Glasgow like the rest of Scotland can see some fairly cold winters, and if your heating system is not up to scratch then your home is going to be a very uncomfortable environment for you to live in. Boilers in Glasgow need regular looking after and for that, you need a boiler technician who knows what they are doing.
Boiler in Glasgow
Boilers are heating appliances that convert gases to heat by burning fuel. A boiler contains a closed system where the heated liquid is enclosed. The liquid does not always boil. The heated or vented liquid exits the boiler either through a single pipe or vent duct, and enters a central device that delivers the heated or vented liquid through ductwork or piping to various locations.
Central heating systems using boilers use boilers to heat water in a system that circulates the hot liquid through the home. Boilers can be either open or closed, with the closed type having a condensing body to produce steam. Boilers in Glasgow can also be forced-air furnaces, with their ductwork concealed within the walls of the furnace. Forced-air boilers are popular in small homes, apartments and mobile homes.
Gas, Electric or Oil?
The conventional types of boilers are electric, gas, or oil-fired, and consist of a heating element surrounded by a heated coil. Conventional boilers have many moving parts, requiring careful handling and maintenance. Modern boilers, sometimes called combination boilers, include both an electrical heating system and a gas or oil-fired system.
Boilers can be classified according to their source of heat. There are two basic types of boilers: electrical and gas-fired. Electrical boilers heat water in an insulated tank through the action of an electrical current. An electrical boiler can be a stand-alone unit, or it may be part of a combined hot water heater system. Gas boilers use propane or natural gas as sources of heat and are available in portable units designed to be moved around. Boilers can even be combi-motor units, meaning that they contain both a heating system and a hot water heater.
Combination boilers combine features of both electric and gas-fired boilers, providing energy efficiency and versatility. In addition to having inbuilt combustion appliances like spark plugs and temperature controls, many combination boilers are equipped with thermostats and programmable thermostats. Many combination boilers are equipped with both a thermostat for on-demand heating and a programmable thermostat for supply control.
Oil-fired boilers, also known as gas boilers, are relatively clean burning, although there is some noise associated with these devices. There are no temperature controls or safety devices to concern about with oil-fired boilers, although they can produce some exhaust gas that should not be inhaled. The operating mechanism for natural gas boilers is much cleaner than that for electric boilers, using no flammable gasses. Natural gas boilers are typically more expensive to operate than oil-fired boilers, however they have the advantage of being more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.