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What’s the Difference Between Boilers & Furnaces? November 22, 2017

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What’s the Difference Between Boilers & Furnaces?, Norwich, Connecticut

With the colder weather approaching, many homeowners are considering their home heating system options. However, not everyone knows the difference between boilers and furnaces. The team at Norwich Discount Oil of New London County, Connecticut, would like to change that, so all local homeowners are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of their heating systems. Before scheduling your next oil delivery, consider these comparisons. 


Boilers heat water and create steam, which is circulated throughout the building through a system of pipes called radiators. They can run on several fuel types, including gas, oil, electricity, and even wood pellets. Boilers are more expensive than furnaces, as the installation process is far more complex. However, they require less frequent oil deliveries than furnaces.


  • Quiet
  • Energy-efficient
  • Low-maintenance
  • Doesn’t spread dust or allergens
  • Requires less fuel than most furnaces
  • Consistent temperatures


  • Difficult to install and tends to take several days
  • Slower to react when temperature is adjusted
  • Pipes can freeze or leak
  • More expensive to install than most furnaces


oil deliveryFurnaces distribute hot air through a duct system, which is then released from vents on the walls, ceilings, or floors. The duct system works for both heat and air conditioning. Like boilers, a furnace can also run on several fuel types, including natural gas, electricity, propane, and oil. These heating fixtures are more commonly found in new homes because of their simple installation process.


  • Less expensive to install
  • Cannot leak or freeze
  • Faster and easier to repair than boiler systems


  • Louder than most boiler systems
  • Requires duct cleaning to avoid allergen buildup
  • Can make the air feel drier
  • Burns through fuel faster

With these benefits and drawbacks in mind, you can make an informed decision between a boiler and a furnace. Regardless of your choice, if it runs on oil, you’ll need to schedule regular deliveries. Allow yourself peace of mind this winter by making arrangements now with Norwich Discount Oil. They offer reduced prices and special discounts for seniors, veterans, firefighters, and police officers. Call (860) 886-5508 to place an order for oil delivery, or learn more about the company by visiting their website.

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