Boiler systems are sometimes seen as outdated and less ideal than forced air systems. While they may be less common than forced air heaters (likely because they cost a bit more upfront) boilers do offer some benefits for homeowners. Take a look at these benefits of choosing a boiler system over a forced air heating system. If you believe these benefits would make your life easier, you should consider choosing boiler heating for your new home.
Boilers are more friendly for allergy sufferers.
Forced air heating systems can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers. The ducts can become a harboring point for all sorts of allergens from mold spores to pet dander. Then, when the heat turns on, these allergens are spewed through the home, irritated the allergy sufferer's nose and eyes. Boilers don't have ductwork – just closed pipes through which the hot water or steam travels – so they don't disturb allergens or provide a place for them to hide. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, choosing boiler heating may make for a more comfortable winter and may even reduce your dependence on allergy medications.
Boiler systems are quieter.
Forced air heating can be noisy. Not only are there blowing noises when the heat is on, but ductwork often makes a pinging or banging noise as it contracts and expands due to heat exposure. This is not an issue with boiler-style heating, which is generally silent. If your radiators do make any hissing or squealing noises, this is a sign that they need to be adjusted – and adjusting them should render them silent.
Boiler systems provide more "comfortable" heat than forced air systems.
With a forced air system, the air is heated directly. The floors and walls often stay cooler, making you feel chilly if you touch them. When a boiler system heats your home, the heat "radiates" through the floors, walls and ceilings and is also passed on to the surrounding air. This leads to a more comfortable, warm feeling. You won't get a chill if you step on the floor barefoot. Also, after a boiler system switches off, the radiators still have some lingering heat, so they continue to keep the room warmer. With forced air, as soon as the heat turns off, your room starts cooling down again until the heat switches on again.
If a heating system that is quieter, cleaner and makes your home more comfortable sounds good to you, talk to a heating contractor (such as one from A Absolute Plumbing & Heating) in your area to learn more about boilers.