What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Tuscaloosa generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people are unfamiliar with 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around 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 is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically fueled with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth around your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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

A lot of people love boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying 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 expensive than furnaces, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Tuscaloosa, look to KDM Service Corporation. Call us at 205-208-8090 or schedule an appointment with us online.