Tips for buying gas boilers

When looking for a suitable heat generator, many homeowners still choose gas heating. This is also confirmed by official figures: About 95 percent of all appliances in operation in the UK use gas to generate heat. The operation of such a system requires some prerequisites.


Gas connection for a trouble-free operation

One of the advantages of gas heating is that owners of the system do not have to store the fuel. After all, in most cases the natural gas comes directly from the connection tap and thus enables extremely high operating comfort - at least in most cases. In the UK the gas supply network is well established.  However, there can be no question of complete coverage with gas connection. Especially in rural areas, the laying of the gas pipes is not always an option.  

LPG tank for the use of LPG

Connection to the local gas supply is not necessary if the gas boiler burns LPG instead of natural gas. These are gases, some of which are liquefied under very high pressure. The best-known types of liquefied petroleum gas are butane and propane gases as well as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and LNG (natural gas liquids). LPG has a higher energy content than natural gas. For a gas boiler it means that it needs less fuel to produce the same amount of heat. If you want to buy a gas boiler that runs on LPG, you need a tank to store the fuel. This can either be installed above ground or buried underground.


Requirements for operating a gas condensing boiler

System designed for low flow temperature

The special feature of condensing technology is the use of the condensation heat produced. This occurs when the combustion gases cool down and the water vapour releases the hidden heat. In order for condensation to occur, the system should operate with the lowest possible flow temperatures. In concrete terms, this means that the heating water flowing from the radiators back to the boiler must be as cool as possible. This is the only way to make the hot exhaust gases condense. Underfloor heating and large-area radiators are particularly suitable for this mode of operation.

Condensate drainage must be available

The use of a gas condensing boiler produces condensate. The condensate drain must be provided with an outlet for its removal. The slightly acidic condensate can easily be discharged into the normal sewage system.