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Boilers and central heating systems to choose from

If you are considering a new boiler then you need to know the different types of boilers available and what they do. The size, type and make of boiler can all affect how much energy you use and how your home and hot water is heated. When it comes to what type of boiler, there are three main types to consider which are Combi, Conventional and System boilers.

    We’ve got some information on conventional and combi boilers here to explain the differences and system boilers are very similar to conventional boilers.

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    Combi boilers

    Combi, or combination boilers, are the most popular type of boiler in the United kingdom. They can be the cheapest option as combi boilers only heat the water you use for when you need it.

    Benefits of a combi boiler

    You get unlimited hot water whenever you need it because it heats water straight from the mains and you don't need a cold water tank or hot water cylinder, so you save space. That means they work particularly well if you live in a smaller house or flat.

    They're usually quicker to install because they've got less boiler parts than other heating systems.

    Things to think about

    If you use more than one tap at a time, it could reduce the flow of hot water. But that does also depend on the strength of your mains water pressure.Your water might take a few seconds to heat up.

    Conventional boilers

    These are also called regular or heat only boilers. They provide hot water to your radiators and a hot water cylinder.

    Benefits of a conventional boiler?

    They send water to lots of taps at the same time, without the flow of water getting weaker. We can fit an electrical immersion heater to the hot water cylinder at the same time we install your new boiler. Then you’ve got a back-up, just in case your boiler breaks down and a conventional boiler is ideal for larger homes that have more than one bathroom.

    Things to think about

    You need a lot of space for a hot water cylinder and a cold water tank too which we usually put in the loft. You need to decide ahead of time when you want hot water. There are controls so you can programme your boiler to heat the water in the cylinder, so you have hot water when you need it. You only have as much hot water as your cylinder can hold so if it runs out then you will have to wait for it to heat up again.

    Boiler and heating brands available

    We’ve been installing new boilers for many years with the top manufacturers of boilers. This includes Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi, Glow-worm, Potterton and a range of boilers. All our new boilers are A-rated for energy efficiency and we want to make sure that no matter what boiler you choose, you’re getting one you're happy with.

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