What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Omaha typically 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 haven’t heard much about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in.

Types of boilers

Boilers are made 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam accumulates 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 as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is forced 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

A lot of people appreciate boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed within the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also provide relief, 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, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Omaha, look to The Frazier Company. Call us at 402-628-0206 or schedule an appointment with us online.