There is a lot of confusion nowadays about boilers and the best type for your home or commercial space. At Abend Plumbing and Heating, we hope to help stop this confusion with these blogs, our website, and when we service the boilers in their homes or buildings. It’s crucial to know about your boiler type within your commercial or residential space. The reason is, there may come a day when it breaks or needs service, and you need to know what to tell your specialist plumber. This blog will explain everything you need to know about boilers so you’ll be prepared if that day comes.
What Is A Boiler?
People use boilers primarily to provide heat. It’s an appliance that heats water into steam. Then it sends that steam through pipes and radiators to keep your building warm. They are usually centrally located in a home or office to spread heat easily. In fact, you can generally find your boiler in the basement of your building or home, and they’re typically more common in cooler climates and older homes. While boilers can be a central part of a home’s heating system, these are not always present in American homes. One way to tell if you have a boiler is to check that you have hot water radiators or steam radiators within the household.
How Do Boilers Work?
To put it simply, boilers work by heating water by either an electric or gas heat source. Depending on the boiler you have, this heat source could be propane, oil, or natural gas, that will burn inside an insulated chamber. This steam that this creates then circulates within radiators inside your home. Boilers will create consistent heat throughout your home, as they rely on radiant heat. This is great for warming your home or workspace throughout the colder months.
What Are The Different Types of Boilers?
There are a few different types of boilers that could be present in your home or commercial building. It’s important to know which one you have so that you understand any maintenance it might need.
These Types Of Boilers Include:
- Gas-fired boilers run on natural gas or propane. These are cheap to run and powerful for heating the space. However, they use a non-renewable energy source. Other cons include a challenging installation process and potential safety issues, like the need for a carbon monoxide detector and regular maintenance.
- Electric boilers are great for remote properties as you only need an electricity supply. They are also smaller and cheaper upfront in price, with an easy installation process. They require minimal maintenance. However, they have a lower heat capacity and higher running costs, plus they will be affected by power cuts!
Who Will Fix My Boiler?
Most people don’t think to call a plumber to handle their boiler maintenance or repair. Still, a qualified Master Plumber will be your go-to person for any boiler issues! These plumbers require special licensing and certifications to work with boilers, so only a select few will qualify. Thankfully at Abend Plumbing and Heating, we have Master Plumbers on staff, with those certifications, that are ready to help you maintain or install your boiler!
Boilers can be complicated. However, we don’t need to be! We hope to work with you to have a heated and safe home or commercial building throughout the year. Our plumbers at Abend Plumbing and Heating and Heating are licensed, qualified, and ready to come to maintain your boiler whenever you need us.