What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Central Point typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find a variety of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people don’t know a lot about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in.

Types of boilers

Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both provide heat throughout a home using either a radiant system that uses a boiler to heat water, or through forced air heating systems.

Steam boilers

Steam boilers are kind of like big teapots. They boil water until the steam accumulates to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally fueled with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth around your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will discover oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States.

Benefits of boilers for home heating

Quite a few people are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed within the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also be helpful, in non-forced air heating systems, to allergy suffers because they don’t blow air around and spread allergens.

Even though they can be pricier than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Central Point, look to Titan Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 514-600-5499 or schedule an appointment with us online.