What type of boiler do I need?

With so many options available, installing a brand new boiler is a big decision to make. But the question you may be asking yourself is how do I choose the best boiler for my home? When you are asking yourself this question, you also need to consider your existing as well as future heating and hot water needs. If you prefer discussing your options with our friendly and reliable heating engineers, simply call us on 01227 678047.

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What are the different types of boilers available?

Conventional Boilers

One of the greatest benefits of a conventional boiler is that it heats up water which is then stored in a hot water tank. This makes sure that the water is warm for hours until it is needed. One of the main disadvantages of this type of boiler is that You will have to wait while additional hot water is heated and the tank is replenished after the hot water that has been stored runs out.

This is an ideal boiler for larger-sized homes with multiple bathrooms and has many radiators. Because it comes with extra storage tanks, you need to make sure your home has enough space for it too. Many people often choose to store this in the loft and the airing cupboard.

Combi Boilers 

These are one of the most popular choices of boilers, mainly because they are compact in size and offer hot water when it is needed, straight from the mains. This means you are able to take a shower without the necessity of an extra shower pump since hot water is available at mains pressure.

Combi boilers are perfect for homes with limited space since all of the components are integrated inside a single unit, eliminating the need for a separate hot water tank. 

You can also get a storage combi boiler, this is a boiler that is suitable for households with a bit more room. They function similarly to a combi boiler but feature a hot water tank similar to a conventional boiler system, allowing extra hot water to be stored and utilised later.

what are the different types of boilers

System Boilers

System boilers are very similar to combi boilers however the only difference between the two is that a system boiler comes along with a hot water cylinder. They work by supplying how water to a cylinder and the radiator directly from the mains. 

A hot water cylinder is required for system boilers to store hot water. Using a hot water storage cylinder has both benefits and disadvantages. On the one hand, hot water may be stored for a long time once it has been heated without needing to reheat it. 

The drawback is that if the water is cold, it could take some time for it to heat up, so you might have to wait before using your hot tap. A system boiler may have issues in a house with extremely low water pressure, making it similar to a combi boiler, however you will be glad to know that  this is not particularly frequent. The fact that a system boiler eliminates the need for the cold water tank in the loft allows for space and piping savings.  

We recommend choosing a system boiler if you have more than one bathroom or have a demand for hot water that cannot be met by a combi boiler then a system boiler is the right option for you.

If you are still unsure which type of boiler is the right one for you any your home, we will be happy to help. Get in touch with our friendly and highly knowledgeable heating engineers by viewing our contact details down below. 

Need to get a new boiler installed?

Our Gas Safe registered engineers are available throughout Whitstable, Canterbury, Ramsgate, Herne Bay, Faversham and the surrounding areas. Call our team on 01227 678047 or message us using our contact form to book a professional boiler installation service with us.