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Marietta Homeowners, Boiler Or Forced Furnace?

Dec 13

Marietta Homeowners, Boiler Or Forced Furnace?

Marietta homeowners must realize that your heating system will eventually need to be replaced. How can you determine which upgrade is the best for you?

A boiler or furnace is the best option to heat your home. How can you choose the most efficient and economical heating system? Here's a comparison of forced air furnaces to hot water boilers.

Boilers do more than provide hot water. Boilers are also useful for heating your home. Hot water is circulated via a network of pipes, radiators, producing heat that radiates throughout your residence to heat baseboards, floors, and walls.

Different boiler models use specific energy sources such as electricity, oil, or gas to heat the water. Gas is the second most affordable choice, after electricity. Oil boilers can be more efficient but are also more expensive.

Types Of boilers

There are many different types of boilers available to heat your home.

  • Standard - A conventional boiler is able to heat your house quickly using two tanks to store cold water and one to hold heat.
  • Sealed system – A sealed boiler is best for homes between 1000 and 2500 square footage. It is possible to heat water and store it in one cylinder.
  • Hydronic boilers are water heaters that heat water and push it through a piping system to radiators in your home. Hydronic boilers offer quiet heat and are comfortable.
  • Radiator boilers are still used in older homes. They heat water with hot steam or water. These boiler heaters provide efficient heat and are reliable and easy to maintenance.

Installation costs and prices

The price of a boiler can vary depending on what type it is. For a top-quality model, it could cost as much as $10,000. The average price to install a boiler heater is $3,500-$8,000

Annual Cost to Operate

The fuel you use to heat your boiler will have an impact on how much it costs.

  • Electricity - $500
  • Natural gas - $240
  • Oil – $500


You should consider the maintenance costs of updating your heating systems. Minor repair costs on average range from $100 to $360.

To heat your home more efficiently contact a HomeAdvisor contractor in Marietta.

Furnace - Forced Air Heating

A furnace heating unit uses an exchanger to heat and distribute the air through ducts using a fan. By using slatted radiators in each room you can control the temperature to your desired level of comfort.

Types Of furnaces

There are many options available when it comes to furnace types.

  • Gas furnaces – These efficient heating options are both safe and comfortable. This type of heating can be used with natural gas in an underground pipeline.
  • An electric furnace is a device that heats air using electricity.
  • Propane and diesel oil - Both propane oil and diesel furnaces require fuel tanks which must be refilled. The pilot light heats up the air and forces it through heating vents by using a fan.

Installation and Cost

The price of a forced furnace will vary depending on the model that you choose. Expect to pay between $700-$2,000 on average. Installation costs for the furnace range from $700 on an electric furnace to $1200 on a gas one.

Annual Cost to Operate

Depending on where you get your energy, your furnace's annual cost will vary.

  • Natural gas: $850
  • Electricity: $900
  • Propane fuel - $1,550
  • Oil – $820


Budgeting for maintenance and repairs is a must as with all appliances in your home. Repairs cost on average between $60 and $280.

For more information on heating your home with a furnace or boiler, please visit the following link. Call a HomeAdvisor heating or cooler contractor at Mariet.


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