Oil heating has been popular in the past. Although it has been replaced by other types of heating, there are still oil-fired boilers in many homes. How does the oil boiler work, what are the benefits and how does it work?
The operation of the oil boiler
The classic oil boiler works in a very simple way: domestic fuel is burned in a combustion chamber. The resulting smoke heats water that then flows into the radiators of your home.
It is also possible to install a condensing oil boiler, which makes it possible to reuse the heat from the flue gases. The oil boiler can also be coupled to a heat pump.
In all cases, the oil boiler must be connected to a tank used to store the heating oil, which must be filled once or twice a year. The tank can be installed in the same room as the boiler if its capacity is less than 2500 liters. Otherwise, it must be installed in its own ventilated room.
The advantages of the oil boiler
The oil boiler has many advantages:
- its installation is inexpensive, and the price of heating oil is reasonable,
- the condensing oil boiler can benefit from a tax credit under certain conditions,
- the supply of fuel is very simple,
- the average life of a fuel boiler is high (20 years),
- modern oil boilers are autonomous, silent, and much less energy intensive than in the past.
Maintenance of the boiler with fuel
An annual oil fired boiler maintenance visit must be performed annually by a qualified professional. This professional cleans the boiler, checks all the elements that compose it and regulates the combustion. He then issues you a certificate.
Even though the oil fired boiler is less popular than in the past, it remains an interesting heating medium less expensive than others.