Do you need a new heating system, or are you not sure if your boiler is the most cost-effective boiler for you? There are many aspects to consider when having a new boiler installed – at B&R Heating, we can help you decide which option is right for you.
What are the different types of boilers?
There are three types of boilers: regular boilers, system boilers, and combi boilers.
Regular boilers are also referred to as traditional, conventional, or heat-only boilers. They’re best suited to properties that have an existing traditional heating system. Regular boilers need a cold-water storage tank in the loft to feed the hot water cylinder, in addition to a tank that maintains the water level of the central heating system. If your home has an older radiator system, a conventional boiler might be the best option for you, as these radiators might not cope with higher water pressure.
System boilers need a cylinder for storing hot water, however, the heating components are built into the boiler itself. This makes them faster to install than a traditional boiler. Without the need for an additional storage tank, this could be a suitable option for homes with little or no loft space.
Combi boilers are commonly found in modern homes, heating the water directly from the mains rather than utilising a storage tank. No storage cylinders are necessary for a combi boiler, making them compact and ideal for homes with low storage space.
What are the properties of a cost-effective boiler?
The cost-effectiveness of a boiler can depend on several factors. For example, the type of fuel used in your heating system can reduce or lower its running costs.
Many boilers over 10 years old will use oil as fuel. However, many of these boilers only convert 60% of the fuel they use into heat, impacting running costs and the environment. These boilers can be updated to make them more cost-effective.
Modern LPG (liquified petroleum gas) condensing boilers can be installed to improve fuel efficiency to over 90%, making them an incredibly cost-effective option. This could save you up to 30% on your annual heating bills.
Gas is the most common fuel used in modern-day heating systems. Gas boilers over ten years old can waste as much as 40% of fuel used, reducing their cost-effectiveness. Replacing your boiler with a modern condensing boiler can solve this problem, improving its efficiency to over 90%.
Regular and system boilers are compatible with solar water heating systems, which can help to reduce energy bills and your carbon footprint if implemented. Regular boilers often run at a lower water pressure, which makes them more cost-effective than if they were run at a higher pressure. System and combi boilers don’t require an additional tank for water storage in the loft, eliminating worries about leaks or frost damage. Due to this, they’re also economical to run, and built-in components make installation quicker and neater.
How do you find out the cost-effectiveness of your boiler?
It’s important to regularly have your boiler serviced to reduce safety concerns, as well as assess the cost-effectiveness of your boiler. Annual boiler servicing is recommended to maintain the quality of your boiler. At B&R Heating, we can help you understand how to improve the cost-effectiveness of your boiler. Boiler servicing can also help to identify:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Damages to the heating system
- Parts that need repairing or replacement
What boilers do B&R Heating supply in Plymouth?
We supply a range of boilers in Plymouth and across the South West. We work with Worcester-Bosch to provide you with the best range of heating systems, all of which come with a 12-year guarantee. This means you’ll always benefit from a long-lasting boiler when you purchase and install your heating system through B&R Heating.
To find out more about our services, or to enquire about your heating system, feel free to reach out to us by calling our team on 01752 695050 or by visiting our contact page.