The Guide to Combi boilers
Your gas boiler may be working but is it unreliable and costing a fortune in repairs? Is your home cold and the boiler unable to keep the temperature at a comfortable level? With this in mind, you may need a new gas boiler! At FixLink we can help you to choose the right one for your home with the guide to combi boilers.
There are three main types of boiler. The combi, or combination boiler, the system boiler and conventional boilers.
If you have an old house or you haven’t had your boiler replaced in a long time, it’s likely that you have a combination boiler. This requires a water cylinder in the airing cupboard and a hot water tank in the loft. A system boiler requires a water cylinder but no tank. Combi boilers are a popular choice for modern families and with our guide to combi boilers below you will see why.
What is a Combi Boiler?
A combi boiler is ideal for a home where space is at a premium. Combi boilers can fit snugly into a cupboard or other small space because they do not require a water cylinder or tank in the loft. Therefore it’s a great option for a smaller house or flat.
Combi boilers combine a water heating system and a central heating unit into a single item. Therefore it doesn’t need two separate boilers. Ultimately, it produces hot water on demand because it’s already a water heating system. Thus there is always hot water available and ready to use.
Why Choose a Combi Boiler?
Because a combi boiler is a single unit, it only needs one set of pipes so installation is cheaper and faster. In addition to this, with a combi boiler you can get your hot water instantly and at any time.
Furthermore, another major benefit is the overall efficiency of a combi boiler. Some older water heater boilers are not very efficient thus underperforming in your home and wasting money and heat.
Exchanging your old boiler for a new combi boiler can dramatically cut down the amount of money you pay on your heating bills. Essentially, you are also helping to conserve energy.
Which Brands sell Combi boilers?
Ideally, to get the best combi boiler, it’s essential to go for a reliable brand that won’t break down. Furthermore, you need one that’s the right size and fit for your home.
At FixLink, the manufacturers, products and materials we recommend are market leading brands and have been tested and used by us for many years.
Mark, the owner of FixLink, is an accredited Worscester Bosch installer. Worcester Bosch boilers are renowned for high quality standards and energy efficiency ratings at affordable prices. A UK based boiler company, Worcester Bosch have been making reliable and efficient boilers since 1962. Another key point is that they are one of the most popular boilers in the country.
With this in mind, if you’re also looking for a boiler to fit in with the aesthetics of your home, they have recently launched a more modern line of design. It means that a range of styles are now available in different sizes and models.
Worcester-Bosch are widely regarded as the most reliable boiler make on the market by homeowners and boiler installers. Not to mention that for the last 9 years they have been awarded Best Buy by the consumer organisation ‘Which?’
What Size Do You Require?
Generally you may be thinking that boilers are all roughly the same shape. But it’s important to choose the right size. An underpowered (undersized) boiler will struggle to see the heating demands of your home. In turn, this could lead to a shortfall of heating to your radiators or your shower.
An overpowered boiler won’t provide you with additional benefits and you will have spent significantly more on a boiler model that you don’t need. You may be burning unnecessary gas and wasting money.
It may be worth considering a higher power boiler than necessary if you’re planning a home extension that includes extra showers or bath units.
Our Recommended Boilers
All of our recommended combination boilers have different wattages. In general, the most powerful boilers are installed in the largest homes. The higher the kW, the more powerful they are. Also the more water they produce to flow around the pipes and radiators.
For example, the low wattage Greenstar 25Si is ideal for small homes with one or two bedrooms. While the Greenstar 34 CDI Classic is suitable for large homes with additional bathrooms. Generally, the lower the power that the boiler outputs within the range, the cheaper the price.
To Conclude: The Guide to Combi Boilers
In summary, when you’re looking for a new boiler, you should consider the boiler type, the size you need, it’s efficiency and the guarantee. At FixLink, we hope that our guide to combi boilers will help you to make an informed choice.
As you can see from this article, there are many benefits to choosing a combi boiler. These include the smaller model because it can fit easily into a cupboard or small space in one of your rooms.In addition to this, it only needs one set of pipes and no connections to a water tank in a loft, therefore the installation is quicker and easier. Not to mention its cost efficiency, which is better than other boiler types because it heats on demand and doesn’t waste fuel.
Reduce Your Energy Bills
In conclusion, a combi boiler can heat your home while reducing your bills and energy costs in the long term. Looking after your boiler well means it shouldn’t have any problems or break downs over the years. In fact, most Worcester boilers have a standard 10-12 year guarantee when installed by us at FixLink.
Now you have read our guide to Combi boilers, you can contact Mark, our Gas Safe Engineer at FixLink via our website or call 07943 504 255. The ares we are: Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, Edenbridge and all surrounding areas in Kent and East Sussex.