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Boilers are a long-term investment that require yearly maintenance. Therefore, it stands to reason that the boiler you purchase should be suitable for your home. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of boiler that are on the market today.

Combi boilers

 A combination boiler does what it says on the tin: it combines two functions to provide hot water and central heating. Combi boilers are a popular choice because they only provide hot water when you actually need it. Moreover, the boiler does not require a storage tank because it is directly connected to the water mains. You can choose between a gas or electric combi boiler.

Is a combi boiler right for my home?

  • Compact sizes make combi boilers ideal for smaller properties
    • No hot water cylinder = increased living space
    • No cold water storage tank = room for a loft conversion
  • Less pipework in the house typically makes installation cheaper

System boilers

 System boilers require a water cylinder to store hot water, which is usually kept in an airing cupboard. Unlike conventional boiler systems, however, there is no need for a water tank in the loft because the heating systems are built into the boiler itself.

Is a system boiler right for my home?

  • System boilers are ideal for homes with several bathrooms, as they provide a constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time
  • Built-in components make installation quicker and tidier
  • No cold water storage tank = no leaks or frozen pipes and room for a loft conversion

Conventional boilers

 Although conventional boilers are not as energy efficient as combi boilers, they still provide a good option for larger homes. They require a cold water storage tank in the loft to sustain the hot water cylinder, along with another tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system. The cylinder tends to be placed in an airing cupboard, whereas the cold water tank is usually found in the loft.

Is a conventional boiler right for my home?

  • Ideal for homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system
  • Perfect for homes with multiple bathrooms, where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
  • A good option in places where water pressure is low
  • Compatible with solar water heating systems for a lower carbon footprint and greater energy efficiency

 

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