stone walls. But, modern buildings have metal or wood framing that is encapsulated in drywall or fiber boards. That is, the actual construction of most modern buildings makes them more suitable for central furnaces.
A furnace essentially burns fuel to create a flame that heats up air. This air, in order to be efficiently circulated throughout the building, needs to pass through rather wide ducts. But, older buildings with solid walls don't have enough space for such wide ducks. This makes them ideal for boilers, which heat water which is circulated throughout much smaller pipes. These small pipes are mostly set inside the walls, crawlspaces, floors, and ceilings of a building. Hot water flowing through the pipes heats up the surfaces, and then this heat radiates into the rooms. There are also wall mounted radiators that in most rooms where the user can control the water flow and essentially control the heat in that space.
Why You Might Prefer a Boiler
There are a few reasons that homeowners might prefer boilers over furnaces. First of all, you might be forced to use a boiler because of the construction of your house. Boilers can also be more easily retrofitted to existing construction. That is, if you wanted at central heating to an apartment building, you probably don't have the rights to actually open up the walls and install a central duct system for a furnace. But, a small boiler can be mounted on a wall in the utility room, and then pipes can be run along the wall with small radiators in each room.
It is also worth mentioning that many people just prefer boilers because they preferred radiant heat rather than forced air. The forced air from the furnace can be breezy and create a draft. This can make the air feel dry.
There are still many great reasons to install a boiler. For more information, contact a company like Purvis And Foster Inc.