What is a boiler?01/20/2015 The harshest months of winter Wisconsin Rapids usually find us with more service and repair calls, some of which result in homeowners discovering they need new heating systems. You can find a large number of home heating products on the market, from furnaces to boilers. Many people don’t know a lot 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 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 Steam boilers are kind of like big tea kettles. They boil water until the steam builds up to create enough pressure to push heat to radiators throughout your home. The heat is released into your rooms by air moving across the radiators. The cycle continues when the steam then cools and condenses to water, which then is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Steam boilers are typically operated with natural gas or propane. Hot water boilers Like steam boilers, hot water boilers push warmth around your home, but with hot water rather than steam. When the water heats up to your desired temperature, it is pumped through the radiant system. Gas is usually used to power water boilers, however, you will discover oil-fired boilers in New England and the Northeast United States. Benefits of boilers for home heating A lot of people are partial to boilers because of their exceptionally quiet operation. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hear a boiler working at all unless it needs repair. They are also known for supplying comfortable and even heat due to 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 more expensive 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 Wisconsin Rapids, look to Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc. You can reach us at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment with us online.