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Domestic boiler advice blog post by B&R Heating Ltd

Domestic Boiler Advice

If you are looking to have a new domestic boiler installed at home, there are numerous factors to consider before you buy. These include:

  • The size of your property
  • How many people live there
  • How many radiators you have
  • What your water pressure is like
  • How many bathrooms/en-suites are being used
  • The boiler’s location
  • The pressure of your mains cold water
  • Whether you have a power shower.

First and foremost, you must choose a boiler that is the right size to meet your needs. Bigger is not necessarily better – one that is too big is like having a Formula 1 engine in a two-wheel-drive car!

If it is too powerful it cannot run on a low enough output and may struggle to get rid of the excess heat, so it keeps switching off and on and the ignition will burn out much quicker. It will also use more gas and generate more emissions, running less efficiently in the process.

Conversely, one that is too small means you will be forever moaning at others in your family for not leaving you enough hot water for your bath or shower! If you’re looking for any advice for commercial boilers Plymouth, domestic boilers Plymouth, boiler installation Plymouth, boiler maintenance Plymouth … ANYTHING boiler related, get in contact with us.

What boiler is best for a flat or small property?

If you have a smaller property or flat with one or two people using one bathroom, you will be better off with a combi (or combination) boiler which will heat both your hot water and your radiators.

Around three-quarters of properties have a combi-boiler, which also saves space as you do not need a separate hot water cylinder. Instead, the water comes from the cold water main and is heated up.

Another option is the storage combination boiler which has an additional storage tank, or ‘heat store’ hidden within the boiler, which preheats the water and offers a higher flow rate.

Which size boiler is best for a larger house?

If you have a larger property, from three-beds upwards, and a family or larger household, we would recommend a System Boiler. If your property is really large, you may even consider having two boilers, which may cost more initially but will be more efficient in the long run.

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