Heating 101

Do you know the different between a boiler and a furnace? Many homeowners refer to their heating system as a furnace when it’s actually a boiler.

A boiler, or hydronic, heating system circulates hot water through warming baseboards, radiators and/or radiant tubing in floors or ceilings.  A furnace heats air and supplies forced hot air through a series of air ducts throughout the home with strategically placed supply and return vents.

Laars Boilers and Hot Water Heaters are Gas-Fired

A gas boiler heats your home by burning natural gas or propane.

The gas enters a burner and is then ignited and efficiently transfers the heat through water tubes in the heat exchanger. The heated water on the other side of the heat exchanger is then delivered to base boards, radiators or in-floor heating tubes throughout your home. Water passes through these heater emitters and returns to the boiler in one of multiple circuits (zones).

Hot water from the boiler can also be directed to an indirect water heater to supply your home with hot water, to a snow melting system, or even be used to heat a pool.

Wall hung boiler

A space-saving system that has become popular over the last decade because of its high efficiency,  wall hung boilers like the Mascot LX and Mascot FT, provides hot water to baseboards, radiators or radiant tubing.

Combination or Combi System

Combination or combine central heating with domestic hot water in one device.

Traditional boiler and indirect tank

Just as it sounds, the system has a traditional boiler that supplies hot water to a storage tanks for domestic hot water use.

Expanded system

This systems builds upon the traditional home heating to add conveniences such as pool or driveway heating.

Boiler System Technology

You can run a hydronic heating system from standard wall thermotsats or configure into a wireless control system that communicates to your smart phone or anywhere in between. Whether you want to set it and forget it from a wall mounted thermostat or control your home’s temperature level when you travel, a hydronic heating system can work with all these technologies.

Today's boilers also have advanced programming and accessories included, that optimize their operation and minimize your heating bill. One such technology is outdoor reset. It adjusts the boiler temperature that heats your home based on the temperature outside. This technology makes sure the system delivers exactly the right amount of heat to match the heat being lost out of the walls and roof. So you and your family feel an even heat that levels off as room temperature swings.