What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s that time of year again in Carson City. The frostiest months of winter tend 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 take a look. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it utilizes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to every room in a home. Steam boilers Think of boilers as a teapot. These systems boil water to make steam, which is transported to radiators all over your home. Producing more steam amplifies 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 returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers run similarly, but circulate hot water around your home instead of steam. When you turn up the heat, water begins to warm up and is transported through the radiant system when it has achieved your chosen temperature. Water boilers are able to be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not traditionally used outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their nearly soundless operation. In fact, you more than likely won’t hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem 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 benefit is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping decrease the allergens in the air. Choosing the right heating system for your home can be a tough decision. Although they are often more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to hear more about the high efficiency boilers available in Carson City, give Anderson Heating & A/C a call at 775-882-8154.