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All the Pros and Cons of Using a Boiler to Heat Your Home


Are you building a new home? Or perhaps you’re unsatisfied with your current heating system and looking for something better? A boiler is a great option for home heating, and as you weigh that possibility, you should have as much information as possible. We’ll lay out for you exactly what’s great about a boiler, and we’ll also explain the potential downsides.

Energy Use

If you’re concerned about your impact on the planet, or your heating bill’s impact on your wallet, you should know that a boiler is more efficient than forced-air systems of heating. Heat transfer through water is more effective than it is through the air, so it simply takes less energy to spread heat throughout your home. 

Repair Needs

Forced-air heating systems have many more moving parts than boilers. This means there are more potential points of failure. Boilers have a circulator pump, but none of the motors and fans required for forced-air heating. This means that a boiler generally requires many fewer repairs throughout its lifetime, which is another way that a boiler can save you money. It’s also lovely to avoid inconvenience and stress by having fewer problems with your heating. And when you do need boiler repair in Grand Rapids, MN, it’s likely to be for a smaller problem.


Depending on the type, heat pumps and furnaces often last somewhere between 10 and 20 years. Boilers, on the other hand, can last 30 years with regular maintenance. This is again because of the simplicity of the system and decreased points of potential failure. This means less strain and wear and tear on the system overall. This is a third way that you can expect to save money by having a boiler: replacing your heater every ten or even twenty years is a huge and frequent investment that you could avoid.


Because of the nature of forced-air heating systems, it’s easy for most of the heat to accumulate up near the ceiling, where you really don’t need it. The temperature throughout your house can be uneven and unsatisfying, and it can take a lot of time for the warmth to even out. The radiant heat supplied by a boiler through radiators, baseboard registers, or piping through the floor is more evenly distributed and provides greater comfort. 


This is the biggest factor that may make you reluctant to consider a boiler. It is a larger initial investment, and the installation may also be more costly or time-consuming if you are switching from a different type of heating system. It’s important to get a clear idea of exactly what the difference could be by speaking with a professional about your home and your heating needs. And don’t forget that with lowered utility bills, decreased repair needs, and no need to worry about replacement for decades, you will have plenty of time to recover that initial investment. 

Reach out to Mesaba Heating & Air Conditioning today for all your home heating needs. Service to you is success to us!

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