Gas Boilers for Home Heating: Principles of Operation

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gas boilers for home heatingSince a long period of time home heating systems have undergone a long way of renovation with its latest advancements to satisfy various needs and wishes of today’s customer who seeks for efficiency. Nowadays, the market presents us different types of home heating systems to choose from, like: forced air heating and cooling system, radiant heating system, hydronic (hot water baseboard) system, steam radiant heating system, boilers, geothermal heating system, etc. These are the most popular heating systems, and, of course, all of them have their pros and cons. But, when it comes to a definite choice, it’s always better to give preference to boilers, primarily gas boilers.

What are Gas Boilers for Home Heating Used for?

Because of being more reliable than other heating systems and able to achieve better efficiency with the technology that maintains their smooth operation, gas boilers have recently become very popular. The principles of gas boiler operation are very simple. Typically, the system is used to burn gas in order to heat up (boil) water, which then can be used for different purposes. When used for home heating purpose, the water is circulated throughout the home through either a forced air system (coils get heated by hot water and then air is heated by being blown over the coils and sent into the ventilation system) or baseboard heat (coils, first heated by hot water, heat directly each room).

Though being better for the environment, gas boilers need proper ventilation in order to remove the by-products of carbon dioxide from the air. Usually, they are set up with a furnace (boils water) and a storage tank (holds hot water), and, when used for home heating, need very little electricity to be run, which stands for over 90% efficiency rating, making them ideal options for most homes.

Gas Boilers for Home Heating: Benefits & Types

Except for being very efficient (90-97%), gas boilers also have other benefits for home heating, among which:

  • basic maintenance (maintained properly and regularly by a professional helps to prevent unwanted major repairs);
  • low electric bill (use very little electricity, as generated heat comes from gas being burnt).

What concerns main types of gas boilers used for home heating purpose, there are three of them:

  • conventional (a regular boiler which has both a tank and a cylinder, great for larger homes, because you can get hot water from many taps at the same time, with its further timely re-heat when run out);
  • system (a completely sealed system which has no storage tank, as a result of which you can’t get an instant access to hot water);
  • combination (also called a ‘combi’ boiler, the most popular type which makes it possible to instantly get an unlimited amount of hot water, works with multiple taps opened, though the water pressure may become reduced).

Generally, gas boilers for home heating are a cost-effective, convenient and very efficient way of heating your home and keeping it at a comfortable temperature level even in cold environments.