What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Bloomington usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people don’t know a lot about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both provide heat throughout a home by means of 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 accumulates 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 after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 A lot of people are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless it’s broken. 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 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 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 Bloomington, look to All Seasons Heating & A/C Co. Call us at 812-332-9100 or schedule an appointment with us online.