What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Bishop generally 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 tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are available 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 released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will find oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Many people love boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. 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 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 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 Bishop, look to Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or schedule an appointment with us online.