Boilers are an important part of any modern home. Before there were boilers, wood and coal fires heated the insides of most homes. The concept behind central heating is a closed loop of pipes where hot water is pumped through. Heat is distributed in every room through radiators, while the hot water cools down as it goes back to the boiler and tank. New York’s Order a Plumber explains that installing a boiler requires a trained plumber for Long Island’s homes.
A heating system has different parts, starting from the boiler to the pipes and radiator, as well as the gas jets that heat the water.
The Gas Boiler
When temperatures go down late in the year, houses fire up their gas boilers. This continues to stay turned on and burn gas during the rest of autumn and the whole of winter. It is important that the heating process is properly monitored. The gas flames should be blue, indicating that there is adequate oxygen for the burning process. If the flames turn yellow, it means that there is inadequate air in the burning process. This leads to a dark smoke and the production of carbon monoxide.
Heating the House
The boiler burns continuously from the moment it starts in autumn until it gets comfortably warm in spring. With the boiler in continuous operation, the other parts of the system are also running at the same time. Included in the system is the water pump, which forces water through the pipes and heats the whole house.
The boiler is fed by a gas pipe connected to the gas mains. The water is inside heat exchangers, which are heated by gas jets. The water gets heat to around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or 60 degrees Celsius. An electric pump near the boiler keeps the water running inside the pipes. Without the pump, the heated water would not reach the radiators throughout the house.
These are only some of the things you should know about boilers. Don’t hesitate to talk to an expert if you’re still confused about its function.