What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The chilliest months of winter Carpentersville typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring 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 can tell you what you need to know.

Types of boilers

Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally fueled with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

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

Benefits of boilers for home heating

A lot of people are partial to boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler working at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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, a lot of people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Carpentersville, look to Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. Give us a call at 224-412-8308 or schedule an appointment with us online.