The technology for boilers has developed and improved considerably over the last decade or so – they’re a lot more efficient and installing the right one can not only make a difference to your gas bill but also reduce your impact on the environment.
What is a Condensing Boiler?
All new up to date boilers, will be condensing boilers. These type of boilers are able to make better use of the heat they generate from burning fuels.
This is the main technology that improves the efficiency of modern boiler systems. It collects the heat or vapour from flue gases and reuses/recycles it, something which makes some condensing boilers as much as 25% more efficient than non-condensing boilers, reaching up to 99% efficiency.
With older systems, it was more common to get a lot of heat wastage which meant you were practically burning gas without getting anything for it. Condensing boilers are also considered a lot safer than older systems.
That’s why we recommend if you have an older boiler, upgrading to a new one. In the long run, you should find you are able to reduce your energy costs because your system is working more efficiently. It’s all a matter of finding the right boiler for your needs.
What is a Combi Boiler?
A combi boiler is a specific type of heating system. It combines water heating with central heating in one unit and takes up much less space than a traditional boiler installation. Your combi-boiler works by heating water directly from the mains outlet (as opposed to feeding in from a water tank). It also means that your water is delivered with mains pressure at all times.
It’s the ideal solution for smaller properties and those that don’t have a loft for water storage. With less pipework and infrastructure, it’s a good choice if you are working on a tight budget.
What’s the Difference?
A condensing boiler can be anything from a combi to a full system boiler (where you have a storage tank for the water). A combi-boiler, on the other hand, is a specific type of boiler. Today’s building regulations state that any new boiler installation needs to be the condensing variety unless there is a very good reason for something different.
Which boiler you choose for your home depends on your personal requirements. A busier household might, for instance, benefit from a full system boiler where water is stored in a tank. Even in a relatively large house, however, a combi boiler can be suitable especially if you only have one bathroom or there aren’t many people living there.
It’s always a good idea to get advice from a reputable boiler company who can advise on which system is best for you. They’ll be able to take a look at your requirements and the space in your home and then install an appropriate, efficient boiler that should save you money in the long run while giving you everything you need.
DHS is a certified Bristol boiler company offering services across the South West, if you’re looking to get a boiler installed or think your boiler might have a pressure problem give us a call today on 0117 924 7200, email us or request a call back.