What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Madera generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a variety 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 have some information for you. 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam accumulates 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 when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent 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 move warmth throughout your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often 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 appreciate boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying 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 costly than furnaces, several people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Madera, look to Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Give us a call at 559-675-1681 or schedule an appointment with us online.