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How to choose your new boiler

Time to have a new boiler installed? It’s important to find the right type and size of boiler to suit you and your needs. As professional boiler installers in Plymouth, the team at B & R Heating are here to help you with everything boiler-related. Keep reading to learn more about choosing the right boiler for you.

Find your perfect boiler

Finding a new boiler can be a stressful decision to make – after all, it’s the one you’ll be stuck with for at least a few years! It doesn’t have to be a difficult decision, however, as you can use our handy online tool to find the perfect boiler for you. Answer a few questions such as:

  • What type of home do you live in?
  • How many bedrooms do you have?
  • How many bathrooms do you have?
  • Do you have a hot water cylinder?
  • What type of fuel do you use?

And we’ll tell you which boiler will suit your home! Of course, there’s always the option to speak to a member of our team if you’re unsure or have any questions. 

What are the different types of boilers?

There are three basic types of boiler: the conventional, the system, and the combi boiler. You should do some research into the different types of boilers before you commit to a fitting. Usually, your home will already have the most suited type of boiler, but you could switch to a more energy-efficient one. 

  • Conventional boilers. These are sometimes referred to as ‘regular’ or ‘heat-only’ boilers. Regular boilers need a cold water tank and a hot water tank. They have a water tank to store hot water and can provide hot water to taps, showers, and radiators.
  • System boilers. These also use a water tank to store hot water, however, they don’t need an additional cold water tank. The main components are also built into the main heating system, unlike a conventional boiler. You could say this is a modern upgrade from a regular boiler.
  • Combi boilers. Combination or ‘combi’ boilers are the most compact systems. It heats water directly from the mains, with all of the components in one single unit. There’s no need for any additional tanks with a combi boiler. 

What size of boiler suits you?

You’ll need to consider how large your boiler will need to be to sufficiently provide hot water for your home. You can talk to your heating installer about this, but there are some things you might want to consider beforehand.

How much water do you use?

If you have a large family, you’ll likely use more water than those in a single-occupancy household. Typically, conventional boilers are better suited for larger households, whereas a combi boiler should be sufficient for a one-bedroom house or flat, for example. Think about how many people live in your home, as well as the number of bathrooms. It’s also worth noting that power showers cannot be achieved with a combi boiler as the water pressure won’t be high enough to make it work.

How much space is available?

You’ll want to consider the size of your home in terms of how much space is available for the boiler. If you have little or no space in your loft or cupboards for additional tanks, a combi boiler is a great way to keep it compact. They don’t need any additional tanks, so they can be stored away in small cupboards or even in your kitchen!

Where will your new boiler go?

It’s a good idea to have your new boiler installed in the same place as the old one to avoid disruption to you and provide a simpler installation process. You can place your boiler in almost any room, as long as the pipework and flue can be installed correctly. Many people choose the kitchen or airing cupboard as they’re easily accessible.

Find professional boiler installers in Plymouth

Once you’ve decided on your boiler, you’ll need a trusted engineer to install it. At B & R Heating, we are professional boiler installers in Plymouth. All of our gas engineers are Gas Safe and OFTEC registered, meaning we’re certified to work safely in your home. Interested in any of our boiler services? Get in touch with us to have a chat about your options!

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