What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Humble 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 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 have some information for you. Types of boilers Boilers are made 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 Many people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult 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 behind 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 more costly than furnaces, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Humble, look to Air Houston Mechanical LLC. You can reach us at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment with us online.