What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Colfax 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 are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we have some information for you. 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is distributed into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth around your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped 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 Quite a few people love boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also provide relief, 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, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Colfax, look to Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call at 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment with us online.