What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The harshest months of winter Paso Robles usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people don’t know a lot about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know.

Types of boilers

Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both supply 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 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 goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than 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 find 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 running at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat thanks 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, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Paso Robles, look to Paso Robles Heating and Air. Call us at 805-203-8667 or schedule an appointment with us online.