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Hydrogen boilers: how they work and whether you need one

Many of us are aware that the amount of carbon dioxide that’s being produced across the world is having an impact on the temperature of our planet.

As home heating accounts for a large percentage of your home’s carbon footprint, the government is looking at alternative ways you can heat your home that are more environmentally friendly.

Hydrogen is a low-carbon alternative that will have a positive impact on the CO2 emissions. It’s a much cleaner gas that can be manufactured from water using electricity. When this electricity is generated from renewable sources, the hydrogen is 100 percent emissions-free.

While heat pumps are a great alternative to gas boilers that run using electricity, it’s nice to have choices, and a hydrogen boiler is another option for domestic heating. Below, we reveal what a hydrogen boiler is, as well as how it works (with a handy animation). 

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What is a heat exchanger in a boiler?


So what exactly is a heat exchanger

and how does it work in your boiler?

A heat exchanger does precisely what its name describes – it allows heat to be exchanged between two fluids or substances, usually water or gas, without letting the substances mix together. You may take it for granted that your boiler is able to heat water up and then deliver it around your home, either through your radiators or to your taps. You might not, however, have thought about how it achieves this. The heat exchanger is the key. Without this device, your boiler wouldn’t be able to warm up your water.

What is the purpose of a Heat Exchanger?

Heat exchangers can be found in all sorts of appliances and industries. They’re used to recycle heat in the waste gases at power plants and to heat swimming pools. They can also work in the opposite way and cool something down. Refrigerators and air-conditioners contain heat exchangers which draw the heat away from the room or compartment to keep it cool.

Heat exchangers are most commonly found in boilers. They allow your boiler to heat the water that is then pumped through your radiators to warm your home. The heat exchanger is a long, coiled pipe. This cooler pipe or heat exchanger surrounds the combustion chamber, where gas is burned to release its energy. The water in the heat exchanger is warmed by the hot combustion gas and then pumped round your home thereby transferring the energy from the gas to the rooms where it is needed. 

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Condensing gas combi boilers used to have two heat exchangers, as it was thought that this was more efficient. To begin with, the water was heated in the primary exchanger. As hot waste gases were produced, the water that returned from its circuit around the radiators was pushed into the secondary heat exchanger, which only used waste gas to heat the water. This second heat exchanger recovered the “latent heat of vaporisation” which adds almost 10 % to the boiler efficiency.

What boilers have stainless steel heat exchangers?

Without a heat exchanger, your boiler wouldn’t be able to heat the water that moves around your radiators and comes out of your taps. This makes a heat exchanger a really important part of your boiler. If it breaks, you won’t have any heating or hot water. Therefore, it’s imperative that it’s made out of a strong material that is long-lasting. Stainless steel is one of the best materials for this purpose. There are many benefits of using stainless steel for the heat exchanger. First, stainless steel offers impressive resistance against corrosion.

Viessmann boilers only contain one heat exchanger. The patented stainless steel design means that it is able to capture the heat from combustion and the latent heat of vaporisation in one pass of the single heatexchanger. This is due to the exchanger’s larger surface area and the position of the burner, which sits centrally within the cylindrical heat exchanger and the patented design. As the water moves through your radiators, it’ll slowly begins to cool down. Your boiler is able to detect the temperature of the water and modulates the gas burning rate to deliver the correct amount of heat.

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Why choose a Viessmann Boiler ?

Everything you need to know about Viessmann Boilers

If you are upgrading or replacing your boiler, you will know that there are many different boilers built by a wide range of manufacturers. Viessmann boilers are one of the more popular choices for gas boiler replacement, but why would you choose a Viessmann boiler in favour of any other manufacturer?

All About the Viessmann Company

The Viessmann Group was founded over 100 years ago in Germany by Johann Viessmann and has been a family-owned business since then, with four generations leading the company. Since 2018, the Chairman of the Executive Board is Martin Viessmann, supported by co-CEOs Maximillian Viessmann and Joachim Janssen.

