What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Plainfield 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 deliver 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across 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 operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth through your home, but with hot water instead of 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 see 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 hard to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed within 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 pricier than furnaces, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Plainfield, look to PWA Heating & Cooling Inc. Call us at 815-768-6656 or schedule an appointment with us online.