What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Saint Peters typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people haven’t heard much about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth around your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is forced 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 Quite a few people appreciate boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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 more costly than furnaces, a lot of people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Saint Peters, look to C-N-O Comfort Zone. You can reach us at 636-578-1777 or schedule an appointment with us online.