Guide to boiler types
- 1. Combination (combi) boiler
The benefits of using gas-fired combination boilers, is because they heat the water directly as it comes in from the mains, they do not require cold or hot water storage tanks. Because of this they are good solutions for compact homes.As with all modern boilers, combi boilers utilise heat exchangers to make use of the energy in the waste gasses to make the heating process more energy efficient.
- They have an efficiency level of up to 98%
- Do not require external storage tanks
- Can power a shower without the need for a separate pump
- They produce significantly less soot
- They consume up to 30% less energy when compared to older heating installations
- They require lower initial costs
- They are quick to install
- They can be expanded with other heating technologies
- 2. System boiler
Also known as 'sealed system boilers' they have an expansion vessel built into the boiler itself, so they do not require a header tank, only needing a hot water tank unlike regular boiler systems. This makes them ideal for homes with multiple bathrooms, as they can supply hot water to all the taps at the same time.
- 3. Regular boiler
Also called open vent, heat only or gravity-fed boilers, they provide central heating and hot water by the use of a hot water storage cylinder. This cylinder is usually installed in an airing cupboard with the cold water tank in the loft. A home with multiple bathrooms often suits an open vent boiler as they can provide a lot of hot water at the same time. If you have low water pressure and are replacing an old open vent boiler, a new open vent boiler should work well.
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