What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The harshest months of winter Monroe generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a large number 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 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is emitted 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 generally powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently used to power water boilers, however, you will find oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States.

Benefits of boilers for home heating

A lot of people appreciate boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat because of 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 more costly than furnaces, several people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Monroe, look to Lanz Furnace and Fireplace. You can reach us at 608-291-3606 or schedule an appointment with us online.