If you live in the parts of the country that get very cold, you cannot live comfortably without a boiler. It is however disheartening that a boiler is often misunderstood. In most cases, people just set the thermostat and don’t worry about it, until it breaks down.
However, when it comes to replacing a boiler, boosting the energy efficiency of your home as well as saving money, you need to know the options that are available. This is why the types of boilers available need to be considered. Highlighted below are the types of boilers.
These types of boilers are more energy-efficient than the older forms of boilers which use about 90 percent of their heat. Condensing boilers work by passing hot gas through a ventral chamber which heats up water while another chamber uses the heat left to warm up the water returning into the unit from the heating system.
Combi-boiler is the most popular type of condensing boiler. It includes the hot water unit and cold water tank in the same unit. This implies that the heating and the hot water come from the same unit giving room for easy installation. It also implies that a steady supply of hot water will be received through the taps as it won’t be necessary to wait for the tank to fill.
Oil boilers are similar to traditional boilers. They use oil to heat the inner pipes as well as the water. Oil boilers are more challenging logistically and they can be more expensive to run than gas.
The maintenance of an oiler is also challenging. Instead of calling on a Gas Safety Register engineer (in the case of gas boilers), an Oftec registered engineer will be called on in case one runs into any problem.
Biomass boilers (also known as wooden boilers) are often used as alternatives. They use wood pellets, chips or logs for the generation of heat. Boilers making use of wood pellets are very cheap when compared to the other alternatives available.
The boiler gives off carbon dioxide, which is similar to the gas absorbed by plants. As a result, it is a sustainable fuel. Although logs are cheaper, pellets are considered as the most practical solution for biomass boilers because they can be fed into the system automatically.
Wood pellet boilers often generate ash. As a result, it should be emptied at least once a week. If this is not done, the boiler may shut down.
Biomass boilers are bigger than gas or oil biomass. Thus, the heating fuel needs to be stored. Also, a chimney will be needed and It is important to check the regulations of your home-owners association or landlord before it is installed. The flue pipe should also be maintained in order to keep it free from soot deposits. This can be done about two times every year. The chimney also needs to be clear of debris.
It is always tricky when deciding the right boiler to choose. However, irrespective of the type of boiler you choose, the major factors that need to be put into consideration are:
- The amount of space available.
- Whether you are on mains gas.
- How big your property is.
- Whether a planning permission will be needed for a chimney.
- Accessibility to oil or wood pellet supplier in your locality.
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