What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Abilene typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing 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 tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are made 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 up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around your home. The heat is distributed into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water rather than 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 find oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Many people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of 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 expensive than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Abilene, look to Abilene Air-Tech Inc. Call us at 325-692-5850 or schedule an appointment with us online.