Most of us will only buy a new boiler possibly a few times in our life time, yet heating systems are changing and improving in efficiency all the time. So, it can be difficult to know what to choose to best suit your requirements.
Basically there are three different types of boilers. We have put together some information on each type of boiler, how they work, their advantages and what kind of homes they suit best.
Different types of boilers for houses
- A combination or combi boiler is both a highly efficient water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water storage tank in the roof space
Combi boilers are perfect for smaller properties.
Advantages of combi boiler:-
- No water storage cylinder required, which will provide more loft space
- No need for a hot water cylinder so you will have additional cupboard space.
- Hot water is delivered at mains pressure therefore no need for a separate pump.
- Installation of a combi boiler is also usually cheaper because there is less pipework.
- Never run out of hot water
- A system boiler does require a hot water storage cylinder, but there is no need for a tank in the loft. The boiler has components to provide both heating and hot water and is also compatible with solar water heating systems, which make it environmental friendly as well as providing lower energy bills.
A system boiler is ideal for homes with more than one bathroom.
Advantages of system boiler:-
- Constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time
- No need for a loft tank, freeing up space and eliminating the risk of leaks or frost damage
- Economical to run
- Installation is quick and easy
- Regular boilers (sometimes known as traditional, conventional or heat only boilers). These boilers 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.
A regular boiler is the best option for replacing an existing boiler in homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system which is linked to a separate hot water cylinder.
Advantages of regular boiler:-
- Ideal for homes with two or more bathrooms where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
- Good option in areas where water pressure is low
- Compatible with solar water heating systems which helps to reduce your carbon footprint and provide lower energy costs