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Pros and Cons of Common Boilers

As of 2004, every new boiler manufactured is a condensing boiler. What does this mean? Steam that would otherwise be wasted is condensed, allowing it to be reused and the cycle continues. This reduces wasted energy and allows the boiler to work much more efficiently. 
Generally speaking, there are three main types of boiler;
 combi, conventional and system; all of which have their pros and cons...

Conventional boiler

Conventional boilers are great for homes with older radiator systems that would not be able to cope with the high water pressures that come with combi or system boilers. They can also keep with high demands for hot water, making them suitable for homes with two or more bathrooms, or for a large family.
Conventional boilers require two water tanks and a water storage cylinder, so are only suitable for homes with lots of loft/storage sapce. As well as this, when your water cylinder empties, you have to wait for it to refill and heat up before you get any more hot water. Water cylinders are not always very economical, as heat can escape while in storage.

System boiler

System boilers are a comprise between combi and conventional, as they require a storage cylinder but no water tanks. This means they are suitable for a wider rang of homes, as they do not take up any loft space. The cylinder is usually located in an upstairs cupboard but can fit wherever you have extra space. They are great for large families or several bathrooms and can meet a high demand for hot water.
System boilers have similar negative points as a conventional boiler, regarding the storage cylinder.

Combination boiler

Combi boilers are gaining popularity in the UK, as they require the least amount of space and are great for smaller homes. They do not need any tanks or cylinders and work directly from the mains. They instantly produce hot water as and when you need it, making them very economical. As they don’t have a storage cylinder, they waste very little heat- saving you money.
The main downside to combi boilers is that they struggle to meet high demand for hot water. They are best suited for smaller homes with single bathrooms.

Do you need a new boiler?

We hope this blog post has been a helpful guide on the most common gas boilers. If you’re still not sure which is best for you, our gas engineers will be happy to answer any questions, using their years of experience. Here at C.F.S Boiler Installations Ltd, we offer new boiler installations in Camberley and the surrounding areas such as Sandhurst, Bagshot, Bracknell, Fleet, Farnborough and Sunningdale.
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