Baseboard heaters may run on electricity, or they may be attached to a boiler and circulate hot water to heat a room. A furnace heats a house by blowing hot air through a system of air ducts that run from the furnace to each room. Each of these heating systems has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Baseboard Heating
Baseboard heating is clean and silent, making it an excellent choice for people with allergies or for environments that require high levels of sterility. Electric baseboards don't require any other equipment and take up very little space. Boiler-connected baseboard heaters that circulate water work as well as the electric style, distributing heat throughout a room effectively. Baseboard heaters can be installed in new construction, or retrofitted into an existing house with little disruption to the existing construction.
Disadvantages of Baseboard Heating
It has been said that heating with electricity is like "cutting butter with a chainsaw." What this means is that you are using a very high-quality power source for a very crude purpose. Electricity is one of the most expensive ways to heat a home. Baseboard heaters can be a fire hazard if flammable materials are allowed to contact them. Some people have concerns about the powerful electromagnetic fields that emanate from electric heaters.
Advantages of a Furnace
Furnaces are one of the most common methods of home heating. Because of this, parts and technicians are very easy to find. You can heat up a cold house quickly with a furnace by simply turning the thermostat up high. Most furnaces run on either oil or natural gas. Newer, high-efficiency natural gas furnaces are quite efficient, and use substantially less gas than older models. Installing a new furnace can get you government rebates in many areas.
Disadvantages of a Furnace
Older furnaces or furnaces that spend too long in wet or dirty environments can require maintenance and repair. The duct work required by a furnace can take up a fair amount of space. Furnaces heat a house by blowing hot air through vents that are usually located in the floor. This can stir up dust and make a house more difficult to keep clean. The noise that furnaces and vents make is annoying to some people.
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