What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The harshest months of winter Marshfield generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find an array 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 have some information for you.

Types of boilers

Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both supply 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up 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 usually fueled with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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

Many people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed within the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also provide relief, 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 perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Marshfield, look to House of Heating Incorporated. Call us at 715-384-3163 or schedule an appointment with us online.