What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Safford generally 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 have some information for you. Types of boilers Boilers come 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 kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is distributed 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 circulate warmth around your home, but with hot water in place of 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 see oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating Quite a few people love boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler operating at all unless it’s broken. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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 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 Safford, look to B&D Air Conditioning. Call us at 928-432-6018 or schedule an appointment with us online.