What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s that time of year again in Madera. The frostiest months of winter tend to bring about more service and repair calls, which sometimes results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are a number of products on the market that will keep your home warm. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s explore. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it utilizes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to every room in a home. Steam boilers Think of boilers as a teapot. These systems boil water to make steam, which is directed to radiators all over your home. Producing more steam amplifies the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to relieve the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers operate similarly, but circulate hot water throughout your home instead of steam. When you increase the heat, water begins to warm up and is transported through the radiant system when it has achieved your desired temperature. Water boilers are able to be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not usually found outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their nearly soundless operation. In fact, you most likely won’t hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s something wrong with the system. And, because radiant systems use pipes that are installed in the walls or floor, boilers can provide a more comfortable and even heat. Another bonus is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping lessen the allergens in the air. Selecting the right heating system for your home can be a difficult decision. Although they may be more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to learn more about the high efficiency boilers available in Madera, give Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 559-675-1681.