What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Huntingburg generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a variety of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people haven’t heard much about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know.

Types of boilers

Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver 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 throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering 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 useful, in non-forced air heating systems, to allergy suffers because they don’t blow air around and spread allergens.

Even though they can be more costly than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Huntingburg, look to Dearing's Service & Solutions. Give us a call at 812-200-5844 or schedule an appointment with us online.