Central Heating Boiler Information Q&A
If you wondering how long have central heating boilers been around for then the answer to this would be around the 1950’s. Before the 1950’s we relied more on fires and space heater but only since the technology came about of transferring the heat from a central heating boiler to the central heating radiators came around, then this would one of the biggest transformation in history when it came to the plumbing/gas industry.
Back then the central heating boiler was very bulky but very basic also. It was never the perfect central heating system for the the carbon footprint that has been left behind, but it was a way of heating the home.
Since the invention of the central heating system, there has been the standard system boiler starting from the gravity fed system to the condensing central heating boiler and gas saver.
Today the goal is to achieve efficiency and safety. Just below we have some common questions followed by answers for when it comes to central heating boilers and the information.
9 Questions asked when it comes to central heating boilers.
- What different types of fuels are used on the central heating boilers?
- What central heating boilers that don’t use fuel?
- What different types of central heating boiler systems are there?
- When was the central heating pump invented?
- When was the central heating diverter valve invented?
- Which brand of central heating boiler is most reliable?
- What is the best brand of central heating boiler I can buy?
- How long do central heating boilers last for?
- Why can’t a central heating boiler last as long as they use to?
What different types of fuels are used on the central heating boilers
The different types of fuels for central heating boilers are as listed below starting from most common.
- Natural Gas.
- Wood Pellets.
What central heating boilers that don’t use fuel
- Warm Air.
Natural gas is the most common type of fuel to burn in the boiler, however, in many years to come, the target is to minimise the amount of natural gas used, maybe by using non-fuel sufficient central heating. The same goes for oil, LPG.
When it comes to logs, wood pellets and waste, this would be categorised differently as to either minimise the Carbon Monoxide or get rid of it completely.
The best type of heat we can provide in the home when it comes to our CO footprint would be electric when naturally produce for example solar, wind or similar. Biodegradable is another type of heat that we can rely on to save our footprint or the natural heat from under the ground as the heat is 1 degrees warmer to every foot we go down.
Science is becoming more clever all the time and finding new ways for us to live every day, but the most important was to take science into development from just a fact is the cost side of it. If we can bring down the cost of science and make it our everyday living, then the way we use fuel today will become our past and not our present.
What different types of central heating boiler systems are there
The oldest type of central heating boiler system would be the gravity system that would rely on heat rising to the cylinder but also a few immediate radiators above, however, the problem is that without a central heating pump, there is no way the hot water from the central heating boiler could travel in different directions, apart from up and sideways if in a upwards position.
When was the central heating pump invented
The next idea was to fit a central heating pump that would then circulate the water in other directions, including downwards, so that radiator could get heat to them as this was more so in the 1960’s and 70’s. This also included the one pipe system where the radiator would rely still on a little bit of gravity or the radiators would all heat up without having the choice of what heats up and what doesn’t.
When was the central heating diverter valve invented
The problem was found that when heating either the hot water or the central heating was on, you would end up with both the hot water cylinder and the central heating radiators, heating up. Not a good idea if you in the middle of the summer. It was not long after this period, the diverter valve was born, which included an extended type of wiring involved and the controls controlling it. It started of with the 2 ways central heating valve and ended up with the 3-ways valve.
Radiator Valves were fitted to radiators to help turn them on/off on one side only and then on both sides of the radiator. The system boiler was most common for the way we get heat and it wasn’t until the year 1998 that having a combination boiler was better than having a system boiler and become more popular.
Since the popularity of the combination central heating boiler, all or most of the turn of the century has been about the efficiency in saving costs when it comes to the amount of gas we use.
Which brand of central heating boiler is most reliable
Having a good central heating boiler sometimes means having a recognised brand that most engineers would recommend. This can be a range of central heating boilers, but always ends up in a debate as some are very close to reliability. Personally, (Martin Smith) would say, the less technical is more likely to last longer without anything going wrong. In most cases this would be right, but can also possibly be a bad choice of central heating boilers. You should go with a central heating boiler that saves you money in the long run.
What is the best brand of central heating boiler I can buy
The best brand of central heating boiler you could buy is very debatable but by our pole of gas safe engineers, it was found that the Vaillant came out on top by more than 18-votes. Just below are the rest of the vote that came in bare in mind that each engineer was allowed to vote up to 4 central heating boilers each.
- Vaillant (18 votes).
- Worcester (16 votes).
- Baxi (13 votes).
- Ideal (10 votes).
- Viessman (7 votes).
- Glow Worm (4 votes).
- Main (4 votes).
- Potterton (4 votes).
- Intergas (1 vote).
- Sime (1 vote).
- Alpha (1 vote).
- Vokera (1 vote).
- ATAG (None).
- Ferroli (None).
How long do central heating boilers last for
The central heating boiler should last for at least it’s guarantee period before it starts to have any central heating boiler problems. The point to where you may need a new boiler in todays world and in the last 20-year is most likely going to be about 15-years old. That means gone goes the times when central heating boilers would last about 25-years as due to the weight of the boiler but also the cost.
Why can’t a central heating boiler last as long as they use to
A question I was asked by a customer once ‘Why can’t a central heating boiler last as long as they use to’. The answer to this is not just about the cost of the materials to make them but with new technology comes extra costs but a major point that was put in place is the man power.
It’s now gone the days when it would take about 4 or more engineer struggling to carry a central heating boiler and place it in the ideal place but seriously, call a gas engineer and ask him if he will fit you a boiler that weighs a tonne, the answer to this is either going to be silly prices or the fact that he just won’t do it.