Often, when you hear people talking about their home’s heating system, they usually call it “the furnace.” It’s a catch-all phrase commonly applied to all heating systems.
Knowing which one you have is important, so you can learn how to properly use it so you maximize its efficiency and thus minimize your heating costs.
Remember, whether you have a furnace or a boiler, an annual maintenance tune-up by a professional service technician like those at P. Gagnon & Son are needed to keep it running properly and efficiently.
Boilers use heated water to heat your home and work two ways.
Steam boilers distribute steam through pipes to radiators. Hot water boilers sent hot water through baseboard radiators, under-floor radiant floor systems, or a coil that heats air.
Boilers provide several advantages.
However, boilers are a more complex heating system than furnaces, so they are more expensive to install.
A furnace heats air and circulates it around your home to keep it warm.
The return brings air into the furnace, where it is heated. The blower sends the heated air into the ductwork, which circulates it around your home through vents.
Furnaces are the most popular kind of heating system for several reasons.
On the flip side, because the heat from a furnace is only coming into rooms through the vents, the heat may not be distributed evenly, leading to there being cold spots in spaces.
There are ways to help your furnace work more efficiently.
A clean air filter is essential to protecting your furnace and keeping it running at its best possible efficiency. Check your air filter every month and change as needed.
Furniture, curtains, and other objects close to vents can impede the heated air from circulating around a room, making your furnace work harder and driving up energy costs. Go around your home and move those obstructions so the heated air from the vents can circulate freely.
Trust P. Gagnon & Son for quality installation, maintenance, and repair of your furnace or boiler. Contact us today to schedule a service!