What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Bakersfield typically 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 provide 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 tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators across your home. The heat is distributed into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically fueled with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers move warmth around your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is forced through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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 are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler operating at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for delivering 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 useful, 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, a lot of people find that boilers are a great heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Bakersfield, look to Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment with us online.