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Furnaces vs Boilers: Which is More Efficient?

If your heating system has failed you recently, the search for a new one should be two pronged. Is a furnace the option for you, or is a boiler going to be the choice? The decision depends on the following factors:

How Does a Furnace Work?

  • Furnaces heat air through a motor and duct system that distributes warm air throughout your home.
  • Furnaces can run on electricity, propane, natural gas and oil.
  • Furnaces are common in new homes because they tend to be cheaper and easier to install. In some climates they may also be more efficient.

How Does a Boiler Work?

  • Boilers heat your home by heating water.
  • Once it boils, that steam is moved through your home through a series of pipes that disperse heat through radiators.
  • You can have radiant floor systems, baseboards or they heat air through a coil.
  • They can run on wood pellets, gas or electricity.

Which Is Better?


  • They tend to be cheaper and less hazardous.
  • Furnaces don’t contain water so there is no threat of leaks or plumbing issues.
  • Furnaces tend to be less efficient.


  • Boilers use less fuel to heat your home which means lower costs to you.
  • Boilers are quieter than furnaces.
  • Boilers tend to be harder to install and they take longer to heat to a desired temperature.

Here at Levine & Sons, we service boilers, furnaces and any kind of heating system you might be using. We have seen this technology evolve over our 90 years in business and we are the right team to handle it. Our Red Carpet Treatment makes you feel like a King and Queen!

To schedule a heating appointment, call 1-888-LEVINE1 or contact us online for fast and easy service!

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