The combination boiler, often known as the combi boiler, is the most popular boiler type in the UK these days. The combi boiler supplies hot water and heating without having to use storage tanks or a cylinder. Combi boilers can be gas, electric or oil fired. In relation to boilers, equipment prices are typically cheaper than the installation and this write-up will help you choose the best combi boiler. This article will also give a guide to installation costs along with the purchase costs for a popular combi boiler.
Unlike most home improvement projects, changing gas boilers isn’t a DIY job. You will have to be a registered gas engineer before you execute work on gas boilers and associated systems. Choosing the right combi boiler is crucial to enjoying heat and hot water reliably for years to come. Like all electrical and mechanical systems, combi boilers need annual servicing to be sure there’re working as efficiently as possible. My personal favourites which i’ve installed in 4 buy to let properties are listed below, I use Herkes Heating for my boiler installations, their a gas safe registered company based in Poole where my buy to lets are, I was lucky to find Patrick and his team really reliable and always happy to answer questions when I have them. Anyway, here we go:
Worcester Bosch Greenstar 24i
The Worcester Bosch Greenstar 24i combi boiler model has a 24kW heat output, which is well suited for most small to medium sized properties. It gives you the following benefits and features:
- A large boiler controls display making it simple to use.
- A range of user available controls to help you heat your home to your ideal comfort levels.
- Reduced electricity use because it has a high efficiency pump fitted, saving you money.
- Provides immediate hot water for heating or domestic use.
- Comes with a 5 year standard guarantee.
- Achieves A rating for both heating and hot water.
The Greenstar 24i with installation costs around £1,600 and the boiler by itself differs in price from £890. It is always a good idea to use an installed price whilst comparing boiler costs, unless you have somebody qualified to perform the installation for you.
Vaillant ecoTEC Pro
The Vaillant ecoTEC Pro combination boiler is once again a very popular product in the UK, because of its simple and user friendly design. Listed below are some of the major features and added benefits of this range of boilers:
- Built-in frost control (two stage) for maximum all year long performance.
- High efficiency heat exchanger (stainless-steel) guarantees fast delivery of hot water on-demand.
- Has an 89.2% efficiency rating making it economical to run.
- Has a 2 year standard warranty, which may be extended if you are using an approved installer.
- Features a high efficiency pump which costs less to run.
Boiler only prices for the Vaillant ecoTEC pro 28kW boiler begin at £850 and you can assume a boiler and installation cost of around £1,600. Bear in mind installation prices can vary depending on numerous factors, including complexity of your installation.
Need a Hand With an Installation?
Picking the best boiler for your home can be a challenge but hopefully this short article narrows down your focus a bit. Each boiler brand provides boiler sizing calculator that will help you pick the correct boiler size for your requirements. It’s often unnecessary to pick a boiler with a larger heat output than you require, unless you’re thinking about extending your home. If you have an installation in or around Poole I can highly advocate the team at Herkes Heating, even if your not local but have some questions i’m sure the guys would be happy to offer a little general advise if needed. You might also find the video below from British Gas quite useful, after watching this video myself I called them up for a quote on installation, as is the case often with big firms lets just say they were not too competitive, but helpful all the same: