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Understanding Boiler Operation

For a home heating option, boilers offer some enticing advantages: clean heat, low-cost installation and maintenance, few repair needs, and great longevity. The simple action of using heated water to provide warmth to a home is the secret of why boilers continue to be so popular with homeowners; sometimes the simplest way of getting heat is the best ways.

To help you understand why boilers have so many benefits, we’ll explain basic boiler operation. For more information, or to schedule installation for a boiler in Stony Point, NY, contact our heating specialists at Design Air Inc today.

The basics of how a boiler heats your home

Boilers can run from a variety of fuel sources, including oil and electricity, but for the sake of brevity we will only examine the most common and energy-efficient type, the natural gas-powered boiler.

Boilers provide heat using water. The water runs through a closed loop in a house, and the heating process begins in the main water tank. A burner unit below the tank contains a series of jets connected to the gas main. A pilot light or an electric igniter activates the jets when the thermostat calls for heat. The high temperature from the jets transfers through a cast-iron heat exchanger to the bottom of the tank. The heated water rises through the tank, where a pump moves it out and into a system of pipes. The pipes circulate this hot water to terminal points within the house: radiators or baseboard heaters. The heat radiates into the house, and the cooled water returns to the tank through a dip tube that deposits it at the bottom of the tank to begin the cycle. The exhaust from the gas jets exits safely through a flue.

Is a boiler right for you?

Although boilers have many advantages, they are not automatically the best choice for a home. Boilers usually do not heat your home as quickly as a gas furnace, for example, and so depending on size and insulation in your home, a boiler may not be optimal.

How can you find out if you should invest in a boiler in Stony Point, NY? Ask the experts: Design Air Inc has a team of boiler installation and repair specialists available to assist with your decisions for heating. Call us today.

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