What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Peoria usually 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 don’t know a lot about 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 provide 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds up 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 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 move warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place 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 Many people appreciate boilers because of their very quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat due to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Peoria, look to Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC. Give us a call at 309-437-2703 or schedule an appointment with us online.