Homes can be heated by using furnaces or boilers. A furnace will heat air and distribute it to the required living spaces through ducts and blowers. A boiler can heat water or produce steam, and this heated element will be circulated through pipes to radiators installed in rooms. Heating can also be ensured by piping installed under floors and is considered the most efficient of heating that uses hot water to raise temperatures in a home.

Furnaces can use gas or oil to heat the air that is to be distributed, and will typically be installed in basements or areas that are segregated from the living areas. Boilers for heating can also be used to provide hot water for bathrooms, laundry equipment, and kitchens. Furnace & boiler installation is a precision job that must be undertaken only by professionals and must take into consideration a lot of safety risks. A poorly installed furnace can prove quite expensive in the long run, as it will have a tendency to require more fuel, whether it is oil or gas.

Furnaces and boilers that are already existing in a home can also be retrofitted to increase their efficiency. This action must be taken after careful consideration of the existing furnace & boiler installation and its adaptability to the new configuration. In most cases the allied installation of ducts or pipes may not need redoing, but it can always help if this decision is taken only after a thorough examination of the items and their likely future life.

Energy efficiency must be the prime factor that is considered during any furnace and boiler installation or its retrofitting. Air quality must be an essential part of any installation as the combustion process does produce products that can be harmful to health. Proper ventilation must also be ensured to allow these units to function correctly.