What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Cape Coral 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 are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know.

Types of boilers

Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both supply 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds up 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 as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns 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 circulate warmth around your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is frequently used to power water boilers, however, you will see oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States.

Benefits of boilers for home heating

Many people love boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Cape Coral, look to Comfort Zone Inc. Call us at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment with us online.