Exploring Different Types of Boilers
Boilers are an integral part of constructing any house, especially if the house is located in a cold area.
12:10 28 December 2020
Despite it being a critical component of a liveable house, surprisingly most people never think much about it. Did you know there are many different types of boilers available in the market and they differ significantly from each other? Read on to explore.
Fuel type and energy efficiency
Boilers consume a lot of energy in every household, especially during wintertime. The primary parameter they differ on is based on fuel types. Gas and oil boilers are the most common type and are widely available in the market. More recently you can find renewable energy-based ones. You should pick the right one based on the availability and cost of fuel in your area.
Boilers are traditionally one of the heaviest fixtures of your house. Some of them need two separate water tanks for hot and cold water and an extensive pipeline install throughout the house connecting every water outlet. The tanks are usually big and sometimes require a small room of their own. However, some recent models are quite space-savvy. Let's explore a few different boiler types.
Conventional boilers usually refer to old boilers that are big and heavy-duty. These boilers are suitable for big houses with multiple bathrooms and high water usage. Conventional boilers usually need two separate water tanks connected to them. One holds the normal temperature water and the other is for storing the heated water. Most old and big houses are fitted with this type of boiler.
System boilers are relatively simpler compared to Conventional boilers and require only one water storage tank which is to hold the heated water. Unlike Conventional boilers, the System boiler draws its supply of water straight from the main water line. As a result System boilers need less space. A System boiler is still good for multiple bathroom houses occupied by medium to big family.
Combi boilers are the newest type of boilers that do not need any water tank at all. As a result, Combi boilers need the least amount of space required for installation and are very suitable for small houses and tight spaces. Combi boilers heat the water instantly and can supply an unlimited amount of hot water as there is no limitation on the size of the hot-water tank.
A boiler is usually a long-term investment for any house. If proper care is taken a new boiler should give worry-free service for at least 10 to 15 years. That is why you should not only consider your current needs but also your future house expansion plan when choosing the right boiler for yourself. Regulatory guidelines are also very important to follow when choosing a boiler.
You may be overwhelmed by all these different types of boilers and their use-cases, but you must remain patient and take your time when selecting your new boiler, as apart from being expensive, replacing or upgrading a boiler is usually quite inconvenient and time-consuming.
However, now that you know a lot more about boilers than before, you should be able to make an informed decision.