Boilers

What is a boiler?

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 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 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 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 after the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then goes back 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 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 find 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 extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s hard to hear a boiler working at all unless there’s a problem with it. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat due to 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, several people find that boilers are the right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Williamsport, look to Lycoming Heating Company. Give us a call at 570-244-2510 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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