What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Shelby Township typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find a variety of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are made in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is released 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 circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is often 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 appreciate boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to 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 right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Shelby Township , look to Mr. Air Repair . You can reach us at 586-262-4258 or schedule an appointment with us online.