What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s cold again in Albuquerque. The coldest months of winter seem to bring about more service and repair calls, which often results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are various products on the market that will keep your home warm. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s get a closer look. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it takes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to all of the rooms in a home. Steam boilers Picture a boiler as a teapot. These systems boil water to create steam, which is sent to radiators around your home. Generating more steam amplifies the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to relieve the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are primarily powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers operate similarly, but circulate hot water throughout your home instead of steam. When you turn up the heat, water begins to warm up and is transported through the radiant system when it has achieved your chosen temperature. Water boilers are able to be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not commonly found outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their almost soundless operation. In fact, you probably won’t hear a boiler working at all unless there’s something wrong with the system. And, because radiant systems use pipes that are installed in the walls or floor, boilers can offer a more comfortable and even heat. Another bonus is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping reduce the allergens in the air. Picking the right heating system for your home can be a difficult decision. Although they may be more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to learn more about the high efficiency boilers available in Albuquerque, give Desert Suns Heating & Cooling a call at 505-994-9176.