The harshest months of winter Crystal and Twin Cities typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a variety of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we have some information for you.
Types of boilers
Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both supply heat throughout a home by means of either a radiant system that uses a boiler to heat water, or through forced air heating systems.
Steam boilers are kind of like big tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across 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 returns 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 through your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 are partial to boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also be useful, 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 the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Crystal and Twin Cities, look to GV Heating & Air. You can reach us at 763-535-2000 or schedule an appointment with us online.