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How a Boiler Heats Your Home

Boilers were the first whole-home heating systems, so they’ve been around for a long time. They are more reliable, durable and energy efficient today than ever before, and can be used with several kinds of heat distribution outlets. If you are interested in a boiler in Avon Lake, call the people who have been installing boilers for over 25 years: Westland Heating and Air Conditioning.

How a Boiler Works

Boilers are part of a hydronic heating system, which is a system that uses hot water or steam from hot water to heat your home. The two main types of fuels used with a boiler are natural gas and oil, but propane or solid fuels can also be used. The water in the boiler is held in a vessel and is heated to a temperature of 180 degrees. If the boiler is a steam boiler, the steam is captured in a small dome that sits on top of the vessel; the steam is then distributed throughout a piping system. If the boiler heats via hot water, the water is pushed through the piping via circulating pumps. There are two ways water is heated:

  • Firetube – metal tubes are submerged in the water tank and the hot gases from the burner are directed into the tubes, where they heat the water.
  • Watertube – water inside metal tubing is heated from the outside by the flames of the burner.

Distribution Outlets

There are a few heat distribution outlets that can be used with a boiler:

  • Radiators
  • Baseboard heaters
  • Hydronic floor heating

Benefits of a Boiler System

  • Comfortable heating –boiler systems heat homes gradually, which can be more comfortable and consistent than forced hot air.
  • Good energy efficiency – the average energy efficiency of today’s boilers is 89%, and can go as high as 95%.
  • No swirling dust – boilers are a closed heating system, so there is no need to worry about swirling dust, as there can be with forced air systems. This can be particularly helpful for allergy sufferers.

Installing a boiler in Avon Lake can be a great heating option for your home, but it’s important to hire professionals for installation. Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation specialists.

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