Choosing a boiler can be overwhelming. With so many types on the market, you need to understand which styles carry which advantages. The guide below will help you make an educated decision based on your needs:
Combination boilers, often called combi boilers, are popular for a few reasons. First, you don't need cylinders or water tanks. They also come in gas or electric varieties, so no matter what your utility setup looks like, they can become a part of your home system. In addition, combi boilers offer unlimited hot water and heat when it's needed and don't take up a lot of space. There are a few cons, however. First, water pressure can be reduced if you need to access hot water from multiple taps at the same time. In addition, the combi boiler can be quite tricky to install, but that's one of the reasons that hiring a professional to install your unit is a good idea. In the end, this boiler is great for most homes, especially when a high amount of hot water is not needed simultaneously in different areas of the home.
A system boiler, also referred to as a sealed system, does include a water cylinder and not a water tank. The lack of a tank is a certain benefit, and the pressure of the system allows multiple taps to access hot water at the same time. However, you may not get instant hot water, the hot water can deplete (causing you to wait for it to reheat), and the cylinder does take up some space. For homes in which hot water will be needed in multiple areas at once, this is still a great choice.
This is more of an attribute than a particular type of boiler. For example, you can have a combi boiler that condenses. These tend to be energy efficient because they hold some of the heat from the system that would otherwise escape from the top of a non-condensing unit. The condensing boilers re-use this captured heat and thus spend less energy for the same amount of output. While priced slightly higher than traditional boilers, these can save money on utility bills in the long run.
When shopping around for boilers (even with companies like Boiler Services, Inc.), choosing the right set of features for your home can be confusing. However, by evaluating the different types of boilers on the market, you can pick and choose the features you want to ensure that your family is content.