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Which is the best boiler for your home?

Have you had your current boiler for quite some time now and are thinking of getting a replacement? If you are not sure of how to go about deciding on which model or type of boiler that best suits your home, then don't worry - Hampshire Technical are here to guide you.

Firstly, installing a new boiler into your home is something that you should consider if you have had your current boiler for up to 10 years. Older boilers are likely to have outdated components and will not be contributing to improving the energy efficiency of your home, making newer boilers far more efficient. Newer boilers are also far less likely to break down, making them sound investments as we head into the colder, winter months. But what type of boiler is the best for your home? At Hampshire Technical, we understand that deciding which boiler to get installed in your home might be quite a daunting prospect as it is a significant investment, so we've outlined the differences between the three different types...

Which boiler best suits your home?

There are many different types of boilers, but the 3 main gas powered boilers are Regular, System or Combination (Combi) Boilers. We have outlined descriptions for each type, stating which boiler suits your house size and budget.

Regular boilers

Regular boilers are the most conventional boilers on the market. They are ideal for older homes that have large amounts of space and older radiators. They require two water tanks as well as a hot water cylinder to function, making them a much longer process to install than other boiler types. Conventional (regular) boilers are great for homes that would need to use lots of hot water at the same time, but are usually more expensive to install given the high number of different components in relation to other types of boilers. 

System boilers

In contrast to Conventional boilers, System boilers do not take up space in your loft, while also being quick and easy to install. They have an in-built pump, which allows hot water to be transferred to multiple bathrooms at the same time, so you can have multiple showers running simultaneously with a system boiler. These boilers are ideal for homes with 3 or more bathrooms. Similarly to Regular boilers, they do also require a cylinder to function.

Combi boilers

Combi boilers are fittingly names 'Combi' as it is a short form of the word "combination." Combi boilers allow you to control both hot water and heating in one singular system. These boilers are compact, small, and ideal for smaller to medium sized homes. They heat water directly from the mains whenever you turn on your hot water tap, and do not require a storage cylinder or tank to function. Given their all-in-one nature, Combi boilers are the cheapest and quickest to install, while being incredibly efficient, as no hot water is wasted in storage tanks and the water is only heated when it is required.

Oil boilers

At Hampshire Technical, we also install oil-fired boilers. These boilers are not gas-powered, but are quite similar to gas boilers: the only difference is how the fuel is stored. In oil boilers, the fuel is used to heat water in the boiler, which can then be used for hot water or for central heating. Heating oil is a liquid and is can actually be a cheaper alternative to LPG (liquid petroleum gas), which makes it an incredibly viable option for many homeowners who live in more rural (off-grid) areas.

Have we helped your quest for a new boiler?

If our boiler guide has helped you, then be sure to let us know! Or alternatively if you have any questions for us, then be sure to give us a call on 02381550050 and we will be able to assist you.