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3 Things to Learn About a New Boiler

Dec 13, 2021

So, you’ve decided to make the transition from your old furnace system or heat pump to a boiler installation in Albuquerque, NM. There could be many reasons why you decided to shift now, and that’s really going to be up to you. Our team is dedicated to supplying you with support and advice as you gear up for this big transition.

For today, we’d like to give a little bit of information to those boiler owners who want to learn more about radiant heating itself. We’ll talk about three nifty facts to learn about your new boiler system, and how you’re joining in with millions of people across the world who use boilers as a method of keeping warm throughout the colder seasons.

Let’s get started, and don’t forget to call us for any of your HVAC needs! We’re always there to provide quality work and exuberant service.


Boilers Are a Tried and Tested Method of Heating

Did you know that boilers are actually one of the oldest methods of heating homes in existence? Back before we had insulation and such tightly enclosed homes, hot water was one of the most effective and efficient methods of heating a home.

The ancient Romans were some of the first to use boiling water and steam to heat buildings and residential homes. They funneled the water with their state-of-the-art aqueducts and carried it right to homes through lead piping where the water was constantly boiled and heated to evaporate as steam. This steam would travel through the walls of a home or building, creating radiant heat for people inside. Isn’t that neat?

Basically, we’re trying to tell you that radiant heat is one of the oldest and most reliable methods of heating a home, and you’re joining in a thousand-year-old tradition!

Radiant Heat Works Differently Than Forced-Air Heating

If you’re switching from a furnace to a boiler, it’s important to understand how radiant heat actually works. Radiant heat works exactly how the name implies—by radiating through objects in your home.

Think about how it feels to lay outside on a warm summer’s day and feel the light of the sun. That light goes through your whole body and can even go through objects to warm them. Radiant heat that’s produced through a boiler system heats your home the same way. Some homeowners actually prefer this kind of heating because it feels more comfortable and natural.

Say goodbye to your air vents, but make sure you get your boiler system installed by a professional.

Boilers Are More Durable and Last Longer

Most furnace and heat pump systems, in fact pretty much all forced-air heating systems last between 10-15 years in the best of cases. With boilers, you can get a bit more time out of them, with most models lasting up to 20 years.

This is because forced-air systems are made with fast-moving components that need to cycle air throughout your home. They can wear down faster and lead to a furnace making noise. A boiler is more durable, dealing with pipe systems that funnel water or even electricity instead, which means there are fewer fast-moving components and more reliability.

Need more information about boilers? Call First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc.

Categories: Heating