Here at Emerald Heating & Cooling, we are proud to be the only company in the area that specializes in steam boilers. Steam boilers can represent a substantial initial investment, but this can pay off in the long run as energy costs are greatly reduced. For those considering the use of a steam boiler, we can provide installation services and coach you on the best way to maintain the unit.
Steam boilers use a vaporized water system to pump heat throughout a facility in a more cost-effective way. Since water conducts heat much better than air, there is the potential for less energy loss during heat delivery. Most steam boiler systems have one large tank that is heated with a cost-effective fuel, like natural gas or coal. This heated steam is then delivered to individual rooms through copper pipes designed to minimize heat loss.
These pipes are usually covered in insulation to minimize heat loss during transportation throughout the home. These systems work similar to the human body, the heart of the system pumps heat throughout the unit, and it flows in a complete circuit. Once the steam is used, it is pumped back to the boiler where it is reheated and then sent back out to the rooms of your home.
The most obvious difference between the two is that steam boilers use steam power as opposed to conventional air. This is much more energy-efficient since steam conducts heat far better than regular air. Some boiler systems pump actual water throughout the unit, but steam-based systems can actually be more effective. Pumping a large volume of water requires a lot of energy and much of this is wasted. In contrast, steam systems pump automatically and deliver their heat with greater efficiency. Ultimately the decision is up to you.