Technology has moved on significantly since many of the major boiler manufacturers started out, in the late parts of the nineteenth century. Today, there is a whole range of boiler options available for the customer to choose from, with the choice made on the type and size of home that the boiler is to be fitted into and what the load demand is likely to be.
There are also choices to be made regarding how the boiler is to be fuelled. The most popular option is gas, but there are also LPG, oil and solar assisted systems available.
The most popular type of boiler at the moment is the Combi boiler. These are usually smaller, lightweight boilers which often replace the traditional and more conventional boilers supplied in the past.
The Combi boiler does not require storage in the shape of feeder tanks or cisterns and neither does it need a large tank in the airing cupboard, which often used to be the case previously.
Combi boilers are often ideal for smaller homes, such as bungalows or in lofts and for anywhere which has limited space. They have the advantage that they can supply hot water on demand and they have become so popular, with over fifty per cent of installed boilers now being Combi boilers, that manufacturers are now producing models which are more suited to larger homes.
Combi boilers are energy efficient and latest models have to meet government legislation introduced in 2005. This has resulted in many attaining the top industry SEDBUK ‘A’ rating.
System boilers may be better if you have a larger home with more than two bathrooms, or live in an area where there is low water pressure. You will probably find that many older systems are replaced with this type of boiler system. This system does require a hot water tank and this is usually situated in an airing cupboard.
Open vent boilers are useful for larger homes. Modern designs can be attractive to suit the style of a house and these boilers can be programmed to make sure that they provide the most efficient heating for your home. They can be easily fitted and many of them have inbuilt frost protection. Many of the boilers already mentioned are able to also run on LPG, although they may require some conversion.
As well as gas and LPG, oil fuelled boilers have kept pace, in terms of development, with gas boilers. These boilers can often be useful when there is no mains gas supply within easy reach.
Oil fired boilers generally run on kerosene and although not quite as environmentally friendly as gas, they are an acceptable alternative. There may be occasions when users may wish to supplement their oil fired boiler by using a solar powered heater, or wood burning heater.
Solar Hot Water
Solar power is one of the more popular sources for environmentally friendly heating solutions. Many companies who have traditionally supplied gas and oil based boilers are now looking to the future and supplying a range of options which supplement boiler hot water supplies with solar hot water.
This can be used as the main source of heating, to supplement existing heating, or be used as a back-up.