What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Colorado Springs usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need 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 have some information for you. Types of boilers Boilers come 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 released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth through your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Colorado Springs, look to Triton HVAC & Refrigeration. You can reach us at 719-332-3458 or schedule an appointment with us online.