Boilers and radiators are not usually installed in newer homes, but quite a few older residences still feature this type of heating system. Additionally, because this style of heating works rather well in multi-residence situations and in larger buildings, hot-water heating and steam heating are still very common in many multi-family dwellings, apartment buildings, and older business buildings.

Boiler Systems Operation

Now, in steam heating systems, a boiler heats the water by means of a oil-fired burner or gas and turns it into steam. The steam will then travel through pipes to convectors or radiators, which will then give off the heat and warm the room. As the steam will eventually cool, it will then condense back into water, and returns to the boiler to once again be heated. Hot water heating systems function on the same principle, using the hot water as opposed to steam to heat the radiators.

Steam Heating Systems Maintenance

One of the clear advantages of boiler systems is their long life, however they should still be serviced annually to guarantee worry-free operation. You can very easily educate yourself to check the pressure level gauge, safety valve, and water level gauge yourself, but for your safety more significant heating system maintenance should always be done by qualified heating service professional. Routine annual service should always include checking the gauges and controls and inspecting and adjusting the burner. In addition, the flues and chimney from the boiler should always be inspected for leaks or blockages, as well. If you happen to have steam heating, always keep in mind the air valves on the radiators should also be inspected and adjusted to regulate the heat.

Steam Heating Systems: The Pros

Hot-water heating and steam systems have numerous benefits that aren’t necessarily discussed. They have a few actual moving parts, making them far more durable and reliable if maintained than newer, more complicated heating systems. They will also provide clean and dust-free heat, a extra added plus for homeowners who sometimes react negatively to the dust and other allergens that can be brought about by forced air and other modern day heating systems. In conclusion, they will be the ultimate choice when it comes to staying true to historic homes and older structures, making it clear to see why some Aurora homeowners choose to sometimes overlook, and tolerate, some of the peculiarities that have made steam heating systems lose popularity as a residential heating alternative over the years.

Steam Heating Systems: Cons

There’s obviously a reason steam heating isn’t on the map for most homeowners when it comes to restoring their home’s heating system. All the way around steam heating isn’t as efficient, it provides even less heating, and presents a far greater safety risk than other heating options. In addition to that the fact that steam heating demands thorough routine maintenance if you expect your system to last, and it’s clear to see why many homeowners choose to upgrade steam heating systems with more conventional heating alternatives. In fact, if you have a system that is struggling or just not fitting the bill, it’s always wise to invest in a forced air furnace instead. The energy savings you’ll experience, along with the convenience of a maintenance free operation, make replacing steam heating systems a intelligent decision for any homeowner.

Always Talk to an HVAC Professional

Now whether you elect to replace your home’s boiler systems with forced air or other heating systems, or choose to keep things running and maintain them, it’s always a wise move to call in a licensed and experienced technician to perform the required work. Either way you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your home’s heating system has been installed and maintained correctly, and will keep you, your family and friends warm when the cold Aurora winter sets in.

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