A calorifier system, also known as a hot water cylinder or storage tank, is a piece of equipment used to heat and store water for domestic or commercial use. Calorifiers are commonly used in heating systems, where hot water is required for space heating or to produce hot water for taps and showers.
One of the main benefits of using a calorifier system is that it can store hot water for long periods, meaning that hot water is available on demand. Calorifiers can be used in conjunction with a range of heating systems, including gas, oil, and electric boilers, solar panels, and heat pumps.
Function: Boilers are designed to produce hot water on demand, whereas calorifiers are designed to store hot water for use at a later time. Boilers typically heat water as it passes through the system, whereas calorifiers heat and store a large volume of water.
Size: Boilers are typically smaller than calorifiers, as they only need to heat a small amount of water at a time. Calorifiers, on the other hand, can be much larger, as they need to store a large volume of water.
Efficiency: Boilers are generally more efficient than calorifiers, as they only heat the water that is needed, whereas calorifiers need to maintain a constant temperature in the stored water, even when it's not being used.
Cost: Boilers are typically cheaper to install than calorifiers, as they require less equipment and are easier to install. However, calorifiers can be more cost-effective in the long run, as they can store hot water when it's available (e.g. during off-peak times) and use it when it's needed, reducing energy costs.
Applications: Boilers are generally used for heating spaces and producing hot water for taps and showers. Calorifiers, on the other hand, are used primarily for storing hot water and distributing it to different parts of a building.