What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Circleville usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find an array of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in.

Types of boilers

Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both supply heat throughout a home through 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across 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 powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth throughout your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is frequently used to power water boilers, however, you will see oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States.

Benefits of boilers for home heating

A lot of people love boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler working at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Circleville, look to Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc. You can reach us at 740-474-5940 or schedule an appointment with us online.