How Do Boilers Distribute Heat?

boilerTo be frank, we could answer this question with a simple, 2-word response — very well! Of course, we know that our readers here expect and deserve more than this type of reply, so today we will talk a bit more in-depth about how it is that boilers distribute heat throughout houses, and why they are so successful at doing so. The boiler has been a home heating favorite for a long time now, and newer technologies have only made them better than ever!

That being said, it is important to remember that the boiler is not right for every home, every homeowner, or every situation. This is true of any heating system. It is not a matter of finding the “perfect heater,” truth be told. Instead, it is a matter of finding the heater that is perfect for you. With our help, you’ll be able to invest in your new heating system with well-deserved confidence. You may decide that using a boiler in New Hampshire is right for you.

It Is Not Forced Air Heating

The major distinction to make right off the bat is that a boiler is not a forced air heating system, unlike a furnace or a heat pump. This in and of itself has some benefits to offer, which we’ll get into in the following section. For now, let’s focus on how a boiler is able to distribute heat, if it is not blowing hot air throughout a house.

There are a lot of older homes in this area, and some of them still use steam radiators in order to heat the areas of the home in which they are installed. Basically, the boiler heats water to generate steam, the radiators get hot, and they throw heat into the living space. Simple enough, right?

Simple as it may be, though, steam radiators are not exactly the most effective or even the safest option out there. They get very hot to the touch, and it can be difficult to heat a home evenly if the radiators are not installed in optimal areas. A more common option these days is the hydronic baseboard. These baseboards run around the base of the walls in the house, and house tubes that hot water runs through. These heat the panels, projecting heat outward into the living space.

Perhaps the best application of a boiler today is a system that we’ve talked about recently: the hydronic heating system. With in-floor hydronic heating, you apply heat to the floor of the house directly via hot water tubing that is installed beneath the floor. This keeps the heat down low in the living space, and the flooring materials and the water running through the system retain heat very well.

Benefits of Using a Boiler

When you use a hydronic system, in particular, you are able to heat your home very efficiently. You don’t have to worry about air leaks in ductwork, and you can keep the heat low in the living space where it does the most good. Boilers also last a very long time, and because they have far fewer moving parts than forced air heating systems, they are at a much lower risk of developing operational problems.

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