Different boiler types

When comparing different boiler types, it is easy to see that they have different advantages and disadvantages. As a result, when it comes to shopping for a new boiler, you need to choose the boiler type that will suit your home. Here at RWM, we are boiler and gas experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to different boiler types.

Storage systems

Different boiler types have different storage systems. While a conventional boiler needs to rely on 2 storage tanks, a system boiler will need one, and a combination boiler wont need any.

In a conventional boiler system, 2 storage tanks are used. One tank keeps the water level of the central heating system topped up, while the second tank feeds the hot water cylinder.

A system boiler requires a hot water cylinder only, and does not make use of any storage tanks in the loft or elsewhere. As a result, it saves space compared to the conventional boiler.

However, a combination boiler doesn’t use any storage tanks at all.

As a result, if you have limited storage space, a combination boiler would be the best solution.

Multiple taps and water pressure

While a conventional boiler can supply hot water to more than one tap in the home at the same time, a combination boiler will struggle. This is because the conventional boiler has a hot water tank of pre-heated hot water to use to supply water when needed. On the other hand, the combination boiler can only supply hot water at the time required.

As a result, if you need hot water in multiple bathrooms, a conventional boiler might be a better option.

Ease of installation

In terms of installation, a conventional boiler requires a lot of pipework. This means that unless you are swapping like for like, the conventional boiler can be a challenge to install, as pipework will need to be fitted between the boiler and the storage tanks.

In contrast, a combination boiler requires the least amount of pipework. As a result it is often the quickest and easiest installation. Unless of course you are switching from a conventional boiler. In that case the existing pipework would need to be removed, as well as the tanks and cylinder. This would make it a more complicated installation.

If you need more help or support deciding on your new boiler type, or for professional installation, why not contact us at RWM today?