Boiler-style heating is not as common as it once was, but that does not mean it's not still a good choice for some homeowners. In defense of the boiler, here's a look at some of the advantages you can look forward to if you choose boiler-style heating over forced air.
Boiler-style heating does not stir up allergens.
If you suffer from allergies to mold spores, pet dander, dust, or other airborne allergies, then boiler-style heating is a great choice for you. Forced air heating kicks up these allergens whenever it kicks on, and they can build up in the ductwork, making them hard to clean up completely. Boiler-style heating does not disturb and blow any allergens that may be lurking in your home, so you're less likely to inhale them or get them in your eyes. There are also no ducts to harbor debris.
Boiler heating results in a more even, consistent home temperature.
When forced air heating kicks off, it stops warming the room completely. When boiler heating kicks off, there is still some residual heat left in the radiators, so the room keeps warming for a while longer. As a result, the temperature of your home will stay a bit more stable throughout the day with boiler heating. You're less likely to find yourself shivering and wondering when the heat is going to kick back on.
Boilers heating is silent.
Granted, forced air systems don't make a lot of noise, but if you're the kind of person who prefers absolute silence when you're working or sleeping, the blowing and fan noises can get annoying. Ducts, particularly those that are aging, can also make crackling noises when forced air heating kicks on. Boiler-style heating, on the other hand, operates without a sound. You'll never hear the heat kick on or off, so you can sleep through the night undisturbed.
Boiler systems are easier to integrate into older homes with narrow wall spaces.
If you have an older home that does not have an extensive duct system or enough space between the walls to incorporate ducts, installing a forced air heating system can be a challenge. Sticking with boiler-style heating is a much better choice, since the pipes that lead to the radiators take up a lot less in-wall space than air ducts.
To learn more about boiler-style heating, talk to an HVAC contractor in your area. Don't write this heating option off without some careful consideration.