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Marietta Homeowners - Boiler or Forced air Furnace

Dec 13

Marietta Homeowners - Boiler or Forced air Furnace

By HVAC Service Marietta

Marietta homeowners have to know that you will need to replace your heating system. How can you choose the right upgrade for you when it comes?

A furnace or boiler is the best method to heat your home. How can you decide which system will be the most cost-effective and efficient? Here's how to tell the difference between hot water boilers or forced air furnaces.

Boilers provide hot water to your family. Boilers can also be used for heating your home. Warm water is circulated through a network of pipes and radiators. This heat radiates throughout your house to heat baseboards and floors as well as walls.

Different boiler models use different energy sources, such as oil, gas, and electricity to heat water. Gas is second, while electricity is the most economical. While oil boilers are more efficient, they can also be more costly.

Types boilers

There are many choices when it comes to installing a boiler to heat your house.

  • Standard – A boiler that stores cold water in one tank and heats water in another, is called a standard.
  • Sealed system - A sealed boiler works well for homes that range from 1000 to 2500 sq. feet. It stores and heats water in one container, so you don't need to have a separate tank.
  • Hydronic boilers-Water is heated with hydronic coils and then pushed through a sealed pipe system of radiators throughout your residence. Hydronic boilers provide heat in a quiet, comfortable way.
  • Radiator boilers: Many older homes still use radiator boilers, which heat up with hot water or steam. These boiler heaters are efficient and low-maintenance.

Installation cost and costs

Depending on which boiler you choose, the cost to buy a boiler heater can vary from $3,500 up to $10,000 for a high-quality model. An average boiler heater installation cost is between $3,500 and $8,000.

Annual operating cost

The fuel source that you are using will impact the cost of operating your boiler.

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


It is important to consider maintenance costs when you are updating your heating system. The average cost for minor repairs ranges from $100 to $360.

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

Furnace - Forced Air Heating

A furnace heating system uses heat exchangers to heat air. This air is then distributed through ducts by a fan. Each room has slatted thermostats that allow you to adjust the temperature according to your comfort level.

Types of furnaces

Similar to boiler systems, there are many options when it comes to furnace types.

  • Gas furnaces - These furnaces heat homes efficiently and are safe and comfortable to use. This heating system uses natural gas from an underground line in your community. It's affordable and reliable.
  • Electric furnace: Electricity is used in heating air. The heat is then pumped to your home via a venting system.
  • Propane oil, diesel, and propane oil. Both propane and Diesel furnaces have fuel tanks that require refilling. A pilot light heats the air. Then, a fan pushes it through the heating vents with a fan.

Installation costs and prices

The cost of purchasing a forced-air furnace depends on its type. The average cost of a forced-air furnace will be between $700 and $2,000 Installing the furnace will cost you anywhere from $700 for an electric furnace to $1200 for a gasoline model.

Annual operating cost

The cost to heat a furnace every year will depend on its energy source.

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


Like any appliance, maintenance and repairs should be budgeted. An average repair cost is $60 to $280.

Want to learn more about heating your house with a boiler or furnace? Call a HomeAdvisor Heating and Cooler Contractor in Mariet.


HVAC Service Marietta

Marietta, GA

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