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There are numerous boiler manufacturers in the U.K. Some of them have been in the industry for years and have built a reputation based on trust and quality of their products. They also offer a variety of additional benefits for their boilers like extended warranties and various financing options.
When comparing the boilers, evaluating the different manufacturers and their trust rating in the market is key. Before you can consider the prices, make sure you’re comparing boilers from credible and reliable manufacturers before you start comparing the prices.
Some manufacturers have slightly higher prices for their boilers. Usually, because of their trust ratings and the reliability of their products.
Some of the brands that you should pay attention to when comparing boilers include Baxi, Biasi, Atag, Daikin, Ferroli, Firebird, Vaillant, Worcester Bosch, Ideal, Zanussi among others.
Boilers are typically powered by three types of energy;
The design and installation requirement for boilers powered by each of the types of energy are different. Gas boilers are the most convenient. Most homes are connected to the Gas network which makes it easier to power the boiler.
If you’re living in an off-grid home and don’t have access to gas, you can opt for oil or an LPG boiler. Depending on the type of fuel that powers your boil, the applications and diversity of the boiler can differ.
For instance, boilers that use LPG as fuel can also use gad but, the boiler in question should have the necessary components to convert the different types of fuel.
Admittedly, the type of fuel can also affect the price of the boiler even though slightly. However, you shouldn’t turn a blind eye on how your preference for fuel might affect the running cost of the boiler in the long run.
For instance, boilers using oil are slowly being phased out in preference for gas varieties. Considering to get a gas boiler from the onset could save you the cost of conversation.
Choosing the right boiler for your home is essential. It will save you from installation nightmares like lack of enough space. It will also make sure you can meet the demand for hot water in your home without stretching the boiler thin.
When comparing the different boilers, the type of boiler will have a significant impact on the cost and suitability of the boiler for your home so this should be thoroughly considered before you settle on any particular boiler.
Luckily, there are not many types of boilers to choose from. They are only three of them. These include:
Combi boilers are very common in most homes. They are extremely efficient in heating and have a central heating boiler all in one compact and sizeable unit. This type of boiler heats water directly from the mains so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing space to store the tanks.
Combi boilers are as cost-effective as they are energy efficient. Instead of the water being stored in a cylinder, it is heated instantly. The hot water is fed into the system using mains pressure so you don’t have to worry about additional pumps for your shower.
System boilers are ideal for homes that have space to store the hot water cylinder. But most of the component are built into the boiler. This makes the boiler easier and faster to install. The greatest upside with system boilers is that you can use them on solar water heating systems to lower your energy bills.
Also known as traditional or open vent boilers, this type of boiler requires both a hot water cylinder and water storage tank. While they work great for large homes, they are impossible to install in homes where space is limited.
Conventional boilers are perfect when you want hot water supplied to different bathrooms in the home at the same time.
This boiler is best suited for homes that already have a traditional heating system in place. In such cases, the pipework might not need to be changed or, the changes if any would be very minimal. Like the system boilers, conventional boilers can also be used together with solar heating systems.
Price is the greatest factor when comparing different boilers. While you want to get the most affordable option, you also want to get more for your money and get a quality option.
Unlike installation prices, the price for a new boiler is predictable but varies from one brand to the next and depending on the type of boiler you are looking for.
Gas boilers will set you back anywhere between £499 to £825 depending on the brand, output rating and efficiency of the boiler. Gas heat only boiler start at £492 all the way to £3,600 while gas system boilers start at £521 to £910.
Oil combi boilers £2,057 to £3,191 while oil heat only boilers £1,107 – £3,770 and an oil system boiler ranges between £1,335 and £2,407.
Note; Boiler prices are not stagnant. They fluctuate depending on various factors in the market like policies as well as the demand and supply curve. The prices might also vary depending on location.
As you will notice, some brands typically command higher prices for all their boilers no matter the type. This is because of their exceptional quality and the trust they have built with the consumers or because they offer longer warranties. While paying more doesn’t always mean you get the best boiler, it is usually safer to pay more for a good boiler especially when you don’t much about them.
If you live in an area with a gas network and access to oil, the biggest choice you have to make is whether to go for a gas or oil boiler. The choice is not only about the source of energy for your boiler but also the benefits that come with each of the options.
Cost-wise, gas boilers are more affordable to buy, maintain and run. If cost is a concern, you might want to consider going for a gas boiler. While modern oil boilers are proving to be very promising in terms of efficiency, you might have to pay more than you would have if you were buying a gas boiler with the same performance.
In terms of durability, oil boilers are more durable. They can last anywhere between 13 to 25 years with good maintenance. Gas boilers, on the other hand, last between 10 to 15 years. You may have to replace your gas boiler sooner.
Should you decide to invest in an oil boiler, you should be aware that you need storage for the boiler which can be expensive. However, the same is not the case for gas boilers. The gas is piped so you don’t have to worry about storage.
Understanding the technical part of both oil and gas boilers is important and critical in helping you make a fair comparison and choose the right decision.
Remember that technology used in making boilers is constantly changing and improving. So some of the disadvantages facing either fuel type can be improved.