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Should I Install a Furnace or Boiler?

radiatorIf your only concern is whether your home is being heated or not—and whether the monthly energy bill is staying at a reasonable rate—you may not have given much thought to how your heating system works. But even if you’re already satisfied with the system inside your home, it won’t hurt to know how furnaces and boilers work. And when it comes time to replace your current heating system in Salt Lake City, UT, you might find that one is more suited for your needs than the other. In this post, we’ll break down some differences between the two to help you decide.


Furnaces generate hot air through electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil. A fan—known as a blower—blows that hot air through your home via a system of vents, known as the ducts. Since these heaters are generally less expensive, they’re more commonly found in areas with only moderate cold in the winter.


Boilers use natural gas, oil, electricity, or wood to heat water. That warm water is then dispersed through baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems. The resultant heat rises from the floor to fill your rooms with heat. There are also versions that generate steam and send it through classic radiators (like the kind pictured above), but these can be less efficient.


Ducts vs No Ducts

Furnaces play nicely with central air conditioners. They’ll use the same set of ducts to operate, so they won’t need to go unused during the colder season. If you already have a central air conditioning system, then installing a furnace can be the natural next best decision.

Boilers won’t use any kind of ducts, but this can be a good thing. Ducts need to be cleaned and repaired after several years of use, otherwise, they can lead to serious energy loss. Boilers can heat your home evenly without any kind of duct system. Plus, the hot air blown around from a furnace can be dry and contribute to lower indoor air quality.

Installation Costs

Furnaces are definitely the winner of this category. In a price comparison of furnaces and boilers, prices for new furnaces range from $660 to $3,500. As for boilers? The prices can start at $3,500 and go as high as $10,000. However, also consider that the type of fuel source used for either heater will also change the installation price.

Maybe one reason for the price difference is that furnaces are quick and easy to install, taking as long as a few hours. Boiler installation can take a couple days.

Efficiency and Operating Costs

Where the furnace can give you a quick and easy heating solution, the overall efficiency and operating costs might have you reconsidering the boiler’s price tag.

The radiant systems used by a boiler will ensure that your home is heated much more efficiently than with a duct system. This, for one, will help reduce unnecessary energy costs. On top of that, boilers operate by heating water, which is much more efficient. Overall, the annual costs to operate a boiler are going to be cheaper.

Is it time to consider a new heater? Contact At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today to find out which system is best for you.

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At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides excellent heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services throughout the greater Salt Lake City, UT area, including the installation of new systems and components, and the replacement of the old, as well as ongoing repair and maintenance. Established in 1980, we have served the home comfort needs of our local community for over 30 years. Whether you need your stop and waste valve replaced or a new "green," energy–efficient HVAC system installed, we can make sure that the job is completed properly. Our HVAC contractors are NATE–certified and we employ Master and Journeyman plumbers. We are confident in our ability to satisfy any issue that may arise in your home, 24 hours a day. Give one of our friendly staff members a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

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When it comes to ensuring that you are comfortable during the winter months in Salt Lake City, you need to make certain that you have an excellent heating system. We offer comprehensive heating services in Salt Lake City, including installation, replacement, repair and maintenance services for a wide variety of equipment, including boilers, furnaces, and radiant heat systems. Whether you’d like to save more on your energy bills from month to month with an energy efficient heater or you want to retrofit a zone control system into your existing furnace setup, we provide heating solutions.

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For truly year–round comfort, your home needs an excellent air conditioner. At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air offers excellent air conditioning services throughout the Salt Lake City, UT area, from AC repair to maintenance, installation to replacement. We can make sure that your entire home is cooled to your satisfaction, no matter how hot and unpleasant it gets outside. We want you to feel comfortable in your home, and we have the experience and expertise to make sure that this is the case.

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During this very unusual time, we have put a plan in place to do our part to help keep our community safe. First and foremost, we are going to stay CALM, PATIENT, KIND, and POSITIVE!

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

Because we have a direct impact on the indoor environment, here are practical steps we are going to take to keep people safe:

  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover our nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Wash our uniforms every day including cleaning our belts
  • Stay home if we are feeling sick
  • Offer a warm smile and friendly greeting instead of a handshake
  • Wear shoe covers and latex gloves in homes and businesses
  • Wipe down surfaces and equipment touched in a client’s home with disinfectant wipes
  • Wipe down door handles, steering wheels, gear shift lever every day
  • Wipe down pens, clipboards, tablets, cell phones, and anything else passes between techs and clients.
  • We have masks on each truck and will wear them at client’s discretion (Currently the CDC does not recommend that people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • We are complying with all recommendations and guidelines from state agencies and will be proactive in our efforts to see that our team members and clients are protected.

As the situation unfolds, we will take each day one at a time and ensure we are being smart, supportive, and helping all those we can in our community.

Thank you for your continued support!