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Different Types of Boilers

Buying a new boiler is a huge investment, not only because of the costs involved with the installation, but also because of how much of an impact the boiler will have on your day to day life for the next decade or so. Because of this, it's important that you choose the right one for your home. Keep reading so you can make an informed decision and find out whether a combination, conventional or system boiler best suits your household needs…

Conventional boilers 

Conventional boilers have the most components (a water storage cylinder and two water tanks) so require the most space of the three. They are ideal for larger homes with a lot of loft space or an older radiator system...

Pros of installing a conventional boiler

  • Do not require good mains pressure
  • Can use multiple taps without affecting the water pressure 
  • Can meet a high demand for hot water 

Cons of installing a conventional boiler

  • Require lots of storage space
  • Hot water is limited to how much water your cylinder can hold 
  • Energy can escape when the water is in the cylinder (need a well insulated cylinder) 

System boilers 

System boilers require a water storage cylinder but unlike conventional boilers do not require separate water tanks, as the other components are built into the boiler itself. This makes them suitable for smaller homes as they require no loft space. They can meet a high demand for hot water and are suitable for homes with several bathrooms. 

Pros of installing a system boiler

  • Do not require good mains pressure
  • Do not require any loft space
  • Can use multiple taps without affecting the water pressure 

Cons of installing a system boiler

  • Still need some space for a water cylinder
  • Hot water is limited to how much water your cylinder can hold
  • Energy can escape when the water is in the cylinder (need a well insulated cylinder) 

Combi boilers 

Combi boilers are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, as they require no components other than the boiler itself. They take up very little room but will struggle to keep up with a high demand for hot water, so are ideal for smaller homes. They operate by heating water directly from the mains. 

Pros of installing a combi boiler

  • Very little space required
  • Very energy efficient as they only heat water when it is needed
  • Water is heated immediately 

Cons of installing a combi boiler

  • Water pressure decreases if several taps are used
  • Requires good mains pressure
  • Struggles to meet a high demand for hot water 

Need a new boiler in Coventry, Rugby or Lutterworth? 

We hope this blog post has helped you make a more educated decision about which boiler your home needs. If you are still stuck, our gas engineers are happy to answer any more questions you may have - don’t hesitate to get in touch! Here at Home Heating UK, we carry out gas boiler and LPG boiler installations in Coventry, Daventry, Hinckley, Rugby, Lutterworth and all surrounding areas.

To book a boiler replacement with our gas engineers or to find out more information on the types of boilers we install, fill out our contact form, email us at steve.heating@mail.com or give us a call on 07480 245 506 / 07450 396 141 We hope to hear from you soon!