Consider Your Options When Looking for a Central Heating Boiler
Choosing and buying the right kind of central heating boiler needs a little research. There are many different products available for installation in your home. They come in various makes, shapes, and sizes depending on your heating and hot water requirements. You can get gas boilers, electric boilers, and oil-fueled boilers, which one you choose will depend on the location of your house. Customers tend to choose a central heating boiler with respect to its efficiency, price, size, and the space required for storage, etc.
Let us take a look at the different types of central heating boilers, and their pros and cons. The most popular boiler used in UK homes is a combination boiler, also known as a combi boiler. It provides both heating and hot water around the house, which are supplied from the same boiler. This is often seen as a compact boiler as it saves space because you do not need a separate cylinder for hot water. It supplies hot water throughout the house, so you do not need to use an emersion heater. As it does not require a separate water tank on the roof of the house, it is less hassle to install, and of course there is less piping required to be installed around the house.
Condensing central heating boilers may be run on gas or oil. They are so named because during the heating process of the water, the water vapor that is produced is condensed into water and drained out through a separate drainage pipe from the boiler. These boilers are highly efficient water heaters.
Open-vented and unvented central heating boilers are also available on the market. A separate space is required in your home, like a closed kitchen or airing cupboard, to store the water cylinder for an unvented one. The disadvantage of this kind of central heating boiler is that it takes time for the water to boil and heat up, so you will need to wait until it is warm enough. The water can be finished quickly, if it is not used economically. For an open-vented or conventional boiler, you need space for a header and storage tank, therefore requiring lots of space for installation. Two tanks are needed because one stores water from the main supply, which in turn supplies water to the cylinder. When this cylinder is heated, hot water is supplied throughout the house. The second water tank keeps the right level of water in the central heating system. This kind of a central heating boiler is a bit cheaper than the others.
If you already have a back boiler, and it is time for a replacement, then there are better options than replacing it with another back boiler. A back boiler needs a lot of space for the cylinder, tanks, and the boiler.
Once a new product is installed, it is always a good idea to get central heating boiler insurance even if it is brand new for it could go wrong at any time. As the boiler burns fuel, it is best to get boiler maintenance carried out annually to make sure that everything is running properly, and ensure that it is not producing harmful gases that could threaten your life.
Some of the central heating boiler manufacturers in the UK are well-known, namely Worcester, Bosch, Baxi, Vaillant, etc. All of these manufacturers produce quality products. Their boilers are efficient, long lasting, and have great performance. Baxi products are more reasonably priced compared to the other two.
The total expense of getting a central heating boiler, including installation, will depend upon what type of a central heating boiler you buy with respect to your home requirements, the space required for it, the installation charge, boiler insurance, boiler after care costs, its maintenance cost, and so on. Whatever central heating boiler system is chosen, you should research it to understand what exactly you are looking for.
Check with your electric or gas supplier to see what offers they have on providing care and cover for your central heating boiler. Having boiler cover will give you peace of mind knowing that if you do encounter any central heating problems down the line, you will be covered at no extra cost. You may also have cover as part of your home insurance, so make sure you do not purchase additional cover that is unnecessary. Also check your cover to see if you have a free annual service check.