What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s cold again in Manassas Park. The frostiest months of winter tend to bring about more service and repair calls, which usually results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are a variety of products on the market that will heat your home. What’s a boiler you ask? Let’s get a closer look. Types of boilers A boiler is a type of HVAC equipment used to heat your home, and it utilizes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to all of the rooms in a home. Steam boilers Think of boilers as a teapot. These systems boil water to make steam, which is sent to radiators around your home. Producing more steam increases the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to let off the pressure – and the heat – into your rooms. The steam then cools, condenses to water and goes to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are primarily powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Hot water boilers operate similarly, but circulate hot water all over your home instead of steam. When you increase the heat, water begins to warm up and is transported through the radiant system when it has reached your chosen temperature. Water boilers can be fueled using either oil or gas, however, oil fired boilers are not usually utilized outside of New England and the Northeast U.S. Benefits of heating your home with a boiler Boilers are known for their virtually soundless operation. In fact, you most likely won’t hear a boiler running at all unless there’s an issue with the system. And, because radiant systems use pipes that are installed in the walls or floor, boilers can provide a more comfortable and even heat. Another benefit is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping lessen the allergens in the air. Selecting the right heating system for your home can be a tough decision. Although they may be more expensive than furnaces, boilers offer quieter and more even heating for your home. If you’d like to find out more about the high efficiency boilers available in Manassas Park, give Woody's Sudden Service Inc a call at 703-369-5528.