What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Opelika usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring 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 fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver 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 returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are usually fueled 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 pumped through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 Quite a few people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Opelika, look to Farnell Mechanical, Inc.. You can reach us at 334-524-2458 or schedule an appointment with us online.