What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Tampa Bay usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find an array 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 fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers come in both steam and hot water models. Both deliver heat throughout a home using 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 accumulates 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 goes back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are generally fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers circulate warmth around your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will discover oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Many people appreciate boilers because of their exceptionally 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 delivering comfortable and even heat due 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 Tampa Bay, look to Langford Cooling. Give us a call at 813-898-9553 or schedule an appointment with us online.