Whether you’re having a new home built or need to replace a dying heater, making a decision about what type of heating system to equip your living space with can be overwhelming. The most common way to heat a Chicagoland home is with a furnace, which requires a network of air ducts to carry heated air into the various rooms. Heat pumps are another popular form of forced-air heaters that rely on a ventilation system, and they can also be installed as a ductless system.
A Chicago, IL boiler installation can benefit you in many ways. Boilers operate differently from forced-air heating. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems may utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.
Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard choice, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good choice.
They Save Energy
Boilers usually cost more to install upfront than furnaces do. We understand this can be an inconvenience—but please hear us out. Although the initial cost is more, over time it costs less to run a boiler than it does a furnace.
This is because water is a much more effective method to transfer heat than air is, and therefore boilers can heat your home more efficiently, saving energy and saving you money. This can result in hundreds of dollars in savings for you throughout the lifespan of your heater, when you make the change from a forced air system to a boiler system.
They’re Durable and Long Lasting
Due to the nature of how a boiler system works, it’s constructed with far fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pump systems. Forced-air systems have multiple motors and a blower fan in order to operate, while the only major mechanical moving component on a boiler is the circulator pump.
This lower number of mechanical parts means that boilers undergo less stress in order to function. You can expect a boiler to outlast most other types of heating systems: while heat pumps have a 10–15 year average lifespan, and furnaces typically 15–20, boilers can last up to three decades when cared for properly by a professional!
Boilers Require Less Maintenance and Repairs
Because of the low number of moving parts, boilers have one more benefit: it takes less to keep them properly maintained, and they will also encounter fewer repair issues than other heating systems. So long as boilers receive annual inspections and tune-ups, they should give you relatively trouble-free service throughout their lifespan.
Boilers Provide an Even Distribution of Heat
One of the problems that some homeowners have with forced-air heating systems is that they tend to blow out heated air that simply collects at the top of a room. It can take a while for enough hot air to accumulate before it spreads out through a whole space to provide you with full comfort. The radiant heat coming from boiler systems, though, moves evenly throughout a space.
You’ll want to ensure you have the assistance of a heating professional when it comes to your boiler installation. Be sure to speak to a member of our staff today, and we’ll help you schedule your installation and expert boiler services to ensure your heater works well for the years to come.
Contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today for all of your heating service needs in the Chicagoland area.