What is a boiler?

January 20, 2015

The coldest months of winter Beaverton usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring 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 tell you what you need to know.

Types of boilers

Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver 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 builds up 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 after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane.

Hot water boilers

Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped 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

A lot of people love boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. 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 more expensive than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Beaverton, look to Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. You can reach us at 503-374-1934 or schedule an appointment with us online.