A combination boiler works as both a hot water and central heating device, drawing its water directly from the mains. This means that no hot or cold water cylinder or storage tank are needed. Combi boilers come with multiple advantages and disadvantages you need to be aware of so you can make a well informed and practical decision on whether this type of boiler is right for you and your home. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of combination boilers.
Advantages of combination boilers
Compact size making it easy to store
In comparison to a conventional boiler, combi boilers are very small as they are not required to store hot water like traditional style boilers. They take away the need for a large hot water cylinder typically found in an airing cupboard. When fitting a combi boiler, you would only require a small space in your kitchen or upstairs for the boiler itself, meaning you will have extra storage space to maximise with other items in your home.
Also, you will have extra space free in your loft as you won’t have a cold water storage unit either, due to combi boilers receiving their supply of cold water directly from the main supply. The lack of water storage units gives combi boilers an extra advantage when it comes to installation too as it will make for less work and hassle to simply fit a combination boiler. No cold water unit also lowers the risk of pipes freezing during winter weather.
New combi boilers are proven to be 90%+ efficient which makes heating your home considerably more affordable when compared to conventional boilers as less heat is likely to be wasted. Less waste also means less unnecessary carbon emissions which is extremely beneficial to the environment, especially at a time when climate change is a serious issue, and many people are looking for ways to live greener.
Quick access to hot water and central heating
Combi boilers heat water based on demand, so there won’t be a delay or long wait time for water to be heated when you need it. This makes combi boilers particularly beneficial for larger households if multiple people are waiting to use the same bathroom. Unlike conventional boilers there is no risk of you running out of water when using a combi boiler thanks to it providing water ‘according to demand’.
Clean water supply that is safe for drinking
As the water is provided from the mains directly and not stored in a tank for any period of time, you won’t have to worry about any build up of sludge or debris in the water. The water that comes through your taps will be much cleaner and safer for drinking.
It will save you money
Since combi boilers work by heating water in small amounts, you will save money compared to traditional style boilers which heat large quantities of water even for small tasks like washing your hands that do not require that much hot water. This is because conventional boilers need to heat up a full cylinder of water no matter what you need it for, which means combi boilers also leave a much smaller carbon footprint than other boilers as well as saving you a substantial amount of money on your energy bills.