Which boiler is best for my property?
This information page is about what type of boiler or central heating system you should install in you property. We’ll also provide you information on alternative types of heating you may want to consider.
Opt for a condensing boiler
These of boilers have improved efficiency over a standard boiler. Is you boiler over 15 years old? Then you may find your boiler could be a G rated boiler. Replacing your old G rated boiler with an A rated condensing boiler could save you £235 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust, that’s and incredible saving of up to 25 percent.
Should I choose a combination or conventional boiler?
If you install a conventional boiler then you’ll require space for a copper cylinder. As a result you may find installing a combination boiler a benefit as take up less space and are cheaper.
If you property has multiple bathrooms then you’re recommend having a conventional boiler installed. A combination boiler is recommended for a standard 3-bed property. This is because the boiler’s hot water pressure and service is greatly reduced when several different sources use the hot water at the same time.
With a conventional boiler you have the back of the immersion heater if your boilers broken down.
So when you’re considering between a combination boiler or a conventional boiler don’t just based your decision on price, consider what’s best in the long run for your property.
Are their alternative sources of heating?
Wood heating systems
Wood heating systems are technically known as biomass systems. They burn organic material, typically wood pellets, chips or logs and there are two types of systems: stoves and boilers.
Stoves are generally used as standalone room heater but they can also be fitted with a back boiler to provide you with hot water in your home. Biomass boilers can also be connected to your existing central heating and hot water system.
What is the cost of installing a wood heating system?
For boilers, an automatically fed pellet boiler for an average home can cost around £11,500 including installation, flue, flue store and VAT at 5%. If you chose to go for a manually fed log boiler system can be slightly cheaper.
Cost of a wood heating system
Pellet stove around £4,300
Log stove around £2,000
Automatically fed boiler around £11,500
Manually fed log boilers under £11,500
Solar water heating
A solar water heating systems enables you to heat water in your home using energy from the sun.
What are the benefits of solar water heating?
The system works all year round constantly generating you hot water. You’ll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
Sun light is free, enabling you to reduce your heating bill cost. Solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system, which can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
What is the cost of installing a solar water heating system?
The cost of installing a solar water heating system is around £4,800 but savings are moderate – the system will provide you most of your hot water during the summer but a lot less during the winter and cold periods.