Do you have the right boiler for your needs?

When you are so used to something being a certain way, it can be hard to really take the time to ask. Is this right for me? There are many different options available to homeowners when it comes to boiler so here’s what you need to know to decide if your boiler is right for you…

Do you live in a smaller home?

By smaller home we mean a 1-2 bedroom house that has less that 4 people. If this is the case and you only have one bathroom then a combi boiler could be a great choice for your home.

Combination boilers or ‘combi’ boilers are great at delivering hot water on demand as they draw from the mains source. They also don’t require the use of a tank or cylinder which is key in some smaller homes as they free up space that other options would take.

They are great at delivering constant hot water to one tap, as and when you need it.

However, they are not able to deliver consistent hot water to more than one tap at time, meaning they are not a great option for bigger house shares or larger families. If someone is using the shower, then they could be in for a nasty shock when someone downstairs starts to use the hot water tap at the same time.

Do you have more than one bathroom?

If you have more than one bathroom, or need to deliver hot water at multiple places at once, then a system boiler might be a better choice.

System boilers (or sealed system boilers) make use of a water cylinder which most of the time will sit in an airing cupboard. Unlike other options, they do not need a water tank to operate. They are a great solution for larger houses as they allow hot water to be supplied to multiple places at once, meaning you can take a shower yourself while the kids use the other bathroom.


The biggest issue with system boilers is that they cannot supply hot water instantly like a combi boiler can. That means that your supply of heated water can run out and you’ll have to wait again for more of it to heat back up.If you have someone who loves to hog the shower, then you’ll need to make sure they save some water for you if you are in a rush.


Conventional boilers (also known as open vent boilers) make use of both a cylinder and tank. This means that they also can supply hot water to multiple places in your home at the same time. However, just like system boilers they cannot heat water instantly so you will have to wait if you use all of the heated water and also require more space in your home, since you need to find space for a tank.


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Every home is different, so it’s important to understand what’s best for you and your home.

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