How to choose between different boilers?

 As the boilers become a necessary part of every building in the UK, manufacturers are trying to enhance the versatility that users can get to keep their homes and buildings warm.

The question that buyers often ask themselves is which type of boilers best suits them given the facilities and prices of different boilers. We believe that this knowledge should be more publicized than usual to make the public aware of what type of boiler to choose.

There are 3 basic types of boilers that are most often used. These boilers include:

·         Combination or Combi boilers

·         Heat-only boilers

·         System boilers

Combination/Combi Boilers:

A combi boiler is a unit that generates all the heating and scorching water for the home. There are no boiling water tanks.

 Benefits of Combi boilers:                    

·         Space taken by the combi boilers is less because of its unique functionality of combining the water heater and central heating system in one place.

·         It made High power showers possible because hot water flows through all the taps and pipes at the central/main level. Immediate heating service is one step away.

·         It does not require a separate tank on the roof, an all-in-one facility of combi boilers makes it less costly and takes lesser time to install



Drawbacks of Combi boilers:

·         If the water supply has poor pressure, then combi boilers are not the ideal type for you.

·         Hot water rates are reduced if the water is used simultaneously in over one place.

·         Complex chips and electronic infra-structure often makes it impossible to be repaired

Heat Only Boilers:

A heat-only boiler only provides heating. It works with a boiling water cylinder that helps keep the water warm at all times. As it self-explains itself, the heat-only boiler is just the boiler that heats up the water. That is why it is also called ‘Regular boiler’

Benefits of heat-only boilers:

·         If your home has older radiators, then heat-only boilers work well with them.

·         Heat-only boilers are better suited to larger households where several people frequently need to use hot water at the same time.

·         It inflicts low replacement costs as it is the easiest boiler to install and replace.

Drawbacks of heat-only boilers:

·         If the storage tank is out of water, wait for the water to be refilled until it gets ready to use.

·         Less efficient than other boilers

·         It does not cover the support resources attached to the boiler tank in the guarantee agreement. This may cost extra when attached tools get deteriorated.


System Boilers:

A system boiler works with a steel hot water cylinder for hot water production but has all the same other components as a combi boiler. System boilers are the best choice if you think you'll need a heat-only boiler but don't want lots of external components.

Benefits of system boilers:

·         Provides for high hot water demand simultaneously to multiple outlets

·         Good guarantee deal as the components resourcing it are mostly fit inside it

Drawbacks of system boilers:

·         Space required for hot water cylinder

·         Might be installed with higher costs than others



Based on the benefits and drawbacks of all three types of boilers, you can which one suits you the best and make your decision likewise.

Still not sure and got more questions? The AR Heating team can help its clients to get the best boiler advice possible in the town. Our expert engineers and plumbers will guide you from scratch and leave only when you have a central heating system up and running. 

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