Three Main Boiler Types
Choosing a boiler that is best for you home is very important. The first step is knowing the types of boilers, the three main types of boilers are combination (also known as combi), system and conventional boiler. Here is a brief explanation of each main type along with the pros and cons that accompany them.
1. Combination Boiler
The combination boilers are commonly referred to as combi boilers, these tend to be very popular being as they not only provide heat but also hot water, this means that you do not need to have a water tank or cylinder installed, saving on money, time and space. A combi boiler can be either gas or electric boiler. A combination boiler will work for just about any home, it is however best if it is not a home where more than one person may require large amounts of hot water at the same time.
- Unlimited hot water and heat when you need it whenever you need it.
- No need for clunky tanks or cylinders to be installed.
- They do not require extra space.
- There may be reduced water pressure if more than one tap requires hot water at a time.
- The actually installation of a combination boiler can be a bit tricky.
2. System Boilers
System boilers may also be referred to as sealed system, these include a water cylinder which is generally installed in an airing cupboard. There is however no need for a water tank which will save you a bit of money and of course space. This type is ideal for almost any home, especially those that need hot water in more place than one at the same time.
- You do not need to have a water tank installed.
- You save a bit of space.
- You are able to get hot water from more than one tap at the same time.
- Hot water is not instantly available.
- You may run out of hot water at which point you will have to wait for the water to reheat.
- You will have to make space to install the water cylinder.
3. Conventional Boilers
A conventional boiler may also be referred to as a regular boiler or an open vent boiler. A conventional boiler requires both a cylinder and a water tank, yes this means that you will have to make space to install not only a cylinder but also a water tank. This type of water boiler is ideal for most homes, especially those that require hot water in more than one place at the same time.
- Hot water will be easily available in more than one tap at the same time.
- Hot water may run out after which you will have to wait for the water to reheat.
- You will have to find space to install not only a cylinder, but also a water tank.
These are the three most common boilers on the market. Before choosing a boiler, it is important to consider what you will need the hot water for as well as how much space the installation will require. It is also nest to find the most energy efficient boiler type, this will save you money in the long run. Seeking professional advice on the subject prior to choosing is highly recommended.