What Type Of Boilers Can You Get On A Grant?
Thousands of households across the UK have already benefited from a free boiler grant which has helped them replace their old and inefficient boilers with a new A-rated model. A new boiler can not only help you save large amounts on your energy costs but is a more eco-friendly option for the environment.
Under the ECO Scheme, the Government has committed to helping the UK meet its challenging carbon footprint reduction targets and helping low income households with the costs of heating their homes. This means assisting people by replacing their boilers for a more efficient and cost effective boiler.
So, if you are eligible to have your old boiler replaced, what types of gas boiler can you get under the Free Boiler Grant scheme?
Much will depend on the existing boiler set up you have in your home, presuming you have one at all. Boiler manufacturers, like Baxi and Worcester Bosch, have produced some innovative energy efficient boilers to replace or upgrade your current system.
There are 3 main types of A-rated gas boilers that we can supply:
What is a combi boiler?
A combi (or combination) is the most commonly used gas boiler system and provides both central heating and hot water on demand in the home. It is a great economical choice for many homes and considered the most energy efficient, but is not always the best option for all.
A combi boiler will provide heat to your radiator, but differs from other boiler variants as it heats hot water for your taps only when you need it, as opposed to relying on a full tank of heated water when only a small amount of hot water is required. You do not have to wait for the water to heat before it is available for use and it is delivered at mains pressure, making it ideal for a powerful shower.
Main features of combi boilers:
- Instant hot water at the turn of tap
- No requirement for a separate hot water cylinder or water tank
- Available in a range of sizes to suit your home
- Usually the most energy efficient boiler
- Ideal for households with low hot water demand
What is a system boiler?
System boilers, also known as closed vent boilers, control the heating and water separately, requiring both a boiler and a pressurised hot water tank. The system uses water directly from the mains water supply, and when the heating is switched on, the boiler heats the water and delivers it to the radiators.
Hot water is provided to taps and the shower via the system boiler heats which heats the water inside your water tank (which you will typically find in your airing cupboard). It takes time to heat, so you will usually have to switch your boiler on well in advance of needing a large amount of water, say if intending to take a bath.
Main features of system boilers:
- Allows more than one hot water tap to be run at the same time
- Economical running costs
- Compact as key components are built-in to the body of the boiler instead of being external
- Requires both boiler and water tank
- Available in different sizes, but particularly well-suited to larger homes that use more hot water (e.g houses with several bathrooms)
What’s a conventional boiler/heat only boiler?
Conventional boiler systems are similar to system boilers as both require a separate hot water tank, but they also require a cold water tank, usually stored in the loft of a property that feeds water to the system. However, many components (diverter valve, circulation pump) of a heat only boiler are external to the boiler and usually located next to the hot water tank.
Installing a heat-only boiler is usually straightforward as they can be added to an existing system. They are easy to use and will normally have a switch so you can turn the hot water on in advance of needing it.
Main features of conventional/heat-only boilers:
- Usually relatively simple to install
- Compact in size
- Allow you run more than one hot water tap at the same time
- Can replace any existing heat-only boiler
Pros of cons of gas boiler types
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What brands of boilers do you supply?
We focus on providing two main boiler brands – Baxi and Worcester Bosch – which we believe are best suited to the needs of our customers. Both are backed by excellent warranties providing you with peace of mind with your new boiler installation.
Contact us to find out what type of boiler is best suited for you
Get in touch with us and we can advise you on which boiler set up will be best for you, depending on your current set up and requirements. For the majority, a combi boiler may be more than adequate, but for others a system boiler or heat only boiler may be the most practical, especially given what may already be installed in your home.