What is a Boiler and What are they Used For?

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When it comes to owning a home, having to know the difference between crucial home appliances can be a daunting thought. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood TemperaturePro is here to help when it comes to all things HVAC, including the burning question: what is a boiler, and what does it do?

What is a Boiler?

Though boilers can be used to heat potable water, the main purpose of a boiler is to heat a home. This process begins when the boiler heats up water and turns it into hot steam. This hot water vapor is then circulated throughout the home, heating the walls and floors. This is also how radiators within a home receive heat.

How Does a Boiler Work?

Boilers draw natural gas from pipelines under the ground to fuel combustion processes. Most boilers function on a closed loop system, which means the water that is heated and circulated returns to the boiler to be heated again. Hot water vapor moves through pipe systems in the floors and walls of a home. As the steam makes its way around the home, it cools slightly, so when it returns back to the boiler, less energy is needed to heat it back up again.

This being said, most home warranties do not cover boilers, though they do cover water heaters. This is because boilers are not as widely used for homes in the United States as they are in places like Europe.

What are Boilers Used for Then?

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One of the key selling points of large-scale boiler systems is that they are becoming increasingly environmentally friendly. This aspect, in addition to cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and power, make boilers a smart investment for large businesses and operations.

In the United States, the most common use for boiler systems is in large manufacturing facilities, as well as buildings such as hospitals, office towers, theme parks, and even aquariums!

As an example, Disneyland California has begun to use boilers to power the 5 railroad trains that circle the property. Another popular tourist attraction, aquariums, are also using the power of boilers. In addition to the regulation of heat in salt and freshwater tanks, boilers are used to create water surges and currents, increasing the level of authenticity in the marine exhibits.

At the end of the day, even though boilers may not be a great choice for residential use (in fact, some home warranties do not even cover boilers), they are becoming extremely useful in large-scale business operations.

If you’re interested in installing a boiler for your business, repairing an existing boiler, or live in an older home that already has a boiler and it needs maintenance, TemperaturePro has you covered! Call your local TemperaturePro to learn more today.