There’s a misconception that boilers are a dated technology, and they’re primarily for industrial use, but the reality is they’re still a relevant and effective heating system choice. We thought we would clear up any other misconceptions and give you all the information you need to know about installing a boiler in your home.
What is a Boiler?
Boilers are heating systems, also known as hydronic heating, that use hot water to generate radiant heat. The boiler unit heats the water and then sends it to radiators and baseboard heaters through a network of pipes to heat your home. This form of heating is extremely quiet because there is no noisy ductwork, and they also produce an even heat because they don’t cycle on and off like furnaces do.
Combination boilers function as a heating system and a water heater, meaning they can replace your traditional water heater. Combination boilers have a separate loop for the water you use for consumption, cleaning, and other household chores and activities. The separate loop allows them to keep your potable water and the water used for heating separate to avoid any contamination or loss of heating efficiency. If getting an all-in-one heating system and water heater isn’t enough of a reason to install a boiler in your home, they can also be used for several other functions including:
- Heated Flooring: The hot water boilers generate supply radiators, baseboard heaters, and can also heat your floors using underfloor tubing. This is much more than a luxury though, the heat generated from the underfloor tubing rises and heats the air in the space above as well.
- Heated Driveways: The worst part about living in cold climates like Canada is having to shovel and salt your driveway after every snowfall. Using similar technology to the underfloor tubing used to heat the floors inside your home, tubing can be installed under your driveway to melt the snow and ice.
- Pool Heater: In the same way that boilers can heat the water you use in your home, they can also be used to replace your pool and hot tub heaters.
Installing a new boiler system or replacing a dated one can seem daunting, but installation is a breeze when you work with the experts at HAMCO. Our team of licensed technicians have the knowledge and experience to help you find the right unit for your needs and install it right the first time.
Interested in installing a boiler in your home? HAMCO is here to help!
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