The coldest months of winter Norco and St. Charles Parish usually 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 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 using either a radiant system that uses a boiler to heat water, or through forced air heating systems.
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 around 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 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 circulate warmth through your home, but with hot water instead of steam. When the water reaches your desired temperature, it is pushed through the radiant system. Gas is usually 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
Many people are partial to boilers because of their extremely quiet operation. In fact, it’s difficult to hear a boiler operating at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for providing comfortable and even heat because of the design of the system with pipes installed inside 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 right heating system for them. If you want more information about high-efficiency boilers in Norco and St. Charles Parish, look to Mayeuxs AC & Heating. Give us a call at (985) 764-2426 or schedule an appointment with us online.