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The water that we use every day is more than likely stored in a cylinder. This cylinder will normally sat up in the loft space. These water storage cylinders are really important and it is also a good thing that you know exactly what type is fitted in your home in case an emergency occurs.

Below is a brief guide to the two most common water heating systems fitted in the home today.

Indirect Heating System:
The indirect type of water cylinder is fed with its cold water from a tank called a storage tank located above the cylinder through a connection underneath. There is also a drain cock situated very close. The cylinder heats its water by using really hot water that is fed from a boiler and passes it through an internal copper coil known as a heat exchanger. This heating system can also be powered by solar energy. As soon as the water is heated it returns back to the hot water system pipework through a connection on the top of the cylinder. As there is not any direct contact between the water and heat source the system is called an ‘Indirect’ heater. This is the term for the process of the heat transference. A Harringay Plumber is experienced in the operation of this type of system.

Direct Heating System:
This water heating system transfer takes place by a coming into contact with a ‘Direct’ heat source known as a heating element. Harringay Plumbers are professional plumbers with knowledge of this kind of cylinder system. The element is powered by electricity and then heat is then transferred to the water directly. There is no boiler involved in the heating process like in the direct water heater so the system is reasonably simple in the way it operates, this is a great system for a home that has very little space for equipment. These cylinders feed a bath or a shower. The cylinders themselves can be quite large and are sometimes fitted with 2 or 3 heating elements fitted inside. “

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