Boilers have been in use as home heating systems for a very long time. Though they are fairly popular compared to other heating systems, there are plenty of homeowners who are completely unaware of why they should ever consider installing boilers. In the interest of helping you explore all of your options for home heating, let’s take a look at 3 of the reasons that you should consider boiler installation.
Boilers Are Often Better Heaters
The most common type of heating system for boilers is called “radiant heating.” It involves the installation of a network of water pipes in the subfloor of each room. The boiler then heats water and distributes it through these pipes. As the pipes heat up from the water, they transmit their heat through the floor and into the room.
Water is a much better conductor of heat than air is, making boiler systems much better at transporting heat throughout the house. This method of heating also heats rooms much more evenly as opposed to warm air, which rises to the ceiling of a room and creates uncomfortable cold spots.
Boilers Are More Efficient
As previously mentioned, water is a better medium for actually transporting heat from one place to another. The other thing that needs to be considered, however, is the actual mode of transportation. Forced air systems can lose up to 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That’s a significant loss of heat simply because of some improperly sealed ducts. Boiler systems, on the other hand, have far fewer leaks on average. This makes them able to deliver far more of their heat with very little lost or wasted.
Boilers Are Sturdy
Boilers are some of the most durable heating systems on the market. They last 5-10 years longer than other systems, on average, and can even be passed down through multiple generations if they are properly maintained. You won’t find that kind of staying power in any other system.