What Is a Gas Boiler?

Many homeowners choose furnaces to heat their homes; however there are several options out there when it comes to keeping your home comfortable in the winter. One of these many options is a gas boiler.

When it comes to boilers, many people are skeptical. This is due to the fact that there is not much information out there about how a gas boiler works to heat your home. Because of this, the HVAC experts at Michael Bonsby HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical have outlined a brief overview of gas boilers and how they work.

How Does a Gas Boiler Work

A gas boiler heats water using gas then sends this heated water through a system of pipes throughout your home. This then heats systems like radiators, baseboards, and radiant heating to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Benefits of a Gas Boiler

The benefits of a gas boiler are that your home receives heat that is clean and gets distributed evenly. Furnaces blow hot air around your home which rises and collects in pockets—leaving other areas of your home feeling cold and drafty. Heating that comes from baseboards, radiant floor boards and radiators is clean and distributes evenly throughout a space.

Another benefit is the minimal maintenance a gas boiler needs. A good gas boiler may only need to be checked and maintained bi-annually while a furnace will require yearly maintenance and regular filter changes every one to two months.

Negatives of a Gas Boiler

Gas boilers can be more expensive to install than a regular furnace. Installing a furnace can be relatively inexpensive when compared to installing a gas boiler, especially if you don’t already have the piping in place throughout your home.

Should You Install a Gas Boiler in My Maryland Home?

The answer to this question comes down to what you prefer. If you are looking for the maximum level of comfort and don’t mind paying a higher installation price to get this comfort then a gas boiler can make a great choice for your home. You will benefit from cleaner air that has not had all the moisture removed from it and your home will no longer have those drafty spots. If you can’t justify the price of a new gas boiler and your home has previously felt comfortable enough just using a furnace then you may want to stick with this type of heating.

If you would like to learn more about the different heating choices you have for your home, contact the team at Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help you explore all the options finding the right choice for your home.

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