It goes without saying that boilers are crucial to home heating and hot water generation, and play a large part in the energy efficiency of our homes. As such, making sure that that you have a decent boiler installed and it is working as efficiently as it can is very important. Of course, boilers can be unreliable and require regular maintenance to ensure after to ensure they are operating effectively.
What type of boiler is best for your home?
There are three principal options for which boiler to install in your home:
1) Combination (or Combi) Boiler
- This is the most popular type of boiler in the UK – estimates suggest around 70% of homes have combi boilers installed
- Combi boilers are great when space it at a premium and – they provide heat and hot water direct from the mains supply, which is at once the main advantage and disadvantage of this system – water pressure from the mains is limited
2) Open vent boilers
- Suitable for larger homes, open vent boilers provide heat and water through a storage cylinder seated in (for example) a cupboard, and water tanks in the loft. The main downside is that although a higher pressure than combi can be maintained – the water only lasts as long as the heating cylinder has capacity
3) Sealed system boiler
- This type provides heat and water through a cylinder, with no need for water tanks. Most suited to larger houses with multiple bathroom types and en suites. Again, limited by cylinder capacity.
Who should install your boiler?
Boiler installation to a high standard, should be a high priority for our domestic energy efficiency. Of course, most of the big energy companies offer a wide range of install options. If we take the Scottish and Southern Home Services example, they are currently offering interest free credit, £400 off A-Grade boilers and two years of free cover. See the links below for information on boiler installation, including what type of boiler is best for your home.
- Which – boiler features explained http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/heating-water-and-electricity/reviews/boilers/page/features-explained/
- Hubpages – a look at types of boiler – http://mcdroid.hubpages.com/hub/boilertypes
- Boilers explained – Boiler Choices (Consumer Focus) -http://www.boilerchoices.co.uk/boilers.html