When choosing a new boiler, you have to make sure that it is suitable for your home and family’s needs both now and in the longer term.

There are 3 main types of domestic boilers; regular boilers, combi boilers and system boilers. Each of these have their own unique features and benefits and thus suit different kinds of properties. In this blog post we discuss your gas boiler options to help you decide what boiler is right for you.

Combi Boiler

A combination or ‘combi’ boiler is both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn on a tap, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold-water storage tank in the roof space.

They are also very cost-effective and energy-efficient as water is heated instantly rather than being heated and then stored in a cylinder. An added benefit is that hot water is delivered at mains pressure, which means that you could get a powerful shower without the need for a separate pump.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Compact sizes make combi boilers perfect for smaller properties.
  • Ideal where there is little or no loft space.
  • No need for a hot water cylinder allows increased living space.
  • No cold-water storage tank frees up a loft for conversion.
  • No risk of loft pipework freezing.
  • Less pipework in the home makes installation typically cheaper

System Boiler

System boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water, however the major heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler itself, making it quicker and easier to install. In addition, there is no need for a tank in the loft, so it can be an option in a home with little or no loft space or where the space is earmarked for a conversion.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Ideal for homes with more than one bathroom.
  • Constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time.
  • Compatible with solar water heating systems, which deliver environmental benefits as well as lower energy bills.
  • No need for a loft tank, freeing up space and eliminating worries about leaks or frost damage.
  • Economical to run.
  • Built-in components make installation quicker and neater.

Regular Boiler

Regular boilers (sometimes known as traditional, conventional or heat only boilers) are ideally suited to homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system which is linked to a separate hot water cylinder. These boilers also need a cold-water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system.

A regular boiler may be the best option for replacing an existing boiler if the property has an older radiator system, as it might not be able to cope with the higher water pressure that is delivered by system or combi boilers.

Key features and benefits include:

  • Perfect for homes where a lot of hot water is used at the same time.
  • Ideal where there are two or more bathrooms.
  • A good option in areas where water pressure is low.

Need More Help Deciding What Boiler Is Right for You?

If you are still unsure which boiler is best for you and your home please get in touch with our friendly team today. Call 0141 952 0707.