Central heating systems are essential in a modern home. They fuel the heating and radiators to keep you and your home warm during the colder months. There are different types of central heating boilers you can have installed. They all have different benefits and can come in a range of prices.
A combination or ‘combi’ boiler:
• Compact sizes make combi boilers perfect for smaller properties
• Ideal where there is little or no loft space
• No need for a hot water cylinder allows increased living space
• No cold water storage tank frees up a loft for conversion
• No risk of loft pipework freezing
• Less pipework in the home makes installation typically cheaper
A system boiler:
• Ideal 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 loft tank, freeing up space and eliminating worries about leaks or frost damage
• Economical to run
• Built-in components makes installation quicker and neater
• Regular Boilers
• Compatible with solar water heating systems
A conventional or heat only boiler:
• Perfect for homes where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
• Ideal where there are two or more bathrooms
• A good option in areas where water pressure is low
• Compatible with solar water heating systems for a lower carbon footprint and lower energy costs
These types of boilers use heat in the waste flue gas to preheat cold water going into the boiler. This is a high efficiency type of boiler that need an additional condensing pipe installed into the wall of your property to allow condensed vapours to escape your home while the boiler is working.
When Should I Replace My Central Heating System Boiler
Annual servicing will ensure that your boiler is well maintained and monitored for any damages or safety risks. This in turn will prolong the lifespan of your boiler however the older they get, the harder they have to work to heat your home, making them less efficient and at higher risk of malfunction or breakdown.
If your home has a traditional or conventional central heating boiler system already built into your home, replacing the boiler with a heat-only (conventional) boiler will make the job less expensive since you are only paying for the installation of the boiler unit, not the entire system. It is also an easier option for homes with traditional boilers because systems like combi boilers don’t use a storage tank, so the removal of the tank, cylinders and pipework would add up to the overall installation cost.
Fortunately there are many plumbing and heating companies that offer boiler deals and boiler finance plans. Contact a local plumber or heating engineer to see which central heating boiler system would be best for your budget and your home.