Choosing the Right Boiler For Your Home

Are you in the market for a new boiler are thinking about replacing your heating system? Choosing the right boiler and radiators for your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task but care should be taken as due to the expense it is a long term consideration. The first step is to ask the right question: How much energy do I need to heat this room? Mr Central Heating’s online BTU calculator will show you how to measure this throughout your entire flat or house so you select the right size solution for your water heating, or entire central heating system.

What are your hot water requirements?

If you do not have any water-based radiators in your home, or do not have a central heating system and just use hot water, which can be common in flats and smaller properties then you might not need such a large boiler size. This can save you money because it will firstly be cheaper to buy, install and will help with energy efficiency.

There is a lot of jargon when it comes to boilers that can be daunting for those that are not that familiar with the terminology. For example there are system boilers which take cold water direct from the mains, and condensing boilers that vaporise hot water and convert it into heat energy.  This can be confusing and ultimately begs the question, what sort of boiler type do I need? The simple answer is that the choice is typically one of two types of boiler, a combination boiler or a conventional boiler. If you have tanks in the loft and a hot water cylinder, you have a conventional boiler system; if you have none of these, you have a combi boiler. Now, find the data plate with the model number of your existing boiler. With this information you’ll know the boiler’s output and have a good place to start when choosing a replacement.

For simplicity sake we are not going to delve into central heating systems too deeply, since we have other articles and guides for this, so if you are looking for information about room thermostats, heating controls, thermostatic radiator valves or general control systems then generally these are compatible with every boiler that can operate your wet central heating. The boiler takes care of the heating, the control take care of how that heat is used.

The next question: What is most important to me when purchasing a boiler?

Here you might consider price, daily water usage and boiler efficiency. A final question: Who will install it? From a legal stand-point in the UK you need to ensure that a qualified heating engineer installs the boiler, which is especially important if gas is involved as this needs to be gas safe. In these instances your looking for a Corgi approved engineer for your boiler installation. Significant chances may also require building regulations to be adhered to.

To help you make the right choice of boiler, accessories and services Mr Central Heating has developed a questionnaire for you. From the Online Tools tab on the website, click Boiler Finder. Once you’ve filled out the questionnaire and sent it to us online, we’ll be able to advise you. You might also want to check the British Gas website for useful information about insulation, heating upgrades, green alternatives and boiler service and safety.

On the Mr Central Heating blog you can read about new products and the latest offers and discounts. The past year marked the beginning of a new series of posts dedicated to evaluating and comparing features of the most popular boiler brands on the market. This information is designed to help you find the best deals possible on the most efficient boiler for your flat or house. The blog is looking at comparing the popular Worcester and Vaillant 24kw and 28kw combi boilers for example. In addition to the blog advice, Mr Central Heating continually offers the best priced packages and frequent Exclusive Sales on boilers by Baxi, Potterton, Ideal, Heatline, Vaillant, Glow-worm, Vokèra and Worcester Bosch. Their Price Promise should put your mind at ease about choosing the heating and hot water system you need.

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