What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Manassas typically find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners requiring new heating systems. You can find a large number 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 are made in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 across your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues as the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns 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 move warmth through your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is frequently 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 extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat thanks to 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, a lot of people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Manassas, look to Twin Air LLC. Call us at 703-754-1062 or schedule an appointment with us online.