Most people have actually heard of boilers and perhaps even have one somewhere in their home, but, how many of them know how they actually work? It’s a bit like many car owners who may have driven a car most of their lives and yet don’t really know what makes an engine work to propel it forward. So, let’s take a dive into what they are and what they do.

Heat, Lovely Heat

Boilers are devices which have been designed and developed for heating air or water to then produce heat or energy. They can either be amazingly basic or somewhat elaborate, and the most basic designs are constructed of an enclosed container where the heat is administered to water, which then gets circulated around a system in the shape of either hot water or steam. The water has to be boiled to create the steam, and is where the name ‘boiler’ originates.

And very much similar to how a typical furnace heats air, boilers heat water or some other kind of special heating fluid. This now heated liquid will then run through and around pipes to a system of radiators, to give off a lovely feeling of heat in what would otherwise be cold places.

Both Air and Water are Constantly Reused

  • Any air, which is being put to use by the furnace will be reused, and constantly warmed and cooled.

The very same effect is carried out with the water or fluid put to great use in a boiler, despite the fact that the ways and equipment which are being used to heat both liquids are completely different.

  • Furnaces happen to make use of fans while boilers depend on using pumps.

Both will have to be safely linked to the plumbing system of any kind of building so as to ensure that a supply of water is always provided to the heating system. There are luckily these days newer types of models which also include a great safety feature device which turns them off should the level of water be too low to operate properly.

And Some Other More Modern Features

Some of the other types of features now included with the more up to date boilers are the likes of pressure control valves that prevent the pressure from building up too much as the water is being heated.

A lot of them also have a larger tank which is put to use in hold the water as it warms and expands during being heated. And whilst these devices might seem to be somewhat simple and effective to use, they have to be carefully attended to and used safely.

Boilers also have the extra bonus of not being in any need of air filters, so any maintenance such as in cleaning and replacing air filters is not required.