What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s that time of year again in York. The iciest months of winter seem to bring about more service and repair calls, which sometimes results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are various products on the market that will ensure you’re warm. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s get a closer look. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it takes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to each room in a home. Steam boilers Picture a boiler as a teapot. These systems boil water to generate steam, which is sent to radiators all over your home. Producing more steam heightens the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to relieve the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and goes to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are primarily powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers run similarly, but circulate hot water all over your home instead of steam. When you turn up the heat, water begins to warm up and is sent through the radiant system when it has achieved your perfect temperature. Water boilers can be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not commonly used outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their virtually soundless operation. In fact, you more than likely won’t hear a boiler operating 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 give you a more comfortable and even heat. Another perk is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping lessen the allergens in the air. Choosing 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 learn more about the high efficiency boilers available in York, give Strine's Heating & A/C Inc a call at 717-755-4127.