One of the most boring aspects about having your own home is deciding on things like the boiler. It may be the last thing on your list of priorities, but it really needs to be at the top. Without a boiler, you have no heating or hot water and after experiencing several boiler breakdowns in my time, I know what a nightmare that is. Especially with a little one!
I lived in a private rented property a couple of years ago and the landlord had opted for a regular boiler with a separate hot water tank, why? I have no idea. It was a nightmare! Not only did the water tank take up a massive amount of cupboard space in Reubens bedroom, but it was noisy, we had issues with the hot water and water pressure, and it was just awful. In the end we had to get our landlord to install this electric pump system for the bathroom and every time you had a bath or shower, it was so, so loud. So, if you’re in the market for a boiler system, I can’t recommend choosing a combi boiler more. Short for combination boiler, it’s Britain’s best selling type of boiler because they are really quick to install and very compact – amazing for smaller properties like mine. I only have a little 2 bed house now and it’s just one cupboard in the kitchen and that’s it!
Some things to consider when choosing your combi boiler include what type, so gas, oil, electric… who you want to buy your boiler from, so ideally you would go with someone who came recommended or who was known as trustworthy. A boiler is a big investment and you want something that’s going to last and not have any problems with. If you already own a boiler and you’re having issues, so are looking into getting a new one, maybe consider vaillant boiler spares from Heating & Plumbing World to save some pennies. You never know, you might be able to fix the one you’ve got and keep it for a few more years before having to fork out for a new one.
A gas combi boiler is the most common install as it’s the best option financially! I have a gas boiler in my house and I’ve lived here for about three weeks now and my costs have been so low. Albeit, it’s summer so we’re not using heating or anything like that, but I do a lot of washing up and bath Reuben every single night so we tend to use a fair bit of hot water! If your home isn’t connected to a gas grid, it’s probably cheaper to go for an oil boiler. That’s what my parents have as their village has no gas, and they find it a lot more affordable than an electric one. The one I’d least recommend is electric as it can be so expensive and they’re very limited to how much hot water they can produce – so if you’re a family of three or more I’d least recommend an electric boiler.
So on a whole, the pros of a combi boiler include high energy efficiency, lower energy bills, more compact, easier to install and hot water on demand. The cons include not being overly suitable for larger homes, or that they’re not always compatible with old pipework, but if you hire the right company they can help you with all of this. Hope that helps!