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What are Boilers and what makes Them Work

Nearly everyone knows what a boiler is and maybe even have one somewhere in their house, but, how many of the same people know how they operate? It’s like a lot of drivers who have driven cars for most of their lives, and yet they still don’t really understand what makes an engine work to move it forward.

So, let’s see what boilers are all about:

Some Like it Hot (Most do Actually!)

What we know as boilers, have been designed and developed for heating air or water to produce heat or energy. They can either be both basic and slightly elaborate, with the most basic designs being made of an enclosed container. This is where heat is applied to water, which then gets circulated around a system in the form of either hot water or steam. The water must be boiled to make the steam, and this is where the term ‘boiler’ originates.

And just like how a typical furnace heats air, boilers heat water or some other type of special heating liquid. This hot liquid will then run along and around pipes to an organised system of radiators, which gives off a nice feeling of heat in which would otherwise be cold areas.

Air and Water are Recycled

  • Air, which is being used by the furnace will be reused, and continues being warmed and then cooled.

And the same goes for the water or fluid used in a boiler, despite the fact that the ways and equipment which are used to heat both liquids are both completely different.

  • Furnaces make use of fans while boilers rely on using pumps.

Both must be safely connected to the plumbing system of a building so as to guarantee that a supply of water is always provided for the heating system. There are today, newer models which also have a modern safety feature device which turns them off if the level of water is not high enough to work properly.

Other Modern Features

Some other modern features now included with the more up to date boilers are things such as pressure control valves which prevent the pressure from building up too much as the water is being warmed.

Many also have a larger tank which is put to use in holding the water as it warms and expands whilst being heated. And if you think that such devices might seem to be slightly simple and easy to use, they must at the same time be carefully attended to and used properly.

Boilers also have the extra advantage of not needing any type of air filter, so any kind of maintenance and upkeep as in cleaning and replacing air filters is not necessary.

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