The boiler is at the heart of your home. That’s why it’s important to get it right. You need to consider which type of boiler is best, where you should position your boiler, which size boiler you should purchase and which boiler manufacturer offers the most appropriate boiler for your needs. All of this is explored in further detail below…
What type of boiler?
The first thing to consider is the type of boiler that you would like installed. This will most likely depend on your lifestyle and storage space.
- Heat-only boilers, otherwise known as conventional/regular boilers, heat your central heating and store the hot water in a large storage tank. Heat-only boilers are appropriate for households where there is a greater demand for water and where there is low water pressure.
- System boilers are similar to heat-only boilers, except they have many of the major components built within; meaning installation is much simpler and quicker. Additionally, system boilers pump hot water through the central heating to the radiators and hot water cylinder, resulting in a much faster response time. Similar to heat-only boilers, these boilers are appropriate for households where there is a greater demand for water.
- Combination boilers are much smaller than the other two types. They function by heating the water directly from the mains as soon as the water is turned on; therefore there is no need for a storage tank. These types of boilers are appropriate for smaller households where storage space is limited and the demand for water is relatively low.
Which boiler manufacturer?
All boiler manufacturers have their advantages. Worcester-Bosch and Vaillant UK are well-known and well-established brands across the UK and are recognised for their fantastic customer service. Likewise, Baxi are a well-established brand throughout the UK, but they are also recognised for their 10-year, no-catch manufacture guarantee. On the other hand, Glow Worm, a significantly smaller brand, are recognised for their low prices. It’s important to consider what is more important for your needs before purchasing a new boiler.
Size of the boiler
The size of the recommended boiler can be calculated by assessing the level of insulation in your home, airtightness, storage space and water requirements. You will most likely be able to determine this when choosing which type of boiler is most appropriate.
Position of the boiler
Ideally, most boilers should be fitted within the kitchen or utility area. However, it is the position of the flue that is the most important aspect. Modern flues release a stream of steam that can be a nuisance if positioned incorrectly. It’s important to think about where this stream will go.
If you’re still unsure of which boiler is most appropriate for your needs or you need a gas-safe registered heating engineer to install your boiler, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 07985 742359 or you can fill out the contact form on the contact page of our website. We cover South Tyneside and the rest of the North East of England. We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.