Boilers are an alternative source of heat compared to furnaces and even heat pumps. Rather than forced air and ductwork, boiler systems use pipes to transport heat throughout the home. The boiler itself is typically a large, metal tank that heats water or steam and then circulates it throughout the house. There are several different types of boiler systems available on the market, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. When choosing a boiler system for your home, it’s important to consider your needs and budget.
Benefits of a boiler system include:
- Even heating via pipes
- Lower noise compared to traditional, forced-air heating
- Easy installation process in most homes
There are two main types of boiler systems: hot water and steam. Hot water boiler systems circulate heated water through pipes to radiators or radiant flooring systems. Steam boiler systems do the same thing, but with steam instead of hot water. Each type of system has its own set of advantages. A hot water boiler system works more quickly and efficiently but requires a storage tank for the water. And while steam boiler systems are less expensive, they’re also less efficient.
The best way to choose between hot water boiler systems and steam boiler systems is to consult with a professional. They can help you determine which type of boiler would be best based on your home’s size, HVAC requirements, local energy prices and more. Ditter’s expert technicians have years of experience identifying the best options for our customers, so you can trust our recommendations to be in your long-term interest.