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Take a moment and imagine this scenario: You are home after a long day at work. You are tired, but not quite ready for bed so you have decided to curl up on your couch and watch some of your favorite television shows. Just as you start to get into one of your shows you begin to realize the room temperature seems to have dropped somewhat; initially, the change in the air is not dramatic enough to cause any major concern.
You take up the afghan that you always tuck away comfortable on the back of your couch and drape it over your legs and lap to warm yourself a bit. An hour passes and it seems even cooler and a lot more uncomfortable. You check the thermostat, which confirms you fears – your furnace has stopped working. What happened?
Whether you know it or not, the words furnace and boiler are used interchangeably but these units are two very different systems. Within this imagined scenario, your boiler has failed to work. Now, with an examination of how a boiler works in the first place, we might be able to get to the root of the problem.
A boiler works with two purposes for its function: The water supply and your home heating. A boiler has a burner that is powered by oil or gas. When properly working and fueled, the burner is in operation and it creates steam: This steam is what heats the house as it moves from burner to the boiler unit.
The boiler has pipes that receive the input of natural gas, and pressurized tank inputs oil, and woodchips go into the burner. With the fuel source in the unit it will mix with the air, light up, and boil the water so that steam is generated.
Water is inside the boiler unit, and the generated heat turns the water into steam, which, in turn, is responsible for heating the entire home through a series of custom piles, baseboards, and under-floor vents, and strategically positioned radiators. A lot of the steam heats the house, but a bit of it remains inside the pipes: this allows for a comfortable change in temperature without changing the temperature to excess.
Boilers are not used as much as they use to be. Gas fired and electric systems have caused them to fade in popularity. Nevertheless, these units are actually cost efficient, durable, and dependable. If you are looking for the most environmentally friendly option, you can get a condensing boiler as it creates few greenhouses gases and it saves money when in use.
Since the home boiler operates off of your water system and pipes, an important part of home maintenance is to make sure that the pipes are in good condition. Otherwise, the imagined scenario is a very real possibility and you will be calling in the pros so you can warm your home again.
Problems With Your Boiler?
If you have problems with your boiler and are unsure what to do about them, make sure that you call the courteous professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Ottawa. They will be able to help you with all issues ranging from installation to repair.