What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The chilliest months of winter Moline typically 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 are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in.

Types of boilers

Boilers come 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 throughout your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns 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 push warmth around your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pumped 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

Many people love boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat because of 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 expensive than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Moline, look to Freed Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 309-323-9584 or schedule an appointment with us online.