Winter is still going to be around for a couple more months, and for some of us that means finding a new heating system. Maybe your current heater just couldn’t take the strain anymore and broke down permanently. Maybe you just want to make sure that your heating situation is better for the next season than it was for this one. Regardless, if you’re in the market for a new heating system now, you should definitely take a look at the advantages of boiler systems. Let’s examine how boiler systems work, and the benefits that they provide.
How Boilers Operate
Rather than using air to transport heat, a boiler heats by distributing water through a pipe network running throughout the house. The pipes are installed in the walls or subfloor of each room, and all connect back to the central boiler. As the hot water is pumped through these pipes, it radiates heat through them and into the room. The heat is transmitted through the floor and into anything touching it, including both furniture and people. This method of heating is called “radiant heating.”
Boiler System Advantages
There are a great many advantages that boiler systems offer over more traditional heating systems. Water tends to be a much more effective thermal transport medium than air, as it absorbs heat faster and loses it more slowly. This enables the boiler to keep your home comfortably heated with less effort than forced air systems. Boiler systems also tend to heat homes much more evenly than forced air systems do. This is because hot air will always rise to the top of a space and sink as it cools, creating uncomfortable hot and cold spots. Radiant heating systems keep all the heat near the floor of the room, where it is most needed.