What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Utica generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing 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 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth throughout your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible 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 inside 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 pricier 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 Utica, look to Main Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Call us at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment with us online.