If you're making plans to have a new home built, one of the decisions you'll need to make is what style heating system to install. A lot of homeowners these days choose forced air heating because it tends to be the most affordable. However, if you're able to make a little extra room in your budget for steam boiler heating instead, it can offer some great benefits. Here are three reasons to strongly consider steam boiler heating for your home.
You'll have to worry less about indoor allergies and air quality.
Whether you suffer from full-blown indoor allergies or are just a little sensitive to dust, boiler-style heating is a healthier choice than forced air. Dust, debris and mold spores tend to build up in the ducts or forced air systems. Then, when the heating kicks on, they are propelled through the air, where they irritate your nose and eyes. With boiler-style heating, this is a non-issue since there are no ducts and no blowing air. You'll have an easier time keeping your home free from allergens and will suffer fewer symptoms as a result.
Steam boilers are silent.
Forced air systems are not that noisy, but they do make noises when they kick on and kick off, and blowing noise might be annoying if you're the kind of person who prefers silence as you work or read. Babies are also sensitive to the noises made by forced air systems. Nobody wants to have their little one wake up and fuss each time the heat kicks on! Boiler heating, on the other hand, is completely silent. You won't hear the heat kick on and off, so you can concentrate deeply and get more rest as your baby sleeps through the night.
Radiant heat is more comfortable.
Most homeowners find that homes with boiler-style, radiant heating are more comfortable than those with forced-air heating. When your home is heated with a boiler, a lot of the heat is transferred through surfaces rather than directly through air contact with the warm radiator. Heat passes from the radiator to the floor, and travels through the room. The floors stay feeling warm, and this makes the whole home feel cozier. In homes with forced air heating, the air tends to warm up, but the surfaces stay chilly. Thus, you get a chill when you walk across the floor or touch a cold surface.
If you're looking for a comfortable, silent, and healthy way to heat your home, a boiler system can't be beat.
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