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Types of boiler

Fed up with high repair bills on your existing boiler?

Is your boiler coming to the end of its life?

Want to lower your energy bills by up to £300 - £750 per year?

Building an extension and require a larger output boiler?

If so, Elburton Heating can help.

Specialist in fitting new and replacement boilers in domestic properties.

To keep things running smoothly:

  • Ensure that your property and carpets are protected by dust sheets
  • Deliver pre-ordered materials on the day of the job to ensure there are no delays
  • Provide a full handover demonstrating how your new appliance works
  • Supply all the necessary boiler documentation essential for selling or renting your property
  • Clean up and leave your house in a tidy condition 

Installation of high efficiency ‘condensing’ combination, regular and system boilers.

Further information about the types of boilers.....

What is a condensing boiler?

Since 2005, new and replacement boiler installations have been of the condensing type. The term ‘condensing boiler’ refers to a boilers ability to produce condensate during heating cycles. New combination, regular and system boilers all ‘condense’.

Condensing boilers use latent heat from flue gases that would normally be released into the atmosphere. To use this latent heat, the vapour that turns into liquid condensate is captured in the flue ways and is returned to the heat exchanger.

In order to capitalise on this latent heat within the condensate, condensing boilers use a large heat exchanger. This technology enables a condensing boiler to convert more heat from every KW of natural gas burnt than standard efficiency boilers, thus resulting in a lower carbon footprint which is better for the environment and for lower household energy bills. 

What is a combination boiler?

A combination boiler (combi) is a clever means of saving space by combining the ability to heat a home and produce all your hot water needs. It has become the most popular type of boiler installed in the UK and currently accounts for well over half of all the new domestic boilers installed in Britain every year.

Because of its compact design, it requires no separate hot water cylinder or loft tanks, offering space saving within the property.

A combination boiler can deliver mains pressure hot water to showers, baths and taps instantaneously. You can enjoy power showers and there is no need to waste energy heating a store of hot water.

Combination boilers are often quicker and easier to fit, saving you money on installation costs. They require no tanks in the roof space which involves less pipe work and reduces the risk of freezing and leaks in the loft. A good quality modern combi made by Ideal, Vaillant & Worcester are very reliable and come with extended warranties for peace of mind.

What is a Regular boiler?

Older models of boiler (pre 2000) tended to be of the ‘regular’ variety or referred to as ‘conventional’ and ‘heat only’ boilers. The regular boiler is a source of heat only and does not incorporate a pump or any other controls.

Generally speaking, a regular boiler heating system comprises a boiler, various heating and hot water controls, a remote circulating pump, diverter actuators and a hot water cylinder and a F&E tank situated in the loft. A lot of installers try to deter house holders from fitting conventional boilers for varying reasons. However, if properly fitted with a modern energy efficient control pack, they can offer a surprisingly effective means of providing your home with heating and hot water. 

These systems have the option of being converted to a sealed system which means the smaller F+E tank being removed and replaced with a sealed system kit. 

It is also possible to fit unvented cylinders to a conventional boiler. 

What is a system boiler?

A system boiler, similar to the regular boiler, is capable of heating a stored hot water cylinder and heating system. There are however some key differences in the design of a system boiler when compared to a regular boiler.

Many of the major individual components of the heating and hot water system such as the pump are built into a system boiler, which means that the installation can be quicker, neater, easier and more efficient.

The hot water being pumped from the system boiler through the heating system and hot water cylinder, results in a fast response and more economical running costs. The system boiler removes the need for a feed and expansion cistern as it incorporates an integral expansion vessel and PR valve, saving space within the property.