Whole House Heating and Radiant Applications

Boilers Overview

What is a boiler?

A boiler is a unit used to heat water for radiant heating purposes. These systems do not actually boil water but heat high enough temperatures to warm a house, heat a pool, or even melt snow. A boiler is generally powered by natural gas, but some models also have an electric option. A boiler is a self-contained system that does not require a constant water supply to operate. Many high-efficiency boilers are just as or more efficient than forced-air furnaces.

In a boiler system, the boiler is responsible for heating the water while a pump circulates the water through the system. These systems are completely sealed and reuse the same water.

Whole House Heating

A boiler is sometimes used as a radiant whole-house heating option. Pipes need to be run throughout the house to radiators that transfer the heat to the spaces. A whole-house system is recommended to be installed during construction as retrofitting is extremely difficult. Radiant space heating is much easier to retrofit when using a hydronic transfer system. More information on hydronic space heating can be found here.

Hydronic Applications

Hydronic systems use heated water to transfer heat to surfaces and spaces. This system uses a boiler to heat while a pump circulates the liquid around the closed-loop. This application is perfect for whole-house radiant heat, targeted area heating, exterior snowmelt, pool heating, and unique applications. A hydronic system can be installed with construction or retrofitted. For more information on hydronic space heating, click here. For more details on snowmelt systems, click here.

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