If you are thinking about how to heat your new home, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important decisions, with regards to heating, is choosing if you are going to heat your home using a furnace or a boiler. Both appliances have certain advantages over the other. That being said, furnaces are far more common and more widely used in residential properties. This article will explain the perks of installing boilers.

When Boilers are More Practical

For some properties, boiler installation is more practical and efficient. Basically, a boiler heats water that is then circulated throughout pipes within your home. The heated up pipes radiate warmth through your walls, floorboards, and mounted radiators on the walls. Boilers are particularly common in homes that are made out of brick or don't have cavities within the walls. Most homes that have drywall are more easily fitted with metal duct systems that are used on furnaces. But, if you are building a home that won't have these convenient cavities, installing central ducting is going to be far more tricky.

Boilers are Efficient

Even though boilers seem like an old fashion choice, they are actually very efficient. Modern boilers are built with energy efficiency in mind. That is, you shouldn't have any problem finding an efficient boiler that will be powerful enough to heat your home, no matter how big it is.

One of the most important things you need to consider if you are going to install a boiler is what type of fuel you are going to use to power it. Of course, your boiler will be partly powered by electricity, but fuel will produce the heat. Propane is a great gas that has high efficiency rating. When it comes to reading the efficiency of boiler fuels, you need to look at the AFUE, or annual fuel utilization efficiency. This is basically a standardize measurement that calculates what percentage of burned gas is converted to energy. For instance, a high efficiency boiler can convert over 90% of the burned fuel into electricity. This is definitely what you should be looking for. Old boilers and furnaces might have ratings that are closer to 60%. Natural gas boilers are also popular. Your fuel choices partly depends on where you live and what is readily available through your public utility services. Regardless of what fuel your boilers use, it is an efficient way to heat your home.