A Guide to different types of boilers

Understanding which kind of boiler you need can be hard enough without grappling to comprehend their inner workings. This guide will explain the different types of boilers, the sort of property they are usually found in, and help you assess which boiler system is best for you.

Types of boilers

Conventional boilers

A conventional boiler heats the water before sending it to a separate hot water tank to store for when needed. Conventional boilers are ideal for larger properties with multiple bathrooms and high demand for hot water. The only significant downsides are finding space to house the water tank and waiting for it to refill when someone uses all the hot water.

Combi Boilers

Combi boilers are ideal for smaller properties such as flats or apartments, as all the elements of a combi boiler are contained in a single unit. There is no separate water tank because a combi boiler heats water directly from the mains when you need it, meaning they are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

System boilers

A system boiler is very similar to a combi but features an in-built storage cylinder making them a cost-effective solution for households with multiple bathrooms and occupants such as student accommodation.

How to assess which type of boiler you need

There are three main criteria when evaluating the type of boiler you require:

  • Space
  • Your current system
  • Demand for hot water

If space is limited, then a combi boiler is probably your best option. It’s also best to consider the additional cost of replacing a current boiler system with a completely different one. Finally, your hot water demand will also strongly influence your final decision. Contact Brewins Plumbers for expert advice and installation for all types of boilers.