What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter West Valley 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 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam accumulates to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout 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 usually 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 reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will find oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Quite a few people appreciate boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler running at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering 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, many people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in West Valley, look to Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment with us online.