Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Boilers’

Why Is a Boiler System Better for Allergy Sufferers?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

If you are an allergy sufferer, have you ever noticed your allergies seem to get worse every time the heater was on? It’s not just your imagination. Forced air heating systems can exacerbate allergies by circulating dust and pollen throughout the house. This forces people with allergies into a sort of catch-22. They can be warm or they can breathe well, but they can’t do both. Fortunately, there is a way to both be warm and mitigate your allergies: boiler systems.

How Does a Boiler System Heat a Home?

The most common boiler based system is called “radiant heating.” This kind of heating begins by installing pipes in the walls or subfloor of the rooms that need heat. Occasionally, these pipes will be connected to terminal points like baseboard heaters or iron radiators. The boiler then heats and distributes water through these pipes. As the water flows through the pipes, it radiates thermal energy out through the floor or walls and into the room. This thermal energy is transmitted through solid objects rather than air.

How does that help my Allergies?

The main reason that boiler systems are better for allergy sufferers is the way they transport heat throughout the house. The main problem with forced air systems is that it circulates heat by blowing air around the house. This takes all airborne allergens and contaminants along with the air, increasing the homeowner’s exposure and provoking allergic reactions. Boiler systems rely on water to circulate heat instead of air. This avoids circulating air throughout the house through ductwork, thereby preventing an increase in exposure to allergens. By doing this, you can still heat your house without having to worry about provoking your allergies with whatever contaminants are lurking in the ductwork of your home.

You also have the added benefit of having a more energy efficient heating system. Radiant heating conducts and delivers heat better than most forced air systems, saving you money in addition to improving your allergies. If you’re thinking about installing a boiler based system, call APC Plumbing & Heating. We provide heating services all over Denver.

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Reasons to Consider a Boiler

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Homeowners have many options when it comes to choosing a heating system for your home. In fact, there are so many choices it can be overwhelming to decide which system will work best for you. One choice you have is a boiler. Boilers are popular heating systems in Denver; they are very reliable and durable, and have been around for a long time because they work well. Today’s boilers are very energy efficient and have several heat distribution options, as we’ll discuss below. As with any whole-home heating system, it’s important to hire professionals for installation. APC Plumbing & Heating has been offering comprehensive heating services in Denver since 1984, so call us today!

How a Boiler Works

Boilers heat water that heats your home via hot water or steam, making them part of a hydronic system. The two main fuel types used are natural gas and oil, but you can also use propane, electricity and solid fuels. Like other heating systems, the heating process starts with the thermostat in your home cueing the ignition process. The fuel valve opens and allows fuel into the combustion chamber where it is ignited. The combustion flames heat the heat exchanger which heats the water in the boiler. Circulator pumps push the water through the piping and out to the distribution outlets (steam moves under its own pressure). The 3 main types of distribution outlets are radiators, baseboard heating and hydronic radiant floor heating. When the hot water or steam cools, it returns to the boiler for the next heating cycle.

Benefits of a Boiler System

There are several benefits to installing a boiler system in your home:

  • Good energy efficiency – the average energy efficiency of a boiler is 89%, and can go as high as 95% with a condensing boiler.
  • Gentle heating – the heat from a boiler is radiant, so it heats gradually versus the hot blowing air of a forced-air system.
  • Good for allergy sufferers – there is no circulating dust with a boiler system as there can be with a forced-air system.

One of the best ways to determine which heating system will be best for you and your home is to work with an expert. The certified technicians at APC Plumbing & Heating can help you with your heating from start to finish. Call us today!

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