What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Carlsbad generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find an array of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people don’t know a lot 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 deliver 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 Steam boilers are kind of like big tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout 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 generally fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies 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 Many people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for supplying 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 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 more expensive than furnaces, a lot of people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Carlsbad, look to Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services. You can reach us at 575-887-7777 or schedule an appointment with us online.