What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The coldest months of winter Chadron usually 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 are unfamiliar with boilers. If you’re one of them, we can tell you what you need to know. Types of boilers Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Both supply heat throughout a home through 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 builds up 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 after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent 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 push warmth throughout your home, but with hot water in place of steam. When the water rasies to your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is often used to power water boilers, however, you will see oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Many people love boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler working 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 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 pricier than furnaces, many people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Chadron, look to MPC Heating & Cooling. Give us a call at 308-432-5301 or schedule an appointment with us online.