What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Manassas Park generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find a large number 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 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 accumulates to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally fueled 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 heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 Many people appreciate boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for delivering comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed within 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 costly than furnaces, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Manassas Park, look to Woody's Sudden Service Inc. Call us at 703-369-5528 or schedule an appointment with us online.