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What’s the Best Heating System For Maine?

There’s nothing worse than waking up to a cold winter chill in your own home! Keep reading to learn about some main types of heating systems for your home.

What’s the difference between a boiler and a furnace?

Many homes in Maine feature boilers instead of the typical central air system of homes in more temperate locations.

What’s a boiler?

A boiler is an appliance that heats water and pumps it throughout your home via a system of small pipes. These pipes can run through radiators, baseboard heaters, and/or radiance floor heating systems.

Pros to boilers:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Boilers may require less maintenance than other systems, though you do need to get your boiler cleaned every year to ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently

Cons to boilers:

  • More expensive than furnaces
  • Boilers can leak
  • Hard to convert to another heating system

What is a furnace?

A furnace heats air and then uses air ducts and a blower to distribute warm air throughout your home. Furnaces are typically less expensive than boilers since they’re a more modern heating solution.

Pros to furnaces:

  • Less expensive than boilers
  • Won’t leak water
  • Easier to install

Cons to furnaces:

  • Worse air quality
  • Less efficient than boilers

Alternative Heating Systems to Consider

If a furnace or boiler doesn’t seem like the best choice for you, there are other options to consider.

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is another option to pair with a boiler. Gone are the days where you wake up to a freezing floor or chilly draft—since this heating option works from the ground up, your home feels the warmth more evenly.

Heat Pump

A heat pump is another option that is invaluable for controlling the temperature in single rooms or independent suites such as a mother-in-law-suite.

For more information on all heating options for your home, contact our experts online or by phone at (207) 747-1210 today!

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