Simply put condensing boilers convert more energy to heat resulting in higher efficiencies reducing energy costs & greenhouse gasses.
New condensing boilers are over 88% efficient compared to 70-80% efficiency for conventional, non-condensing boilers. This is achieved by a highly effective heat exchanger within the flue which captures heat from the exhaust gasses which would have otherwise been lost. Typically condensing boilers are more expensive but this extra cost is recouped through the reduction in heating bills.
Combi Boiler heats hot water on demand and is used widely, not quite as efficient as a regular or system condensing boiler but they can be cheaper to install.
Regular Boiler also known as a traditional or conventional boiler and consists of separate controls, cistern & hot water tank.
System Boiler Similar to a regular boiler but with an important difference, the boiler contains an expansion vessel which means the feed and expansion tank is not required in the loft, saving space.
|FACTORS TO CONSIDER||SUITABLE BOILER TYPE|
|Your loft is converted or you wish to convert it.||Combi|
|You have no loft or roof space, live in a flat or bungalow.||Combi|
|You have more than 2 bathrooms.||System or Regular|
|You experience low mains water pressure.||System or Regular|
|You have an old boiler and want to upgrade an existing conventional boiler to high efficiency boiler.||System, Regular or Combi|
|You have many people in your home & need hot water on demand.||Combi|
Accounting for over half of new domestic boiler installations high efficiency condensing combi boilers are a great space saving solution to that of a regular or system condensing boiler.
Combis work by heating hot water on demand which removes the need for a hot water tank in the airing cupboard, this provides good efficiency in smaller properties as the water is only heated as and when required.
A conventional boiler will require a cold water tank in the loft, combi boilers take their feed direct from the mains supply which saves yet more space, no hot water or cold water tank, as a result of this less pipework is required which generally mean lower installation costs. A combi boiler also handles the central heating system, hence the name Combination boiler.
It's important to seek professional advice on which boiler is best suited to your requirements, in general a Combi boiler is a good choice if you live in a flat or wish to convert your loft into a living area. If you have more than a couple of bathrooms or mains water pressure is low then a conventional boiler is probably more suited, but remember, get professional advice, a company like British Gas can offer this for free.
A regular central heating system consists of a boiler unit, separate controls, a feed tank, expansion cistern & a hot water cylinder usually in the airing cupboard.
If you're intending to replace an older boiler it's more than likely that it will be a regular type system, this differs between a system boiler or combi boiler system as it takes up most space out of all 3 but its probably the most efficient.
It's important to seek professional advice on which boiler is best suited to your requirements, in general a regular boiler is a good choice if you have no space constraints & have a large family wishing to take hot water form several different sources at once, but remember, get professional advice, a company like British Gas can offer this for free.
Energy efficiency is the key to any reduction in heating costs & greenhouse gasses and one way of achieving this is by installing new style thermostatically controlled radiators. This allows you to set each individual radiator to a temperature suitable for the room, for instance you may want to set a bedroom or spare room lower than that of the bathroom.
Each radiator is fitted with a thermostatic valve (TRV) which controls the flow of water effectively regulating the temperature.
It's important not to put a TRV on a radiator in the same room as the main thermostat as this can fool the system into thinking the house is at a lower temperature than it really is and try to heat the system when not required.
When used correctly TRVs are a great way to reduce energy & heating costs.