As we all know, it can get quite chilly in Denver Colorado in the winter season. We don’t all need to freeze in our homes, though! There are quite a few Denver heating options if you are considering a new system.
 
The two main types of heating systems are furnaces and boilers. What follows is a breakdown of each type and their advantages and disadvantages. Before deciding which type of furnace or boiler you’d like, figure out your current energy costs so that you can compare them.

Furnaces

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A furnace is an appliance, powered by gas or oil, which heats air. This warm air is then circulated throughout the home, keeping you toasty warm in the winter. There are three main types of furnaces to consider when it comes to Denver heating.

Single-stage furnaces

Single-stage furnaces are quite simple. They consist of only one operation – on and off. The main benefit of this is that it can heat up a room very quickly. It’s also very easy to use. The cost of installation is among the lowest of all types of Denver heating options out on the market today.
 
The main disadvantage is that you can’t control the heat, by either fan speed or temperature. This can make it difficult trying to find the right comfort level for your home. You may have to turn it off many times a day, for instance, to maintain a certain temperature.

Two-stage furnaces

The second type of furnace is a two-stage furnace. The two-stage furnace has two operations, half speed and full speed. Compared to the single stage furnace, it makes it a lot easier to control the temperature in your home. This is because it has the ability to move air at a much slower pace. It also provides greater efficiency: sometimes, you may not need to have heat pumping out as fast as possible, but desire at least some heat. It is also important to note that this type of furnace is much quieter than the single-stage.
 
However, it does have one main disadvantage: the price. Two-stage furnaces tend to cost a lot more to install than single-stage furnaces. Over time, though, you tend to make your money back. This is because you’re able to use half speed when you need it, as opposed to full speed all the time.

Modulating variable speed furnaces

The third type of furnace is the modulating variable speed furnace. It allows you to control not only the heat output, but also the speed as well. By far it is the most efficient of the three types of furnaces. It also allows for more comfort in the home, as you can choose exactly the amount of heat that you need. Another great benefit of this furnace is that it improves air quality within the home as the fan has the ability to run without any form of heat. This leads to greater air circulation throughout the home, even when it’s warm enough not to have the heat on.
 
The main downside to this furnace is that it is the most pricey of the three in terms of upfront cost. However, because of its efficiency, one can easily recoup the costs in a matter of years. This makes it one of the most popular Denver heating options.

Boilers

Boilers are different to furnaces: instead of heating air and spreading it around the home, they heat water. This hot water is then distributed throughout the home to radiators or baseboard heaters. There are a total of three main types of boilers one should consider for Denver heating purposes.

Combination boilers

The main feature of the combination boiler is that it does not require tanks or cylinders to operate. It provides both heat and hot water, and you can choose either an electric or gas one for your home. Combination boilers are very space efficient, and allow for nearly unlimited heat and hot water whenever you need it
 
The main disadvantages of it are that water pressure may be reduced when more than one person is using hot water. So for instance, it wouldn’t be very effective in an apartment setting where many individuals may be using hot water at once. Another disadvantage is that it can be expensive to install.

System boilers

A system boiler does not require the use of a tank. However, it does need a water cylinder in order to operate. When using a system boiler, you can use multiple taps at once without reduced water pressure. You can also hook it up to a solar water heating system, allowing for lower energy bills as well as environmental benefits.
 
Installing a system boiler is going to be a bit more expensive than installing a combination boiler. However, it is still a very economical option that has low energy costs to run. There is one downside to the system boiler. The temperature of the water will decrease with extended use, which means you will need to wait for a period of time for it to reheat.

Conventional boilers

The conventional boiler consists of both a cylinder and a tank. It is the least costly to install of the three. You do, however, need to take into consideration the space required for the cylinder and tank. Similar to a system boiler, it is compatible with solar water heaters, and the water temperature will decrease with extended use. While not as cheap to install as the combination boiler, it still won’t break the bank. It is therefore a good option for replacing older boiler systems.

The last type of boiler is the conventional boiler which consists of both a cylinder and a tank. It is the least costly to install of the three, and can provide adequate hot water throughout the home. You do, however, need to take into consideration the space required for the cylinder and tank. Similar to a system boiler, it is compatible with solar water heaters, and the water temperature will decrease with extended use. While not as cheap to install as the combination boiler, it still won’t break the bank. It is therefore a good option for replacing older boiler systems.
 
As to whether a furnace or boiler is the best option for your home, it is advisable to consult a professional. An expert will be able to determine which type is most suitable, depending on various factors. At Torreys Peak Mechanical, we provide written estimates before carrying out any work. We can also do an inspection of your home to see if there are any ways to increase efficiency and save you money on your heating bill.
 
So f you’re thinking of purchasing a new Denver heating system, get in touch with us today!