An Effective Way to Heat Your Home
When you think of a home heating system, you probably think of a forced air system. While forced air systems are certainly the most common home heating systems in the country, they are far from the only option. Boilers have been around for a very long time and are still a very viable option for homeowners looking for alternate home heating solutions.
T&H Mechanical Systems offers new boiler installations and replacements to our valued customers from Greenwich to Southport. Our boiler technicians are prepared to find the perfect solution for you.
How a Boiler Heats Your Home
A boiler system does not operate in the same way that a forced air system does. In a boiler-based heating system, the unit heats water and distributes it through a pipe network installed throughout the house. The pipes are installed in the walls and/or subfloor of each room. As the hot water flows through these pipes, the heat from them radiates up through the surface and into the room. This method of heating is known as “radiant heating.” Sometimes, there will be terminals like iron radiators or baseboard heaters attached to the pipe network at various points.
The Advantages of a Boiler System
When choosing a heating system for your home, keep in mind that boiler-based radiant heating has a wide variety of advantages over traditional forced-air heating.
Many homeowners choose a boiler because they:
- Are more energy efficient than traditional heating systems: Air is actually a poor conductor of thermal energy. By contrast, boiler systems use water as a thermal medium, which absorbs and holds heat more easily.
- Are not prone to leaks: Forced air heaters lose a lot of output to duct leaks – up to 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Since boilers don’t use ducts, they don’t suffer the problem of duct leaks that forced air systems do. This means that they deliver much more of their total output to the intended destination.
- Help maintain a high indoor air quality: Forced air systems tend to dry out the air and circulate microscopic airborne contaminants during operation. Boiler systems don’t do either of these things, as they don’t use air to circulate heat.
Comprehensive Installation Services
Installing a boiler is always something that should be left to a professional. Unless your home is already set up for radiant heating, you’re going to need to have the water pipe network installed in each room you want to be heated. Then comes the boiler itself, which will need access to the electrical grid and gas line (if it’s a gas boiler). T&H Mechanical Systems can handle all of these steps for you.