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Choosing Between Radiant vs Forced-Air Heat

As a homeowner, you want to be sure you have an effective heating system. Winter can become unbearably cold at times, so you need a warm home to get away from it all. However, many Northern Virginia are not certain which piece of equipment to choose in the debate between boiler vs furnace. At Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we can’t tell you the best home heating options because we think there are advantages and disadvantages to each. What we can do is provide you with information and guidance to make the best decision on your own.

Understanding the Differences Between Radiant and Forced Air Heating

Before you decide which type of furnace is right for you, it is important to understand the three major differences between radiant heat and forced air. These include:

  • With a forced air system, air travels through the room and collects dust, bacteria and other pollutants that had settled in the heat duct. This means that you need to be mindful of keeping your ductwork clean
    . Radiant heat does a better job at keeping your home dust-free.
  • Hot air that travels through your heating vents from a forced air system tends to rise towards the ceiling. This can provide inadequate warmth of your ceiling is not properly insulated. A service technician from Winter’s Comfort Services, Inc., can let you know if your home is sufficiently insulated.
  • Many homeowners report that heat is more evenly distributed with a boiler using radiant air than a furnace using forced air. You are more inclined to notice hot and cold spots with a forced air system.

Advantages of Forced Air Furnaces

When it comes to boiler vs furnace, the lower cost of installing and maintaining a furnace is its primary advantage. Furnaces are also relatively simple to use and require only a few basic operating components. They are also energy efficient, especially when used in conjunction with a programmable thermostat. Lastly, forced air systems can be used as an all-in-one HVAC system to heat and cool your home whereas boilers utilizing radiant heat can only be used for heating.

Advantages of Radiant Heat Boilers

If people in your home can’t agree on a temperature setting, radiant heating may be the ideal option for everyone. Boilers come with zone control technology that enables you to set different temperatures for every room in the home. Since there are no baseboards, ducts or grills to install, radiant heating is often the more aesthetically pleasing option. For people with allergies or asthma,a boiler keeps triggering substances like dust, pollen and smoke out of the air. This is a good option for people who value convenience over cost savings.

Whatever your choice, be sure to check out the coupons on our website to see how we can save you money on new installation. We are here to help you throughout the entire heating services process – from choosing and installing a system to regular maintenance. Contact us today for more information.

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