What kind of boiler do I need?

When it comes to choosing a boiler, the options can seem overwhelming. When confronted with different types, as well as different sizes and kinds of fuel, answering the question “What kind of boiler do I need?” can be a challenge. There are a number of things you should take into consideration when thinking about what kind of boiler you need, to ensure that it is ideal for your home and the way you use it.Boiler Vector heating

Type

There are three main types of boiler; combi boilers, system boilers, and conventional boilers.Combi boilers provide both heat and hot water, giving you as much heat and hot water when you need it, as soon as you need it. They are ideal for homes that don’t have room for a water tank or cylinder, and people who don’t like waiting for a shower.However, combi boilers do make it difficult for multiple people to use hot water at the same time in different parts of the house. Big families might find system or conventional boilers are more convenient, letting you use hot water from multiple taps at once.These kinds of boilers do mean that you can run out of hot water though, and have to wait for it to reheat. They also require space for tanks and cylinders, so might be more appropriate for bigger homes.Homebuilding and Renovating magazine goes into more detail about the three main types of boilers, looking at how they work, and their pros and cons.

Size

You will need a boiler big enough to heat your home. Boilers are measured in British Thermal Units (BTU), representing how much energy is required to heat each pound of water by one degree fahrenheit.The bigger your house, the bigger your boiler will need to be. However, the size of your boiler also depends on various other factors. While homes in warm climates generally need around 35 BTU per square foot, colder environments are likely to need 50 BTU per square foot.The BTU will also depend on things like wall insulation, number of doors and windows, and double glazing.

Fuel

There is a choice of fuels when it comes to running your boiler, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Over 4 million households in the UK do not have access to mains gas, and so will need to look at other fuels.If you are concerned with efficiency, many of the alternatives to natural gas are far more efficient. Oil is more efficient than natural gas, but LPG has the highest efficiency. LPG also has a number of environmental benefits, burning more cleanly and emitting less CO2.If you live in a rural area with access to plenty of local wood, a wood burning stove may prove particularly convenient. This allows you to heat your home without paying bills, as long as you don’t mind a spot of tree felling.When you have chosen your new boiler, get in touch with us to have it installed by a GAS SAFE engineer. We can also provide a constant supply of oil or LPG to keep your home running like clockwork.