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Zoeller sump pumps
Hot water boiler
Rheem gas hot water heaterWhat’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?
Boiler of furnace: What’s the difference? There are unique advantages
and disadvantages to a home with a boiler system compared to a home
with a forced air furnace. The two heating systems work in markedly
different ways. A boiler heats water, which flows through a series of
pipes in the home. As the water flows it radiates heat throughout the
house. A furnace, on the other hand, heats air, which is then moved
through the house using a blower motor.
Both systems have proven to be remarkably durable over the years.
Most manufacturers offer warranties of ten years or longer. However,
there are different maintenance requirements for both.
A forced air furnace will need the air filter either changed or
cleaned on a regular basis. This can be as often as once a month or as
little as once a quarter. A boiler on the other hand will need to have
excess air bled from the system periodically. This will vary from system
to system but a good sign that the system needs to be bled is when
rooms are no longer heating properly.
One of the great advantages to a boiler system is the ability to heat
different zones in your home. A boiler system will generally have
thermostats in every room, which can be set individually. Instead of
heating the whole house, you only have to heat the rooms you are using,
when you are using them.
A forced air system generally has a single, centrally located
thermostat, which controls the heating for the entire house. Boiler
systems also tend to leave the house with a higher, natural humidity
than forced air systems which often require a separate humidifier either
be attached to the system directly or run somewhere in the house.
There are definite differences between a boiler and a furnace. Only you can decide which system is best for you.
Bradford White water heaters
Here at J Downs Plumbing in New Jersey, we know that some plumbing issues
come as a nasty surprise. When something happens in your home, it’s
important that you know how to turn your water main off. The last thing
you want is to cause any damage to your home during a repair or DIY
installation. Below you’ll find easy steps to turn of your water.
- Find the Emergency Shut-Off
We recommend finding your emergency shut-off before any accident
happens. That way, you’ll be ready if any issues do arise in your home.
Typically you’ll find the shut-off in the basement, inside of a closet.
It is also usually on the side of the house that is closest to the
street where the meter is. Of course, it’s not always going to be this
simple. If you have trouble finding it, don’t hesitate to give your
local plumber a call.
- Get the Tools You Need
If you have an older shut-off, you may need a wrench in order to turn
it. Be prepared and bring the equipment you need with you. If your
shut-off is in a dark corner, a flashlight can also be helpful to ensure
you can see what you’re doing.
- Turn the Valve Off
There are a few different types of shut-off valves. For some, you
just do a quarter-turn to the right. Others need to be turned several
times until you feel resistance. Make sure that you turn yours
- Test Your Water
Turn on a faucet and make sure that your water has stopped running
before you start on a project. Usually, water will run for a few seconds
before slowly stopping.
While your water is off, there are a few other things we suggest
turning off as well. First, turn your water heater off, and turn the
water heater’s valve off. Second, turn your electrical or gas off. These
are extra safety measures that our team at Best Plumbing always follows
when completing work on homes around Seattle.
If your home project doesn’t go as planned or you are in need of
assistance with this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.