Choosing the right size combi boiler for your home can be bewildering, and whilst it is advisable to consult a Heating Engineer or Gas Safe Plumber to give you advice on your selection it is useful to have an idea of what you will need for budgeting. We have given a rough guide below to help you plan.
What size boiler for my house?
Combi boilers are available in three size ranges here at Mr Central Heating; 24 to 27kw, 28 to 34kw and 35 to 42kw.
- As a rough estimate most flats, apartments and smaller houses, with up to 10, average size radiators and 1 bathroom* will require a 24 to 27kw Combi Boiler.
- For a medium to large 3-4 bed house with up to 15 average size radiators, 1 bathroom and an ensuite* a 28-34kw Combi Boiler would be installed.
- A 35kw and a 42kw Combi boiler would be for a large house with anything up to 20 average size radiators and 2 bathrooms*.
For properties where a higher demand of hot water is needed the higher the kw of the boiler, the better the flow rate of hot water will be.
*However combi boilers do not cope well with 2 showers running at the same time in the same property. Where this is a requirement a system boiler with an unvented cylinder should be considered.
What is a Combi boiler?
A combi boiler (or to give it it's full name a combination boiler) is the name given to a boiler that provides heat for central heating and heats water instantaneously on the opening of a hot tap.
With a combi there are no tanks in the loft and no storage cylinder. The water is fed from the mains so the water pressure is generally greater.
Note: This information is not going to be accurate for every property as room sizes can vary wildly from property to property, but will give you a good idea when consulting with a heating engineer over your needs. You can also check out our "Find a Boiler" guide at http://www.mrcentralheating.co.uk/find-a-boiler