Do you have a furnace or a boiler?
Sounds like a simple question and it is, yet if you are not familiar with “technical” terms, it can be confusing.
Boilers heat water that circulates through the home and gives off heat … known as forced hot water heating. Furnaces heat air that is distributed throughout the house … called a forced hot air heating system.
|How heat is distributed||Heats water which flows throughout pipes that radiate heat throughout the home.||Heats air that is forced throughout the house using a blower motor.|
|Maintenance requirements||Needs to have excess air bled from the system periodically, recognized when rooms are not heating up correctly.||Filters need to be changed or cleaned on a regular basis, from once a month to once a quarter.|
|How temperature is controlled||Typically installed with multiple zones, each with it’s own thermostat so you can set the temperature differently for living areas versus bedrooms.||Forced air systems historically were controlled by a central thermostat.|
|Energy efficiency||Multiple zones are recommended to reduce heating costs to only the rooms you need at any given time.||Uses electricity to power the fan motor. A variable speed fan motor is more efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars per year.|