- A Heater Is Different From a Boiler
- Water Heaters May or May Not Use Tanks
- Water Heaters Can Come with Several Features
- Using a Boiler Offers Several Advantages
- A Boiler May One of Several Types of Fuel
- You Can Choose a Combination Boiler or a Heat-Only Boiler
- You Can Pick a Boiler According to its Boiler Efficiency Rating
A Heater Is Different From a Boiler
If you’re not a plumber, you may think that they’re the same since they both heat water. But that’s not the case at all. A hot water heater in Coquitlam typically comes in a tank with heating elements generated by electricity or burning gas. The water is kept hot, and then it sends the hot water to whatever fixture calls for the hot water. This may be the laundry machine, the shower, or the sink. New water is then drawn in and heated again.
The boiler doesn’t just heat water. As the name says, it boils water. That produces steam which you can then use in a variety of ways.
Water Heaters May or May Not Use Tanks
Some water heaters are tankless, so they don’t store and continually heat water. Instead, it heats the water as it passes through its system. These tankless water heaters can come in various sizes, so they may be used to supply water to a single faucet or to an entire room or even an entire house.
The tankless system is much more expensive. But you won’t have to wait for the tank to fill up and heat the water before you get your hot water. You also don’t have to worry about a leak in your tank. Finally, it uses less electricity which can reduce your utility bills.
Water Heaters Can Come with Several Features
You can have your water heater powered by solar energy, with a solar panel mounted up on the roof.
Or you can use a gas-fired water heater, but you need to make sure you have the FVIR (flammable-vapor ignition resistance) feature. This feature will prevent a flashback fire. And if the gas-fired unit is located inside the home, you should also install carbon monoxide detectors.
For tank systems, you may wish to consider a glass-lined tank. This lining helps prevent or reduce corrosion, so you can worry less about tank leaks. You may also want anti-scale devices, which is meant to reduce the buildup of mineral deposits at the bottom of the water storage tank. The lifespan of the heating elements can be shortened by these mineral deposits.
Using a Boiler Offers Several Advantages
With a boiler, you now have a system that can heat water and turn it into steam. That means you have an appliance that can heat water, but you can use the steam for your heating system.
You can heat the air with a forced air heating system. You can heat the floor with a radiant heating system. You can even use the seam to clean your floors and carpets.
A Boiler May One of Several Types of Fuel
Greater Vancouver hot water services usually rely on boilers fueld by either gas for fuel, but there are other alternatives. For the many millions not connected to a gas network, an oil boiler may be used instead. Other boilers may also use LPG (liquid petroleum gas). Some boilers are even fitted to a wood burning stove.
You should consult your installer to see which one is best for your home.
You Can Choose a Combination Boiler or a Heat-Only Boiler
A combination boiler provides hot water for your home on demand, while it also provides heat for your radiators. There are several types of combi boilers you can choose from. This type of boiler is quite compact, the hot water is immediately available, and there’s no need for an expansion tank.
With heat-only boilers, you have useful piece of equipment that can provide hot water to several people in the home simultaneously. That’s not possible with a combination boiler, which can offer hot water for one task only at a time.
You Can Pick a Boiler According to its Boiler Efficiency Rating
The boiler efficiency indicates how well the boiler uses energy. The higher the rating, the better it is for your energy conservation strategy.
According to the experts, if you’re using gas central heating then your boiler will account for about 60% of the CO2 emissions in your home. So that means you also need to check the boiler efficiency so that you can reduce your carbon footprint.
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