What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Plover 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 tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 around your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth throughout your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pumped 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 Many people appreciate boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. 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 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 Plover, look to Point Heating & Cooling. Give us a call at 715-345-1979 or schedule an appointment with us online.