What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Bossier City usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find an array 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 provide 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around 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 goes 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 move warmth throughout your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently used to power water boilers, however, you will discover 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 almost impossible 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 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 costly than furnaces, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Bossier City, look to Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us at 800-COOLING or schedule an appointment with us online.