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If your existing boiler is reaching the end of its natural life, your thoughts may have turned to getting a new one. While the first thing that comes to mind is often the cost, buying a cheap boiler could result in poor output. Put simply; the wrong boiler may not be powerful enough to provide the heating and hot water you need.

Which type of boiler should you get?

There are two key types to consider:

  • A gas boiler
  • An oil boiler

Changes in the law that came in over a decade ago require that all new boilers are condensing models. That is good news for customers as condensing boilers are far more efficient than their older counterparts.

For many people, boiler replacement will involve hiring a professional plumber to take out the old one and replace it with a new version – oil for oil or gas for gas, for example. 

Gas boilers require connection to a gas supply. If this is not present in your property, an oil boiler would be the ideal solution. This requires an oil storage tank to be installed outside the property, so the oil can be delivered for use by the boiler. Therefore, in most cases, people will stick with whatever system is already in place. It’s just a question of selecting the make and model of boiler to be used.

Size matters

One thing you don’t always hear about in relation to boilers is size. However, this is one of the most important things to cover. It’s also why seeking advice from an experienced boiler engineer is a good idea. 

All boilers are measured in terms of the number of kilowatts (kW) they produce. The higher the number, the more powerful the boiler is. A good rule of thumb is to consider how many bathrooms and en-suites you have. One standard bathroom shared by the family would require a boiler with a lower output than a property with two bathrooms and two en-suites, for instance. A boiler installer can advise you on the likely output required for your property.

The same thing applies when heating your property. The more rooms you need to heat, the greater the output required by the boiler. Furthermore, the level of insulation present in the property will also narrow the choices of boiler that are available. The more heat loss the property experiences (more common in older properties), the greater the need for better heat delivered by the boiler.

The importance of getting expert advice

We all know it is important to get several quotes before choosing the right person to install a new boiler. However, it is just as important to select a boiler engineer who can advise you on the different makes, models, and types of boiler on the market today. 

Having this source of up to date knowledge means you can benefit from a cost-effective new boiler that is ideal for providing the heat and hot water you need – all year round.

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