More than four million homes in the United Kingdom have not been connected to the main gas grid. These households rely completely on the non-gas fuels, for instance, oil and electricity to heat their homes. For most homes across the UK, oil boilers are the preferred method of heating due to ease of installation and general running costs. We understand it can sometimes be overwhelming to choose the correct boiler, which is why we have compiled all necessary information on oil boilers here.
How Do The Oil Boilers Work?
Oil boilers work in the same way as all the other fuel type boilers. As the oil is set alight, the heat exchanger warms the cold water up from either the storage tanks or the main pipes. The boiler then pumps the hot water throughout the radiators in order to heat up the room. If you have a conventional system running the heated water will be sent to the storage tank for later usage. This hot water will then be pumped instantly to the taps and the showers whenever required.
The major difference between oil boilers and other boilers is that an oil boiler requires a supply of oil.An externally placed storage tank is needed to hold enough oil to effectively heat the home for approximately 6 – 9 months. There are building regulations that are associated with external oil tanks but the team here at AllStar Systems can easily talk you through these if needed.
Oil combination boilers have their very own built-in hot water storage unit, in contrast to the external components needed for the system and conventional boilers. Most of the oil boilers use 28 sec oil, which is commonly known as kerosene, which is supposed to burn cleaner and is the eco-friendly alternative to the 35 sec oil. Usage of this oil has also been recommended by oil Norfolk based engineers.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Oil Boilers?
If your house does not have an active connection to the main gas supply, oil is the next best alternative to go for as it is the most efficient fuel used for central heating around the United Kingdom.
Oil boilers are amongst the most efficient with the efficiency ratings going up to 90% and above. The modern oil condensing boiler also recycles all the waste flue gases, which increases the efficiency levels even more.
Disadvantages to oil boilers include, fluctuating oil prices; much like natural gas, oil prices too are susceptible to rise, which means that you could be paying different prices for your oil, and considerable higher prices if demand does spike.
Secondly, you are restricted to the amount of oil which can be kept in your storage tanks and will require you to have frequent deliveries to your home to ensure you don’t run out. This is something you will need to monitor and manage to ensure you have time to order more in and not be left run out for too long
It is also important to know oil boilers also tend to generate a weaker hot-water flow than the gas combination or cylinder boilers. The temperature is also bound to decrease as you consume more water.
The Oil Boiler Maintenance Checklist to Follow
Regular maintenance ofoil boilers is very important to ensure that everything runs smoothly and effectively. Oil is a messy product and also produces dirty by products which if left unattended can build up and cause problems. Here is checklist you should follow to ensure a safe and secure environment.
- Regularly Clean and Dust
It’s important to maintain a clean boiler. In order to do so, ensure you turn off the oil boiler and wait for it to cool down. Then,using a vacuum which has a long vacuum hose attachment, clean out the dust from under the boiler and around it. This helps in reduce the allergies and prevents the burnt particles from circulating around the house.
- Change The Air Filter
It is very important to regularly change the air filter of the boiler as this will help reduce the pollutants from floating around the air.
- Check The Oil Burner
Get one of our Norfolk based oil engineers to schedule a regular inspection to check the oil burner to see if it needs to be changed or upgraded.
For more information about the purchase and installation of oil boilers, feel free to contact us as All Star Systems.