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Back to Basics: Here’s What You Need to Know About Boilers

Service technician installing a boiler

Boiler Installation from HVAC TechThere are two main types of heating systems homeowners use to keep their homes comfortable during the cold winter months—furnaces and boilers. Although furnaces are the more common of the two, boilers are a great option when you’re in the market for a new heating system. Our experts are going back to basics and sharing the top things you should know about these complex systems.

What Is a Boiler? A boiler is a central heating system that heats your home using water/steam instead of air like a furnace does. The enclosed system holds water and heats it to your desired temperature to provide warmth to your home.

How Does It Work? First, select the temperature of your liking. Then your boiler will burn fuel (either gas or oil) to heat water to that temperature. Next, the water/steam is released via radiators or run through flexible tubing under your flooring in hydronic heating systems which radiates heat from the floor up. After the water has effectively heated your home and begins to cool down, it returns to the boiler to be reheated and start the cycle again.

What Are Some Common Pros/Cons? The top advantages to using a boiler include consistent heat, quieter operation because air isn’t blowing around, and low maintenance since there aren’t any air filters to change. Cons include the opportunity for hazardous leaks, increased installation time, and conversion difficulty (i.e. if you currently have a boiler, it’s difficult to retrofit and add ductwork to your home to heat with a furnace).

Is a Boiler Right for My Home? If you’re in the market to buy a new system and are wondering if a boiler is right for you, call 414-764-4700 or 262-534-5568 to talk to our Carrier experts. They’ll go over options with you that fit your budget and comfort needs.

Want to learn more from our experts? Read through our blog on what to do if the heat goes out and then call us if you have any questions.