What Do You Have: A Furnace or a Boiler? - Globe Petroleum

What Do You Have: A Furnace or a Boiler?

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Here is some information you should know that will give you a working knowledge of how your oil-heat system works.

To begin with, your oil heating system can be either a furnace or a boiler. Both of these heating units will keep you warm; knowing what type of system you have will be helpful if a problem arises. If it’s something minor, you may be able to correct it yourself. And if you need to discuss something with our oil-heat service technician, you will at least have some understanding about how your heating system operates.

What is a furnace?

A furnace refers to the heating unit in a warm-air, or forced-air, system. After air is heated in the furnace, a blower forces it through ducts. The warm air is then released through vents or registers in your home.

What is a boiler?

If you have a hot-water (hydronic) system, water circulates around your boiler’s combustion chamber. A circulator pumps the hot water through pipes to heat baseboards or radiators. Eventually, the water returns to the unit to begin the cycle again. If you have a steam system, the boiler turns the water into steam, which then rises through pipes to radiators.

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If you think it’s time to replace your old furnace or boiler, please contact us about your options. Today’s oil boilers and oil furnaces offer homeowners a great opportunity to increase their comfort while decreasing their energy usage.