What Are Boilers?

Boilers are closed pressure vessels that were originally designed to heat water or other fluid. The heated or vaporized fluid in boilers today is not actually boiled, it exits the boiler for use in water heating, cooking, central heating, boiler-based power generation, and sanitation. The heating source in the boiler is typically a natural gas-fired burner.

Boilers provide radiant heat, which warms objects in a room. This type of heat is preferable because they people can set their thermostat at a lower temperature and the radiant heat makes the room feel warmer than the actual air temperature. Another advantage of this type of heat is that it feels like more balanced heat throughout the home, especially during the winter months.

Types of Radiation include Fintube or baseboard, and cast iron radiators.

Yes and no, depending on the efficiency of your boiler. Technically, boiler systems do not remove or add humidity. However, the exception is cast iron boilers. A low-efficiency boiler will utilize indoor air to make the necessary combustion flame, which can dry out the air in your home. By contrast, a high-efficiency boiler pulls air from the outdoors to achieve combustion and therefore should not affect the indoor air humidity.

The risk is relatively minor (due to more common baseboard heaters), although you must keep the water temperature at the correct setting. This is especially important if your home uses the older cast iron radiators, which can become hot to the touch if the water temperature is set too high.

Spectrum Heating can perform a boiler tune-up and assess the level of performance of your system. Boilers, like other forms of heating systems, require annual maintenance to ensure they are operating efficiently,

Schedule a boiler tune-up, repair, or replacement estimate by calling us at 781-343-1515.

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