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!