What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need 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 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 teapots. 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 when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns 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 around your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often 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 are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler running at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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 pricier than furnaces, many people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area, look to Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling. You can reach us at 816-286-7258 or schedule an appointment with us online.