What is a boiler?

Heating

The harshest months of winter Bountiful generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need 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 can fill you in.

Types of boilers

Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both supply heat throughout a home through 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 throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically operated with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is forced 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

Quite a few people are partial to boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless it’s broken. 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 pricier than furnaces, a lot of people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Bountiful, look to Craig's Heating & Cooling. Give us a call at 801-295-3357 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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