With the different types of boilers that are available on today’s market, it can be confusing to decide which boiler type will make an efficient and practical fit for your home and lifestyle. If your new boiler is going to be fitted onto your existing system, it’s important to consider the current state of your existing pipework and radiators as this could cause damage to your new boiler.
A combination, or combi boiler, is both a high-efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler in a single unit. Having a combi boiler means that you don’t need a hot water storage cylinder or cold water storage tank in the roof space because the water is heated directly from mains when you turn the tap on. Combi boilers are also very energy-efficient and cost-effective as water is heated instantly as opposed to being heated and then stored in a cylinder.
Combi Boiler Benefits:
Combi boilers are perfect for smaller properties due to their compact size.
No hot water cylinder means increased living space.
No risk of loft pipework freezing.
Less pipework in the property makes the installation generally cheaper.
System boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water but the major heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler itself, making it easier and quicker to install. There is no need for a tank in the loft so system boilers are an ideal solution in a home with little or no loft space. System boilers are also compatible with solar water heating systems for added environmental benefits and lower energy bills.
System Boiler Benefits:
Suitable for homes with more than one bathroom.
Constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time.
No need for a tank in the loftspace.
Environmental friendly and economical to run.
Built-in components make the installation quicker and easier.
Regular boilers, also known as traditional or conventional boilers, are an ideal solution for homes that already have a transitional heating and hot water system that is linked to a separate hot water cylinder. Regular boilers also need a cold water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system.
Regular Boiler Benefits:
Ideal for homes where a lot of hot water it used at the same time.
Ideal where there are two or more bathrooms.
Suitable option in locations where the water pressure is low.
Compatible with solar water heating systems for a lower carbon footprint and lower energy costs.