Which Gas Boiler is Best?
The best boiler for your home will depend on several factors. It is important to take your time to establish both the best type of boiler and the ideal brand.
This post is written with the assumption that you are connected to the gas mains and are looking specifically for the best gas boiler.
Three Types of Gas Boiler
In order to provide you with the most reliable efficient hot water and central heating supply, the type of gas boiler must match the type of home you have.
The three main types of gas boiler available in the UK are combi boilers, conventional boilers and system boilers.
Combination or ‘combi’ gas boilers are the most common type of gas boiler in the UK. Central heating and hot water is supplied directly from the boiler at mains pressure which means you can instantly enjoy a nice hot shower without the need of an additional pump.
Combi boilers are cheaper to install than other types, requiring no water storage tanks or pipework. Since they need minimal space, they are especially suitable for small homes with a single bathroom.
Combi boilers are also the most energy efficient of the three types.
Conventional gas boilers, also known as regular or open vent boilers, need a cold water storage tank (usually stored in the loft or attic) and a tank to maintain the water level in the system.
Due to the extra storage and pipework needed, conventional boilers tend to be found in bigger homes. Although they are not as efficient as combi boilers, it is often more convenient to replace like for like if a conventional system is already in place.
System boilers have the main heating and hot water components built in to the boiler although space is still needed for a hot water cylinder.
The main disadvantages with a system boiler is that it can take a while for hot water to build up and if you use it all, you will have to wait for the hot water tank to refill again.
Which are the Most Popular Gas Boiler Brands?
Once you’ve narrowed down which type of gas boiler is most appropriate for your home, it’s time to start thinking about brands. A boiler is such an important investment that you should always opt for a well-known brand with a track record of reliability. Ease of use and, of course, price should also be taken into account.
In terms of reliability, Worcester Bosch are among the most trusted brands in the UK. Examples include the Worcester Bosch Greenstar Highflow 44 (combi boiler), Worcester Bosch Greenstar FS 30 CDi (conventional boiler) and Worcester Bosch Greenstar 35 CDi (system boiler).
The German brand Vaillant are also known to be reliable and easy to operate. Examples include the Vaillant ecoTEC plus 838 (combi boiler), Vaillant ecoTEC plus 430 (conventional boiler) and Vaillant ecoTEC plus 637 (system boiler).
All of the above-mentioned models carry an A-rating so you can be sure that installing a new boiler will be cost-efficient and eco-friendly. In fact, according to The Eco Experts, a new boiler can save a household up to £350 off their annual heating bill.
Hull-based brand Ideal are another popular gas boiler brand worth a look although some homeowners have raised question marks over their reliability.
Moreheat have plenty of experience installing and servicing gas boilers from the three brands mentioned and we are happy to have partnered with Worcester Bosch. We can offer competitive prices and a range of finance options on boilers from this well-known and trusted brand.
Speak to Moreheat on 01803 605509 (Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm) or 07792 722232 (out of hours) for more information about this.
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