Industrial & Commercial Boilers Guide

boiler installationBoilers are steam generators, so industrial or commercial boiler installation is required wherever a source of steam is mandatory. Commercial boilers for instance, provide heating for buildings and facilities used for business purposes.They use pressurised systems fired by burning fuel or electricity to heat water and generate steam which can then be circulated throughout the buildings. The heat is supplied by the combustion of fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear fission.

Types of Industrial and Commercial Boilers

There are different types of industrial and commercial boilers, and some may be more suitable for use in certain facilities than others. In general, boilers are installed in large residential buildings, hotels, lodging facilities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, universities, educational institutions and several other similar premises.

  1. Water-tube Boilers

This type of boiler generates steam from water circulating inside tubes heated externally by making them pass through a fuel-powered furnace. Water-tube boilers are used extensively for industrial and commercial applications. Super-heaters mounted integrally can generate extra heat, which makes these boilers suitable for use in a wide range of applications where large amounts of steam is required to produce higher pressures.

2. Fire-tube Boilers

This is one of the most basic types of boilers. Hot gases generated from a furnace powered by fuel burning inside the furnace is channelled into fire-tubes. These tubes are made to run through the main vessel of the boiler containing water. The gasses then transfer the heat through the walls of the tubes to the surrounding water by thermal conduction to generate steam. Fire-tube boilers are compact in construction because water and steam are kept in the vessel, but that implies a very high output steam pressure cannot be obtained with these boilers.

3. Condensing Boilers

These are water heaters fuelled by oil or gas. They condense water vapour in the exhaust gases, utilising the latent heat of vaporisation for heating water returning from the central heating system. They can attain a very high level of efficiency, and as a result, they require less heat from the burner. They therefore give rise to lower carbon footprints and you can expect to pay lower energy bills.

4. Electric Boilers

These boilers use only electricity for heating hot water. They are easy to install and they operate quietly. Since they do not use fuel and there are no combustion considerations, they provide a perfect solution in areas where the use of gas is prohibited or where strict emission regulations are in force.

Choosing the Right Boiler

Selecting the right boiler for industrial or commercial use can be a daunting task. A detailed evaluation of your steam pressure and volume needs will be required. Strategies for seasonal load requirements must also be considered as some applications require large steam or hot water only at certain times of the year.

Technical inputs from experts such as ST Heating Services Ltd can assist in making the right choice. In addition, we are well known in Manchester and throughout the North West, United Kingdom for exceptional service in industrial and commercial boiler installation, servicing, repair and maintenance.

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