Heaters, Furnaces & Boilers: What’s the Difference?

Whether you're looking to keep your home cozy during the winter months or ensure a comfortable working environment year-round, understanding the various options available to you when it comes to heating installation is crucial.

In the world of home and commercial heating services, "heaters," "furnaces," and "boilers" are words often used interchangeably. In this guide, we'll dive headfirst into each of these heating solutions. By the end, you'll have a clear understanding of what these terms mean and how McCormick can help. Keep reading to learn more.

What is a Furnace?

Armstrong Air FurnaceA furnace is the primary source of heat in your home or building, essential for generating the warm air that is distributed throughout your space. Furnaces can use gas, oil, propane, or electricity to heat both the air and water in your home. After a furnace has heated up the air, it is pushed through the ducts of your home, propelling warmth to each room.

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What is a Heater?

Heaters include a broad category of heating devices that operate by circulating warmth in your home. Central heating units, often located in basements or attics, play a big role in distributing warm air throughout homes and buildings. A central heating system relies on energy combustion or release, which can come from either a furnace or a combination of a furnace and a boiler.

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What is a Boiler?

Boiler Installation Services GreeleyBoilers are responsible for heating a fluid, typically water, which is then pumped through the heating system. Traditional boilers heat water within their combustion chamber, to then be circulated through small pipes, heating baseboards, cast iron radiators or radiant floor heating systems. The water returns to the combustion chamber to be reheated, creating a continuous, efficient cycle.

Boilers can use many different energy sources such as gas, steam, oil, and electricity. They offer a distinct advantage over forced-air systems, as they operate by heating water or a heat transfer fluid to deliver consistent warmth, making them a popular choice for radiant floor heating in homes and industrial settings requiring hot water or steam for various processes. If you’ve been looking around for boiler installation services, click here to learn more about how we can help.

Check Out Our Heating Services & More!

Furnace Repair ServicesAfter diving into the differences between heaters, furnaces, and boilers, it becomes apparent that the distinction between these systems can significantly impact our daily lives. At McCormick, we understand the importance of a well-functioning heating system, whether you’re looking for heating installation, furnace repair services, or boiler installation services.


Our commitment to meeting your heating needs ensures that you'll stay warm and comfortable year-round. So, whether it's a heater, furnace, or boiler, our comprehensive heating services have got you covered. Contact us today!