What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s winter again in Augusta. The iciest months of winter can 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 heat your home. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s explore. 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 each room in a home. Steam boilers You could compare steam boilers to a teapot. These systems boil water to create steam, which is sent to radiators throughout your home. Producing 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 heads back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers run similarly, but circulate hot water around your home instead of steam. When you increase the heat, water begins to warm up and is pumped through the radiant system when it has achieved your perfect temperature. Water boilers may be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not traditionally found outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their virtually soundless operation. In fact, you most likely won’t hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem 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 perk is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping decrease the allergens in the air. Picking the right heating system for your home can be a difficult decision. Although they are often more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to hear more about the high efficiency boilers available in Augusta, give Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 706-722-5304.