The efficiency of a boiler depends on various factors. These include the type, design and how well it is maintained. A well-maintained boiler is likely to be more efficient. Different types of boilers have varying efficiency levels. Condensing boilers are, however, considered the most efficient at 90-98% efficiency. But how is this high efficiency achieved?
1. Condensing Technology
When the fuel is burned, gases and water vapor are released. These products are released into the atmosphere as wasted heat in regular boilers. With condensing boilers, they are captured and cooled down at the dew point. The water vapor is turned into liquid water. During this process, latent heat is released. The boiler uses the extra heat, contributing to its efficiency.
2. Heat Exchanger Design
The heat exchanger transfers heat from hot gases to the water heating your house. Condensing boilers have a heat exchanger that ensures as much heat as possible is used. This component is made of good heat conductors such as steel and aluminum.
3. Optimized Combustion Process
Condensing boilers have advanced systems that control the combustion process. The systems control the fuel-air ratio for efficient combustion. This ensures that the fuel produces maximum heat without wastage. This complete burning keeps the environment clean as well.
4. Modulation and Variable Speed Technology
Condensing boilers adjust their power based on how much heat is needed. Variable speed technology allows the unit to operate at different speeds. The boiler does not have to work at maximum power when you need warmth. This technology prevents the heater from using more energy than needed. There is no wastage, making the heating system energy efficient.
Choosing the correct type of boiler will help you enjoy consistent comfort and save on energy bills. At Gibson Plumbing and Mechanical, we provide HVAC and plumbing services to residents in Sparks, NV. We offer system installation for new projects, maintenance, remodels and repairs. Contact Gibson Plumbing and Mechanical and be guaranteed comfort in your home.