What is the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler?

Many homeowners know that they have a heating system installed in their home, but don’t know whether it’s a furnace or a boiler.

You need to know which type of system you have so that you can know how to keep it running efficiently. You also need to know which type of heating system you have in case it experiences a problem. If possible, locate the model type and number from the side of the system and write it down. The heating professional you call for help is going to need to know what kind of unit he or she is coming to service.

What is a furnace?

Furnaces use a forced-air system. Air is heated inside the unit, and a blower distributes it through vents, ducts, and registers in your home. If you have vents/registers in your home, you have a furnace.

What is a boiler?

Boilers heat water by using a combustion chamber. Another device in the unit pumps the warmed water through pipes in baseboards and radiators. If you have baseboard radiators, you have a boiler.

How are they alike?

Regardless of which type of unit you have installed, there is one thing that all heating systems have in common: they all require routine, annual maintenance. It’s important for you to have a heating professional inspect and clean your unit each year. During maintenance appointments, many potential problems can be caught and addressed, before they become bigger headaches.

At Oncourse Home Solutions, we offer a comprehensive and affordable Heating Maintenance Plan. Coverage includes annual maintenance service for one furnace, boiler or heat pump. Exclusions and restrictions may apply. For complete information on the plan, including applicable terms and conditions, see the Customer Agreement.