What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The chilliest months of winter Bend typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring 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 have some information for you.

Types of boilers

Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is distributed into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally operated with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often 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 are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed within the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also be useful, 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, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Bend, look to Tri County Climate Control LLC. You can reach us at 541-238-2797 or schedule an appointment with us online.