Here in the UK, many of us have airing cupboards in our homes that we use to keep towels and bedding warm or to dry out our laundry. While this may be commonplace, it does not mean that every airing cupboard is the same, and modern day regulations are designed to ensure safe ventilation systems are in place.
As a leading installer of domestic boilers in Bristol and the South West, we always advise our customers of the safest place to house their boiler, while still ensuring it always remains as energy efficient and affordable as possible.
If you are thinking of enclosing an existing boiler, or having a new one installed, here are some things your need to know in relation to boiler airing cupboard regulations in the UK.
Boxing in an existing boiler
If you are wanting to cover up an unsightly boiler with a cupboard, you can do this easily enough provided that you ensure the following:
- The boiler cover can be fully opened to allow for servicing and repair as and when needed.
- There is at least 50mm of air gap all around the boiler.
- The boxing allows for plenty of ventilation to ensure that fresh air is able to flow all around the boiler.
Installing a new boiler in an existing airing cupboard
If you are thinking of installing a shiny new Combi boiler in your existing airing cupboard, it’s efficiency and instant ability to provide you with heat and hot water, may actually also be its downfall.
Because modern boilers have very low casing temperatures and no need for old fashioned cylinders, the source of heat in your airing cupboard will pretty much disappear. That said, installing your boiler in the cupboard will keep it out of sight, easy to access and you can have a small radiator installed if you want to ensure that your laundry is always warm and dry.
Using your boiler cupboard for extra storage
The most recent requirements of BS 6897 have written stipulations for using an airing cupboard to house a boiler as well as using it to keep your towels warm! The storage section of the cupboard must be partitioned off from the boiler with a recommendation that a wire mesh with a diameter or no greater than 13 mm is used for this purpose.
It is worth noting that these regulations were written some years ago when all boilers were gas-fired and not room sealed, which led to high casing temperatures. Modern day Combi boilers produce lower temperatures and therefore it may be enough to merely install a partition between the boiler and the storage area to meet the regulations.
There should also be a provision to ensure that the minimum air gap can be achieved around the appliance.
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With many years experience of installing domestic boilers to households throughout Bristol and the surrounding areas, we can offer you advice on the very best place in your home to house your new appliance.