What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Redford usually 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 available in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver heat throughout a home using 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 accumulates 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 is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically fueled with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pushed 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 love boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless it’s broken. 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 be helpful, 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 right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Redford, look to Airtronic Heating & Cooling. Call us at 313-230-4053 or schedule an appointment with us online.