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With more than a century of experience behind the company, you can be certain that the technology within Viessmann boilers is of a high standard, and the quality of German engineering is respected around the world. Viessmann have a great reputation for producing boilers, but also produce other energy efficient heating solutions including heat pumps, hot water cylinders, and solar thermal solutions.

Are Viessmann good boilers?

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With their German origins, the question is not just if Viessmann produces good boilers, but more, “Are Viessmann Boilers any good in Ireland?”

Fortunately, the boilers produced by the company are designed to work perfectly in the Irish market, and they make a great solution for anyone looking for a new boiler. They are designed to be highly efficient which will help to save money on your energy bills, in addition to reducing the overall amount of energy you use. This efficiency will have a positive impact on the environment, especially if you are replacing a much older boiler.

Viessmann boilers are built for compatibility with other components within your heating system including renewable and alternative energy sources. They are a great choice for people who have an eye on the future, and they will not quickly become outdated.

In fact, they are packed with features that enable integration with modern home environments. This includes integration with smart homes, so you can speak to your digital assistant to control the heating or use an app from a remote location to switch the heating on (or off) before you get home.

Anything you would want a boiler to do (or to connect with), the Viessmann boiler range can do.

Are Viessmann boilers reliable?

During summer, you may not be concerned about the reliability of your boiler as much as you would in winter. There is less call for hot water and heating in the warmer months but have no fear – Viessmann boilers are reliable all year round.

Viessmann boilers have been awarded “Which?” Best Buy status for several years running, giving an indication of both their reliability and value for money. In multiple comparisons and tests, the Viessmann boilers consistently perform as well or better than their closest rivals, with a higher level of reliability.

The boilers also come with long guarantees, so should a problem be experienced, it can be fixed without any additional cost to the owner.

Are Viessmann boilers efficient?

The more efficient your boiler is, the less it will cost to run. If a boiler runs at 50% efficiency, half of the energy used to run it is wasted. Running at 100% efficiency is impossible as small losses will be made even in the best boilers, but modern boilers often run at higher than 90% efficiency.

Viessmann gas boilers are at the top of the list when it comes to efficiency with some of the boilers reaching 97% efficiency. This can give an energy rating of A, A+, or even A++, indicating that the boiler is super-efficient. The less energy that is required to heat your home and water, the lower your overall energy bills will be.

Which Viessmann boiler do I need?

Viessmann boilers are suitable for replacing many existing boilers and the exact boiler you need may vary. The Which? Survey recommended the following boilers as their Best Buys:

The most appropriate boiler for your home may be one of the above boilers or a different model depending on your needs and requirements. Important factors to consider include the size of your home, the number of bathrooms, the number of radiators, and the number of people living there.

Your heating and hot water usage patterns may also affect the choice – the most reliable way to determine which Viessmann boiler you need is to speak to the professionals at Precision Heating. We can advise you, using our years of experience, on the most suitable boiler for your home.

How much is a Viessmann combi boiler?

This will depend on which model of Viessmann combi boiler you choose. The price will vary as larger homes may need a more powerful boiler, which will cost more than a less powerful boiler. Generally, the price for a combi boiler is between €800 and €3000, so it is important to choose the right boiler for your property.

An overpowered boiler will provide no benefit, while an underpowered boiler will not heat your home effectively.

Why Choose a Viessmann Boiler?

Independent tests confirm that Viessmann boilers are extremely efficient and reliable, capable of saving money on your energy bills for many years to come. With long guarantees, you can be certain the boilers will keep working in the long term, and their flexibility and options for integrating with smart home functions make them a great choice for any home.

They are built from high-quality materials with technology that far exceeds all legal requirements for energy efficiency, providing real value for money.

When you choose a Viessmann boiler, you can be confident that your home will have energy-efficient heating and hot water whenever you need it.