What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The harshest months of winter Katy generally 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 have some information for you.

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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around 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 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 circulate warmth around your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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

Quite a few people are partial to boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless it’s broken. 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, a lot of people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Katy, look to Goode Bros AC & Heating. Call us at (833)-466-3322 or schedule an appointment with us online.