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Three Things Customers Should Know About Their Boiler

Even though the boiler and radiator system has been around for a long time, they still have a lot of potential for a lifetime of warmth. Modern boilers are only vaguely recognizable when compared to their ancestors and offer consistent, ecologically friendly heating for either a hot water tank, a home, or both! Customers may find themselves softened and falling in love with their heating again if they choose a boiler system.

Boilers Don't Really Boil

boilWhen people hear the term "boiler," they may think of steam coming from the funnel of an old locomotive or water boiling in a pot. While boilers used steam in the past, these days, they merely use a heat exchanger to heat water and send it through a closed system of pipes to warm the home. The basic parts of a boiler include the following list:

  • Burner: This is the source of heat and may be fueled by oil, kerosene, or natural gas. 
  • Heat Exchanger: This is part of the boiler that water moves through to heat up. The gas from the burner heats the air in the heat exchangers, which raises the temperature of the water that travels through the exchanger's coiled pipes. 
  • Water Tank: This is often present when the boiler is used to heat water for the home and acts as a part of the central heating system.
  • Pipes: A closed system of pipes transports the heated water throughout the home.
  • Thermal units: These are nodes connected to the pipes that may distribute heat to the rest of the home(like a radiator). Modern boilers may not have visible thermal units because the heat is transferred via the baseboards or the home's floor.

This Old-School Option is Eco Friendly

billsInstalling a boiler may seem like going backward from a technological standpoint, but this is not true. Boilers are not only continually being improved just as other systems are, but they are also a good choice for environmentally conscious people. Some ecological and health benefits from a boiler system are listed below.

  • The closed system of pipes recycles water
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Low emissions
  • No air ducts reduce heat loss
  • No transfer of allergens such as mold and mildew
  • Saves money on energy bills

Beware of Low Pressure!

Low water pressure in a boiler ruins its efficiency and can be caused by a leak or clog in the water pipes. Boiler repairs will be needed, or the whole system may be in danger of malfunctioning. Due to the difficulty of determining the exact cause of the low pressure, a homeowner should always hire a trained professional. This will likely extend the life of the boilers and avoid the need for emergency action. Keeping up with maintenance and boiler repairs is important to peace of mind and physical comfort.

About Central Heating

Central Heating offers emergency services for Barrie, ON, and the surrounding communities. Call them today for information on financing options and their expert workmanship during boiler service.