A question that is often asked by our customers is whether you can actually have a gas boiler installed in a bedroom. The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, as there are some gas appliances that aren’t allowed to be installed in a room that is used for sleeping.
When can you have a boiler in a bedroom?
You can install a boiler in a bedroom as long as it is room sealed. This means that it takes the air it uses for combustion from outside, and expels its waste air outside also. A room sealed boiler won’t emit fumes into the room, making it safe to be installed in a room where people sleep.
Most new boilers are room sealed, but it is always a good idea to check when having a new boiler installed in your home.
When can’t you have a boiler in a bedroom?
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 that was introduced on the 31st October 1998, a number of gas appliances are not allowed to be installed in a room that is being used as a bedroom.
You cannot have the following in a bedroom. If they are over 14kw gross input:
• A gas fire
• Gas space heater
• Gas water heater (including gas boiler)
A bedroom must also not contain the above items if they are of 14kw gross input or less or ‘any instantaneous water heater unless it is room sealed or has an atmosphere-sensing device.’What else to consider when having gas boiler installed in a bedroom
If you’re contemplating installing a boiler in a bedroom, or need to replace an existing boiler, it is important to consider more than just whether you legally can. Although modern boilers are much quieter than older ones, they do still make noise, which can be disruptive to sleep. You should also take space into account and work out whether the bedroom has enough room for a boiler to be installed.
If you’re planning a new boiler installation or a replacement and live in Bristol, then why not get in touch to see how DHS can help? Our team of engineers are Gas Safe registered and have expert knowledge about boilers.