Buying a new boiler for your home is a big deal so when it comes to selecting which type of boiler you should purchase, you need to select carefully and consider our free and impartial boiler advice.
An important factor to take into consideration when choosing the best boiler for your home is efficiency. If you have gas central heating, your boiler will account for approximately 60% of your home’s CO2 emissions (according to the Energy Saving Trust). So if you are looking to cut your energy consumption this should be your starting point.
The four main types of domestic boilers are:
The combination boiler is often referred to as a combi boiler. The combi boiler is the UK’s most popular choice and represents 70% of new boiler purchases. The combi boiler provides heat to your radiators and other domestic hot water supplies on demand.
Heat Only Boilers, Such as Back Boilers
Although no longer the first choice in the UK, some homes still have them installed. The heat only boiler is connected to a hot water storage system in your home. Unlike a combi boiler, once the heat only boiler has run out of hot water, you will have to wait for the water to heat up again.
Condensing boilers are the most energy efficient boilers in the UK market; however they can be the most expensive. Condensing boilers use the heat from exhaust gases that would normally be released into the atmosphere through the flue. To use this latent heat, the water vapour from the exhaust gas is turned into liquid condensate; enabling the boiler to extract more heat from the fuel it uses which is why it is the most energy efficient choice.
Just like a regular conventional boiler, a system boiler works on the principle of stored hot water, however there are 2 differences. Firstly, most of the main components of the heating and hot water system are built in to the boiler. This means that installation is faster, tidier, easier and more efficient. Secondly, because of the way the hot water is pumped from the boiler through the system it is very quick to respond and has low running costs.
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For help and advice on choosing the right boiler for your home, click on the link above for quotations on buying and installing your new boiler. You can change your preferences to determine the costs of buying and installing the various types of boiler available before going ahead.