What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter West Columbia generally 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 haven’t heard much about boilers. If you’re one of them, we have some information for you. Types of boilers Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both supply 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam accumulates 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 as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently used to power water boilers, however, you will discover oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Many people love boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler working 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 inside 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 expensive than furnaces, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in West Columbia, look to Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. Call us at 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment with us online.