What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Middletown typically 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 are unfamiliar with 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 by means of 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 to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around your home. The heat is distributed 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 generally powered with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth throughout 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 are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler running at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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, several people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Middletown, look to Schagrin Gas Company. You can reach us at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment with us online.