An electric boiler is a large water tank with an inlet and outlet. Within that large tank is an array of electric heating elements. Electricity comes from the main power supply and passes through those heating elements at very high temperatures. When those electric elements are heated up, water passes over them and warms up. When the water reaches a high enough temperature an electric pump moves the water from the boiler through the outlet. The inlet takes in cool water to be warmed up by the boiler before being sent out once again. Steam boilers work in a similar way bringing in water and releasing steam.
Gas Boilers vs Electric Boiler Installation
Gas boilers can be quite expensive to put in, especially if you don’t have a gas line running already. Running a gas line is a big undertaking that you will pay dearly for. Fortunately electricity is run to most facilities. That means that an electrical line won’t have to be run. It will simply have to be wired up to existing lines and you can benefit from the boiler almost immediately. This means that electric boilers are more affordable to have installed.
Energy Efficient – Electric Boilers
Electric boilers are more efficient than boilers that run on gas because no exhaust flue is needed. When gases are burnt some waste gas is produced and this has to be released outside. Along with those waste gases that are released goes some of the heat from the boiler as well, this is wasted energy. Since electric boilers don’t creates waste gases no flue exists and nearly all the created heat is used. This allows electric boilers to be up to 99% efficient, a number that isn’t possible for most fossil fuel solutions.
Electric Boilers Use Less Space
Electric boilers can be positioned most anywhere because they don’t have a flue that has to be put up through your home and they don’t have to be set near an outside wall either. The boiler also doesn’t need a fuel tank like oil or propane units do. That means you’ll save space that would be dedicated to fuel as well.