What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The chilliest months of winter Williamsport 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 haven’t heard much about 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 deliver 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 teapots. 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 after 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 throughout 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 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 very quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed behind 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 pricier than furnaces, several people find that boilers are the perfect heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Williamsport, look to Lycoming Heating Company. You can reach us at 570-326-4450 or schedule an appointment with us online.