What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s winter again in Reeds Spring. The iciest months of winter tend to bring about more service and repair calls, which often results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are a number of products on the market that will keep your home warm. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s explore. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it uses either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to each room in a home. Steam boilers Picture a boiler as a teapot. These systems boil water to generate steam, which is transported to radiators around your home. Creating more steam amplifies the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to let off the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and goes to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers run similarly, but circulate hot water throughout your home instead of steam. When you boost the heat, water begins to warm up and is transported through the radiant system when it has achieved your chosen temperature. Water boilers may be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not usually utilized outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their virtually soundless operation. In fact, you most likely won’t hear a boiler working at all unless there’s an issue with the system. And, because radiant systems use pipes that are installed in the walls or floor, boilers can provide a more comfortable and even heat. Another perk is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping lessen the allergens in the air. Selecting the right heating system for your home can be a tough decision. Although they can be more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to find out more about the high efficiency boilers available in Reeds Spring, give All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc a call at 417-739-4606.