What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Mobile generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both provide heat throughout a home through 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 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 as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back 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 circulate warmth around your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 A lot of people are partial to boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler working at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Mobile, look to Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Call us at 251-471-2674 or schedule an appointment with us online.