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What Type of Boiler Do I Need?

Deciding on which boiler to choose from is something you need to think about carefully. There are many options available to suit your home, but which one is best suited for yours? Remember when contemplating this, you need to think about your heating and hot water costs and your current heating system and the dynamics of your home. At Tyne and Wear, we offer three different types of boilers, which will be explored below.

What type of boiler do I need?

Choosing The Right Type of Boiler For Your Home

There are three main types of boilers that can be installed into your home: Combi, heat only (which are regular boilers) and system boilers. The most suitable type of boiler for you greatly depends upon your current hot water demands from you and your family, the fuel that is available and the age of your system. If it is 15 years or older, it’s probably time for a  new boiler installation.

The Combi Boiler

Combi boilers, also known as combination boilers are the go-to choice for most people in the UK due to them being highly efficient and can reduce your heating bills. They are great for space-saving as they are much smaller than other types of boilers. They function by supplying on-demand hot water directly from the main water supply without the hassle of having to connect to a storage tank. This means an additional pump is not required as all of the components are within one unit, making it a great option for properties with limited space.

The Conventional Boiler

A regular boiler has been around for many years. They operate by having a combination of cold and hot water tanks which keeps the water warm for hours until required. Once the stored hot water has been used up, you will need to wait for more water to be heated so the tank can be refilled. This system is ideal for larger homes as the tank can take up a lot of space. The cold water tank is usually located in the loft whilst the water storage tank is in an airing cupboard. This indicates that they do not rely on mains pressure for the water feed. If you are looking for a boiler upgrade, it will save you money as you already have the pipeworks and tanks that are needed for an upgrade.

System Boiler

System boilers can be described as an upgraded version of a regular boiler. They both provide hot water on demand for your taps and showers and heating water for your radiators. The hot water goes directly to a storage cylinder and is stored in one unit, which is similar to the combi boiler. Both types of heating systems are perfect for homes with two or more bathrooms or for those who need more hot water than what a combi boiler provides.

Important Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Boiler

  1. The Size of Your Home

    The available space in your home is a huge factor in what type of boiler will be the best suited for you. If you have a smaller place, a combi boiler would be the better choice as the other boilers require a larger and colder water tank and boiler.

  2. Hot Water

    The type of boiler you would like is dependable on your use of hot water in your home. If there is a high demand for hot water, then a system or regular boiler will be more suitable as it has a water cylinder. However, this depends upon the space available.

  3. Your Current Heating System

    It is important to think about whether or not you want to replace your heating system. If you have an older system or an older home this is usually advised. Always bear in mind that different types of boilers will require different amounts of or different amounts of space. It is recommended that you avoid replacing it unless it isn’t practical or is too costly.

What Size Boiler Do I Need?

When contemplating a boiler’s size, it is referring to the boiler’s output rather than the dimensions of the boiler. The boiler power is measured in kilowatts, meaning the higher the kilowatt the higher the capacity of the boiler to meet your heating provisions.

Next Steps

If you need to replace your boiler, then it is worth getting in contact with heating engineers to discuss your options and what you require in your current living situation. We have different types of boiler brands including, Main Eco Compact, Ideal Logic + and Baxi 800.