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Boilers, Furnaces & Heat Pumps: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to deciding on a home heating system, there are several pliable options for you to choose from. While many homeowners are familiar with three of the most common options — boilers, furnaces and heat pumps — often times they’re not 100% sure how each system functions and what the true difference is between the three.


Boilers – As their name denotes, boilers produce heat by boiling water and dispersing it throughout the home via an intricate piping system. Homes that rely on boilers for heat will use radiators or baseboard heating to deposit hot air around the entire house. A boiler can be powered by either gas or oil, and the cost to install a boiler is dependent on the size of the home.

Furnaces – Unlike a boiler, a furnace does not require a pipe system or boiling water to create a warm atmosphere. Instead, furnaces produce heat by igniting a set of coils and blowing the warm air through a duct system. Furnaces can run on oil, gas or electricity. However, electric furnaces tend to be less effective that the other two alternatives.

Heat Pumps – Dissimilar to boilers and furnaces, heat pumps do not create their own heat but rather work to redistribute existing heat to spaces throughout your home where it would be most valuable. Running on electricity, the main goal of a heat pump is to make heating your home more efficient by regulating temperatures. Heat pumps are often paired with backup electric heating systems to help keep temperatures inside the home warm on extremely cold days.

No matter what home heating system you’re interested in installing or servicing the Tyler Heating & Air Conditioning team has the experience and industry knowledge needed to help! Our thoroughly and continually trained technicians can help walk you through your options to help you decide which heating option is best for your budget and home.

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