boiler type is right for your facility? Gas, Diesel, or Electric is the normal option. There are many important factors to consider. Some of
which are ease of use, emissions, and efficiency. All three impact boiler performance, initial cost, and the effect of the long-term boiler operating
Diesel fuel and gas burners on boilers require a fuel supply line, and a tank if diesel, propane, or heating oil is used. Diesel and gas boilers require a chimney and roof penetration to exhaust harmful CO and other emission products. Gas burners are more expensive than fuel burners, but all require periodic maintenance and tuning. In some areas, by law, you must pay a state inspector or independent testing agent to verify combustion emissions on a regular basis.
Electric boilers do not require tanks, fuel lines, chimneys, roof openings, or expensive combustion inspections. The Reimers Electra Steam model pictured is a self-contained electric boiler. Just connect electric power, pipe the outlet and return lines, and it is ready to use.
Emissions standards for boilers are increasingly stringent due to tighter rules from the EPA, state, and local codes. Noncompliance with regulations generates fines and stops boiler operation. Neglected diesel and gas boilers can produce unsightly soot and smoke.
Electric boilers do not “combust”. Because of this, they are not affected by emission standards and will not emit soot or smoke. Electric boilers like the Reimers brand are factory built and tested to meet Underwriters Laboratory and ASME standards.
Boiler performance and your satisfaction are based on the boiler selection and the controls working effectively. A complete electric boiler design, such as the Reimers pictured above, puts more energy in to the water than a gas or diesel boiler. The simple reason is heat is lost up the chimney with the gas and diesel burners. Electric boilers have high efficiency elements that directly heat the water by physical contact. The U.S. Department of Energy studied boilers and reported “An all-electric furnace or boiler has no flue loss through a chimney. The AFUE rating for an all-electric furnace or boiler is between 95% (outdoor units) and 100% (indoor units).” https://energy.gov/energysaver/furnaces-and-boilers