Ok, ok, so this is a little different to what I normally write about, but after moving into a new (old) house, I’ve learnt quite a lot along the way about decorating, DIY and home maintenance. All valuable life lessons so I’ll be doing a series of help at home posts and widening my audience, and outreach!
It’s officially Autumn. And, you know what that means? Winter is coming! We can put our pyjamas on at four in the afternoon without feeling guilty. And, finally, it’s time to turn the heating on!
Nothing beats the clunking pipes, and the undeniable smell of warmth the first time you turn the boiler on. But, sometimes all does not go according to plan. You crank the heat up and wait for the warmth to commence. But, after twenty minutes, you’re still feeling chilly, and your radiators are stone cold. Sometimes, boilers just don’t make it through their hibernations. It’s sad, but it’s important not to let yourself suffer in the cold as you attempt a quick fix. If nothing’s happening, it might be time to call in a replacement.
Of course, choosing a new boiler isn’t easy. If you’ve never done it, your head will swim at the options open to you. Which is why we’re going to break down your new boiler choices here.
THE COMBI BOILER
A combi-boiler deals with both hot water and central heating from one tank. They’re the most commonly used boilers in the UK today.
- Easy to install, as there’s only one tank.
- The ideal option for those with smaller homes. You don’t have to worry about finding space for various features, or putting a water tank in the attic.
- Aren’t ideal for large families as they struggle to produce large amounts of hot water.
- Only having one tank means you don’t have a back-up. If your combi-boiler goes down, you lose all hot water and heating.
Oil boilers are a popular second option, and are used by those who don’t have access to mains gas. They gain energy straight from private oil tanks.
- Efficient, and provide an excellent return for your money. You pay for what you use.
- As these are no longer common-place, maintenance can be expensive. You have to hunt down a specialist for oil boilers, rather than turning to gas maintenance workers.
- Oil prices can fluctuate, and this can sometimes work out as a more expensive option.
Biomass boilers cater for those who care for the environment. Rather than using harmful fuel sources such as gas oil, they produce energy by burning wood.
- Energy efficient. Not only do they use wood rather than non-renewable resources, but the carbon dioxide they produce is similar to that absorbed by plants, so is sustainable.
- They’re very cheap to run, averaging at around £600 a year.
- These are bigger than oil and gas boilers, so aren’t ideal for small homes.
- You need a chimney to operate a biomass boiler, and it’s also recommended that you clean your chimney around twice a year. Wood burning produces ash which also needs cleaning once a week
Which boiler sounds like the right fit for you?