What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Winchester usually 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 can fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around your home. The heat is released 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 powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth throughout your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 are partial to boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed within 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 pricier than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Winchester, look to Thornberry Bros Inc. Give us a call at 859-745-1564 or schedule an appointment with us online.