What is a boiler?

Heating

It’s that time of year again in Royse City. The frostiest months of winter tend to bring about more service and repair calls, which usually results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are various products on the market that will heat your home. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s take a look.

Types of boilers

A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it uses either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to all of the rooms in a home.

Steam boilers

You could compare steam boilers to a teapot. These systems boil water to generate steam, which is sent to radiators throughout your home. Creating more steam amplifies the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to let off the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and heads back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Hot water boilers run similarly, but circulate hot water around your home instead of steam. When you increase the heat, water begins to warm up and is sent through the radiant system when it has achieved your chosen 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 probably won’t hear a boiler running 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 offer a more comfortable and even heat. Another bonus is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping reduce the allergens in the air.

Picking the right heating system for your home can be a difficult decision. Although they can be more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to find out more about the high efficiency boilers available in Royse City, give B&W Services a call at 972-695-2264.

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