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Speed Date Your Boiler for Valentine's Day

Get to Know the Boiler Better With These Fast Facts 

Many homeowners remain strangers with their boiler, stuck in a misunderstood relationship. Take steps to change things with the boiler this Valentine's Day. Take a few moments to learn some facts about the equipment that keeps the home warm and comfortable. Here is a quick guide from local experts to help homeowners get started and learn things they may not know about their boilers.  

Modern Boilers Don’t Boil Water 

boilerThe term “boiler” can be somewhat of a misnomer. In the old days, boilers evaporated boiling water into steam that was then distributed around the home as a means of heating it. Since steam pressure is much more dangerous than hot water, modern boilers are engineered to heat water to near-boiling temperatures to supply heat while staying safe and efficient. 

A modern boiler uses a structure called a heat exchanger to heat water. Natural gas, propane, or fuel oil is burnt in a chamber in the heat exchanger. Water flows past the heat exchanger’s walls outside the chamber to be heated. The heated water is then pumped around the home to radiators that run along baseboards or stand-alone cast-iron radiators. The water circulates in a closed loop, continuously providing hot water to the house. 

Boilers are Eco-Friendly 

Since nearly all boilers run on fossil fuels, they have a reputation for contributing soot to the air and carbon to the atmosphere. While any fossil fuel combustion does add carbon to the atmosphere, boilers are one of the most energy-efficient heating devices a homeowner can install. 

Every appliance designed and installed in the US must meet ever-increasing emission standards, and boilers are no different. When installing a boiler, homeowners can purchase high-efficiency boilers that are 98% efficient. Since boilers recycle water around the home and are efficient, they are an eco-friendly heating option. 

Low Pressure Can Affect a Boiler’s Efficiency 

billLow-pressure situations in a boiler are common problems resulting from leaks and air entering the recycled water. When pressure drops in a boiler's water piping, the system has too little water to transfer heat around the home efficiently. This causes the boiler to have to work harder to keep up. A spike in utility bills is often the first noticeable sign of low pressure in the boiler, although pressure gauges on the boiler are an immediate indication. Unfortunately, these are often ignored until utility bills go up. 

If homeowners notice their boiler has low pressure, they should get a qualified professional to fix it before it damages the boiler. Routine boiler maintenance is the best way to avoid this problem. Homeowners should schedule boiler maintenance once a year to ensure their boiler lasts as long as it can and operates efficiently over the years. 

About Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air

Walker Plumbing, Heating & Air has more than 20 years of experience serving St. George, UT, and surrounding areas. They offer straightforward pricing, same-day service, and financing. Call them today for boiler services in St. George, UT.

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