What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter San Angelo generally 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 haven’t heard much 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 deliver 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam accumulates 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 after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is often 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 appreciate boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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 expensive than furnaces, a lot of people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in San Angelo, look to Air-Dynamics Inc. You can reach us at 325-655-2515 or schedule an appointment with us online.