What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Erie usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find an array 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 are made in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver 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 accumulates to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes 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 move warmth throughout your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will find 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 exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also be helpful, 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, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Erie, look to Patterson & Stirling Inc. Give us a call at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment with us online.