What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Chicago generally find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners needing new heating systems. You can find an array of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people haven’t heard much about boilers. If you’re one of them, we can fill you in. Types of boilers Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both provide 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 teapots. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators around your home. The heat is emitted into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues after 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 push warmth through your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 Many people appreciate boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat thanks to the design of the system with pipes installed inside the walls or under the floors. Boilers can also be helpful, 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, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Chicago, look to iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us at 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment with us online.