Important Points To Consider Before Installing A New Boiler

Boilers are expensive, that’s why it’s important to get the right one. You need to consider which type of boiler is most appropriate, which boiler manufacturer is best and where is the most appropriate position for the new boiler.  We’ve discussed all of this below…

Which type of boiler?

The first thing to consider is which type of boiler is most suitable for your home. A lot of this might be decided with regards to what is already in place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a change…

Conventional boiler

Conventional boilers are most appropriate for households where a) there is an existing hot-water cylinder in place, b) there is an existing cold-water storage tank in the loft and c) the house uses an old radiator system, which might otherwise struggle to cope with the high water pressure that comes with the installation of system and combination boilers. Additionally, they are ideal for households where there is a high demand for hot water, i.e. homes with larger families or two or more bathrooms.

System boiler

System boilers are appropriate for households where a) there is an existing hot-water cylinder in place and b) there is limited space in the loft and therefore cannot accommodate a cold-water storage tank. Similar to conventional boilers, system boilers are ideal for households that have one or more bathroom and a high demand for hot water at the same time. System boilers are deemed to be quite economical.

Combination boiler

Combination boilers are most appropriate for households where there is limited storage space. They are much smaller in size and they function by heating the water directly from the mains as soon as a water source is turned on (tap, toilet, shower etc.). Unlike the other two types of boiler, they are perhaps most ideal for households with low water requirements.

Which boiler manufacturer?

The next thing to consider is which boiler manufacturer do you choose. They all have their advantages – and we install a variety of boilers for that exact reason. For instance, Worcester-Bosch are recognised for their strong brand name and their great customer support. Meanwhile, Baxi are recognised for their extended guarantees that they offer on most of their boilers, whilst Glow-Worm are recognised for their extremely low prices. It’s important to consider which is most important, quality over price, or price over quality?

Size of the boiler

The size of the boiler will mostly likely be decided by the type of boiler that you choose, but it can also be calculated by assessing other factors such as the level of insulation in your home and airtightness.

Position of the boiler

Most boilers will be fitted in the kitchen, but it is important to consider whether you have room for and the most appropriate place for cylinders and storage tanks, should you need either. However, it is also important to consider the position of the flue. Modern flues release a cloud of steam, which can be particularly annoying if it filters back into an open window located above or near a neighbour’s house. We can offer our advice on this.

If you need some assistance in choosing the right boiler for your home, we can be of service. We’re based in Stevenage but cover the surrounding areas, including Baldock, Hatfield, Hertfordshire and London. You can give us a call on 07877 178198 or you can email us at ytplumbingandheating@yahoo.com. We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.