What is a boiler?01/20/2015It’s winter again in Odessa. The frostiest months of winter tend to bring about more service and repair calls, which sometimes results in the need for new heating systems. From furnaces to boilers, there are a number of products on the market that will keep your home warm. 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 takes either steam or hot water to do so. Both use a boiler to heat the water and a radiant system to provide heat to each room in a home. Steam boilers Picture a boiler as a teapot. These systems boil water to make steam, which is sent to radiators throughout your home. Creating more steam increases the pressure in the system and pushes the steam throughout the system. Radiators have air vents that open to relieve 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 usually 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 boost the heat, water begins to warm up and is pumped through the radiant system when it has achieved your desired temperature. Water boilers may 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 almost soundless operation. In fact, you more than likely won’t hear a boiler operating 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 give you a more comfortable and even heat. Another benefit is that boilers don’t blow air around, helping lessen the allergens in the air. Choosing the right heating system for your home can be a difficult decision. Although they can 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 Odessa, give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 432-333-2208.