What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Vancouver usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find an array 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 are available 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 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 operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth around 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 often 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 very quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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 costly than furnaces, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Vancouver, look to Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC. You can reach us at 360-571-5100 or schedule an appointment with us online.