Understanding different boiler types

When it comes to choosing and installing a new boiler, it pays to consider the different boiler types. After all, you need to be certain that your new boiler will meet your needs and is the right fit for your household. Understanding different boiler types can help you make the right decision. Here at Lancashire Installations, we are boiler experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the different boiler types, to help you choose the perfect match.

Three boiler types

The three different boiler types are the conventional boiler, the combination boiler, and the system boiler. These boilers differ in the way that they provide and store hot water throughout your home.

Boiler storage

The conventional boiler is the most cumbersome of all the boiler types. It makes use of two separate storage tanks, one to supply hot water to the central heating system, and one to keep the hot water cylinder topped up. Each of these tanks will need to be stored in your home, usually in the loft or attic, so yo will need a lot of storage space, and a fair amount of pipework.

In contrast, the combination boiler has no storage tank at all. This is because it heats water when necessary, straight from the mains. As a result, the water pressure is usually better, but sometimes you will need to wait a minute or so for the water to reach the desired temperature.

Somewhere in the middle is the system boiler. This uses only one hot water cylinder, and no storage tanks.

Supplying hot water to multiple taps

If you live in a large household with multiple bathrooms, supplying hot water to multiple tanks at the same time might be an important request. After all, it wold certainly reduce the queue for the bathroom.

A conventional boiler can easily supply hot water to multiple taps in the home. This is because of the hot water storage, that can be used to supply water whenever needed.

In contrast, a combination boiler will usually struggle to heat more than one tap at the same time.

If you need more help or support deciding on your new boiler type, or for professional installation, why not contact us at Lancashire Installations today?