Boilers are specialized industrial machines designed to generate and supply steam on heated water to a system. Although boilers offer multiple advantages and are used by many industrial sectors, myths still surround this type of machine. In this article, we will debunk some of these.
Environmentally Unfriendly due to Pollution and Inefficiency
Some people think that boilers release a large amount of pollution, or are energy-intensive machines. The reality is, however, that while the principle of a boiler is based on “burning fuel” to heat a fluid, these machines do not produce toxic gasses. Older boilers – specifically those that do not meet modern quality parameters or that do not receive regular maintenance – produce some toxic gasses (such as carbon monoxide), so it is important to find out what the standards were when your boiler was built and whether it’s possible to update it to reduce the production of these toxins. Frequent routine maintenance can also help with this issue, and if you’re purchasing a new boiler, ensure that the manufacturer follows all modern safety and emissions regulations. Modern boilers are generally much friendlier to the environment than their older counterparts, and also more energy efficient for the benefit of your entire system.
Only Useful for Heating
Many people think that we can only use boilers to generate heat, but the truth is that industrial boilers are often manufactured to create steam at low to high pressure. While heating is a common use of this machine, the fact is that we also use them for sterilization, cooking, washing, and generating electricity.
Expensive to Buy and Maintain
Another common myth is that boiler maintenance is expensive; however, when analyzing the cost-benefit ratio, the advantages that a boiler system can provide to a company are more significant than the cost of acquisition and maintenance. We must emphasize that regular maintenance is necessary to ensure that the boilers are in optimal condition and work correctly and efficiently, but the overall value is worth the investment. If this is a concern you have, check with your boiler supplier to select a machine that fits your maintenance schedule: different types of boilers may need maintenance daily, semi-annually, or only annually depending on the model and system.
High Risk of Accidents
Some people think that boilers increase the risk of accidents in the building or in industrial applications where they are active, and in fact, this may be one of the most common myths because it is a machine that has consistently operated at high pressures and high temperatures. The truth is that modern boilers are manufactured under the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (which establishes standards for the inspection of boilers and pressure vessels). This guarantees that the boilers are designed, manufactured, and operated within these standards, which allows them to have a long useful life and ensures the integrity of the structure and the protection of human life. At this point, we must emphasize again that the periodic inspection and maintenance of boilers is one of the most critical factors for any company or business that uses them, and good maintenance will greatly reduce any risk of accidents.
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