What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The harshest months of winter Arlington generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find a large number 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 by means of 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 up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around your home. The heat is distributed into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically operated with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth through 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 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

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 due 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, a lot of people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Arlington, look to Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call at 360-255-5857 or schedule an appointment with us online.