With the temperatures taking a dip, having a decent and trustworthy boiler is of high importance. However, often at the most inconvenient of times, boilers tend to break down causing an expensive and unavoidable ordeal. With a variety of boilers currently on the market, all offering their own unique benefits, it is hard to decipher which one is the best for you. So we thought we’d give you a helping help and have listed our top 3 types of boilers currently available.
This is arguably the most common type of boiler found in domestic homes. Condensing boilers boast the ability to be much more efficient than old main gas boilers as they can retain up to 90% of the heat they produce.
Another common feature of a condensing boiler is that it contains both the hot and cold water tank in the same unit. This helps to ensure that there is a steady and consistent supply of hot water throughout the house. However, these smaller units can affect the overall water pressure.
Oil boilers, although not as popular as the condensing boilers, there are reckoned to be around 4 million oil boilers in UK homes. The reason for their smaller popularity is that oil boilers are less cost efficient, sometimes costing homeowners up to £200 extra each year. Alongside this, maintenance and repairs are more costly for this type of boiler, making it even more crucial that they are durable and longlasting. On the plus side, this type of boiler is perfect for large farm or country houses.
Not as well known, the biomass boiler has become increasingly popular over the past few years. These are sometimes referred to as ‘wood pellet’ boilers too and have great advantages when compared against the other two types.
Firstly, the actual cost of running this type of boiler is much cheaper than condensing or oil boilers. Yearly estimated running cost vary between £500-600 which is great value considering all its benefits. Its high ability to retain energy makes it a great investment.
However, it does carry some small downsides which should be noted. For this type of boiler you will need to manually clean it yourself, unless you purchase a self-cleaning system for an additional cost. The major negative point is the upfront cost of this type of boiler which can set you back anything from £7000 upwards. On the other hand, for the years it will serve you and its excellent sustainable qualities, it should still be considered.
The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies, including biomass boilers, amongst householders. And this can really seal the deal!
RHI cash payments are made quarterly over seven years. The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors – including the technology you install, the latest tariffs available for each technology and – in some cases – metering. So you could be receiving a lot of money over the years (and your installation costs are covered too!)
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