The Difference Between a Boiler and Furnace

You’ve heard of both the words boiler and furnace interchangeably, but never known what each product does individually. Many people even think they are the same thing. Often seen in homes with gas lines or in colder climates, boilers and furnaces are heating systems. If you are looking for a new heating system for your house, read this quick blog entry to learn the difference between boiler and furnace types and find which one is best for you so you can have a warm home this coming winter.

The Pros and Cons of a Boiler and Furnace


While A Boiler is More Expensive, It Also Works Like A Furnace

  • Uses a heat pump to distribute hot water through pipes under the floor
  • Can run on gas or electricity
  • There are steam boilers which can operate like a furnace while still providing warm water, but is more expensive
  • Service and maintain yearly
  • Operates quietly
  • Energy efficient
  • Expensive upfront cost
  • Difficult installation since pipes are installed under flooring
  • Won’t lose any heat is it is contained in metal piping


  • Connected to the air duct system
  • Typically runs on natural gas but can be used with electiricty
  • Blows warm air
  • Dries out the air which can aggravate allergies
  • Because connected to a filter, have to change monthly
  • Noisy
  • Affordable
  • Easy installation since it connects right to the central HVAC system
  • Loses some heat as the hot air passes over cold ducts and through the air


Gold Shield Services Inc. offers both boiler and furnace installation and repair services in Des Plaines, IL. Call us today at (847) 553-4691.