Learn About Boilers
A combination or ‘combi’ boiler is both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn on a tap, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water storage tank in the roof space.
They are also very cost-effective and energy-efficient as water is heated instantly rather than being heated and then stored in a cylinder. An added benefit is that hot water is delivered at mains pressure, which means that you could get a powerful shower without the need for a separate pump.
- Compact sizes make combi boilers perfect for smaller properties
- Ideal where there is little or no loft space
- No need for a hot water cylinder allows increased living space
- No cold water storage tank frees up a loft for conversion
- No risk of loft pipework freezing
- Less pipework in the home makes installation typically cheaper
System boilers require a cylinder for storing hot water, however the major heating and hot water system components are built into the boiler itself, making it quicker and easier to install. In addition, there is no need for a tank in the loft, so it can be an option in a home with little or no loft space or where the space is earmarked for a conversion.
These boilers are also compatible with solar water heating systems, which deliver environmental benefits as well as lower energy bills.
- Ideal for homes with more than one bathroom
- Constant supply of hot water to any number of taps at the same time
- No need for a loft tank, freeing up space and eliminating worries about leaks or frost damage
- Economical to run
- Built-in components makes installation quicker and neater
Regular boilers (sometimes known as traditional, conventional or heat only boilers) are ideally suited to homes that already have a traditional heating and hot water system which is linked to a separate hot water cylinder. These boilers also need a cold water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder as well as a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system.
A regular boiler may be the best option for replacing an existing boiler if the property has an older radiator system, as it might not be able to cope with the higher water pressure that is delivered by system or combi boilers.
- Perfect for homes where a lot of hot water is used at the same time
- Ideal where there are two or more bathrooms
- A good option in areas where water pressure is low
- Compatible with solar water heating systems for a lower carbon footprint and lower energy costs
What is a condensing boiler?
Since 2005 all boilers that are installed must be condensing. A condensing boiler makes more of the energy it runs on by using heat normally expelled through the flue. By converting over 90% of the fuel used (rather than just 50% in the case of some old boilers), a condensing boiler makes your fuel go further Therefore, a condensing boiler can help to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint
How long does it take to install my new boiler?
This depends on the type of job we are carrying out for you. If we are just swapping your boiler for a new boiler the generally this can be done in one day. However, if we are swapping your system type for example removing your cylinder and tanks and fitting a combi boiler then this job can take a couple of days. Our fully trained heating surveyors will guide you through your specific timescale whilst carrying out a survey of your property and our engineers will make sure your never without water overnight.
What Brand of boilers do we install?
We work with all the leading manufactuers of boilers such as Worcester Bosch, Ideal, Vaillant, Ideal & Viessman which allows us to offer you the customer the widest range of A rated makes, models & waranties available within the market. With access to the full range of solutions within the market it allows us to tailor our solution to your specific needs, requirements & budget
What is power flushing?
Power flushing is a process by which heating systems are cleansed from sludge using chemicals with a power flushing pump. The process makes no mess and causes minimal disturbance to your property as no radiators need to be removed. At the end of the power flushing process, the system contains fresh clean water.
Why do I need an energy-efficient boiler?
The answer to this question is very simple, especially when you realise that heating accounts for about 60 per cent of what you spend each year on energy bills! Installing a new, energy-efficient boiler will make a big difference to your costs; the exact saving will depend on how old and inefficient your existing boiler is and the type of fuel it uses, but upgrading tends to save up to £350 per year. Your typical new boiler will come with a warranty lasting anywhere from 5-10 years. Newer, more energy-efficient boilers are mainly compact units with internal components, giving you total peace of mind that anything within the unit itself will be fully guaranteed (again saving you money on your investment).