A good, working boiler heats your home and your water, but with many different types available, how do you know what is the right boiler for you? Combination boilers, system boilers and conventional boilers. Choosing just one type might seem like a tricky task, that’s why at Get Me a Boiler, we’re here to make it easier.
We’ll run through the different types in the article below, but to start with you need to consider what is right for your home. For example, do you have a young family who will need to use a lot more water in the future? Or perhaps there are just two of you at home and you don’t require as much. Do you live in a 5 bedroom house with multiple bathrooms, or alternatively, a two bedroom terrace with a single bathroom. Thinking about your property and the amount of water and heating you use will help to determine the right type of boiler for your home.
Firstly, let’s look at the combination boiler, or Combi boiler as it’s known. A Combi boiler tends to be more compact because it doesn’t need hot water cylinders. Combi boiler installation is usually faster and it can be tucked away in a smaller space.
Secondly, a system boiler is generally good for larger families. It takes up less space than a conventional boiler because it doesn’t require a tank in the loft.
Thirdly, a conventional boiler comes with a hot water tank or cylinder where hot water is kept. Gallons of water is heated, stored and ready to use. It means that you need extra space such as a loft or airing cupboard to keep the water tank in.
Choosing the right type of boiler means you need to consider what is right for your home. To start with, are you connected to the gas network? Most homes have a gas boiler and a gas heating system, but not everyone does.
How many people live in your home? This is important because if you opt for a boiler that’s too small, it might not have enough hot water to meet your demands. If your boiler is too big, you’re likely to produce more energy than you need. Moreover, this will increase your bills and emissions.
The next question is how many bathrooms do you have? If several, then it’s likely you have high demands for lots of hot water.
With a Combi boiler, you may experience a slight decline in water pressure if more than one shower is being used at the same time. However, you can enjoy hot water on demand in unlimited supply without the need for a water tank.
When choosing your boiler type, selecting one that is the right size is important. It needs to keep up with the heating and hot water demands of your home. For example, a two bedroom terraced house may require a smaller boiler than a 5 bedroom detached house.
For most households with a single bath and shower, a smaller boiler is generally recommended. Where there is an additional en-suite bathroom, it may be advisable to choose a larger boiler.
With conventional and system boilers, you should avoid choosing a boiler that is too big for your home. For example, installing a boiler that has a capacity to supply 15 radiators when your flat only has a few.
When choosing a combi boiler, size is usually determined by the hot water demand. A qualified heating installer will help to assess this for you prior to final recommendation and fitting.
It’s likely that your home is connected to the electricity and gas mains supply, so running appliances with these fuels isn’t difficult. However, for people in rural locations or without access to gas, a gas boiler isn’t necessarily an option.
The most common fuel in the UK is mains gas. With a gas boiler there is a constant supply and it’s considered to be the cleanest type of fuel.
Alternatively, some properties not connected to the network run on oil. Oil boilers tend to be non condensing and floor standing, therefore may require more space. They also tend to offer a lower hot water flow rate in comparison to gas.
If you have storage space and you’re able to burn fuels that require a flue, you may even want to consider a biomass system. It’s an eco-friendly choice as it’s powered by a sustainable fuel source.
When recommending a boiler type, we’d generally choose a Combi boiler at Get Me a Boiler. However, this depends on the type of property.
It’s because a combi boiler comes in a single unit taking up less space in your home and offers hot water on demand as soon as you turn on the tap. Also, it runs efficiently and it’s connected to the mains gas network. Combi boilers heat water and warm homes through radiators. Nowadays, modern design allows you to choose from different styles of radiator.
With a Combi boiler, you can also pre-set your desired temperature. The boiler works with the room thermostat to ensure your home will heat as you like.
Of course, if you own a commercial building or your property is not connected to the gas mains network, we may offer you different advice.
Hopefully this article helps you to discover what is the right boiler for you. At Get Me a Boiler, we are a company who specialise in installing boilers.
We can give you a completely free quote and you are under no obligation to choose us. We only use gas safe registered companies and we cover all boiler types.
You can contact us via our website or call us directly. We can then talk through the options mentioned in this article and help you to decide which is the right boiler for you.