These days, it isn’t enough to simply build a house to put a roof over your head. No: today’s homes need to ensure that those living within can do so in comfort and safety. In which case, the choice of boiler you install within your home is critical.
But other than comfort and safety, there is another factor that homeowners need to consider when choosing a boiler: sustainability. In recent years, town and city councils have penned regulations encouraging builders and homeowners to consider boilers that do an efficient job of heating homes and leave a considerably smaller carbon footprint.
In which case, combination – also known as combi – boilers are just the thing.
Why Get a Combi Boiler?
Combi boilers are popular not just because they enable homebuilders to comply with local construction codes, but they are also incredibly convenient. The typical combi provides hot water on demand at the twist of a tap – directly from the mains instead of being warmed up in a reservoir beforehand.
Unlike more traditional boilers, combi boilers are also more efficient in terms of space, making them an apt choice for smaller homes or flats. In a combi boiler setup, all the equipment for making it work is contained within a single unit and, as its pipes are connected to municipal or community mains, there is no need to build a separate hot water tank.
Also, as the boiler is connected to the mains, taking a hot shower is made even more straightforward: you get plenty of hot water running at just the right temperature without using a pressure pump.
The Advantages of Using a Combi Boiler
Compliant with current building regulations
Did you know that current home-building regulations state that all combi boilers – regardless of whether they run on natural gas from community mains or are hybrid boilers that can run on hydrogen – need to be built with condensing technology? Chances are, if you’ve just built a home or moved into a newly-built one, your combi boiler is already equipped with a condenser.
Ready for the Big Switch come 2025
In its bid to reduce the country’s overall carbon footprint, the UK aims to ban all traditional gas and non-condensing boilers by 2025. In which case, you’ll need to go with a combi boiler that can run on both natural gas and hydrogen today, then segue to full hydrogen use in another few years. So, if you’re stuck with an old and inefficient boiler at home, it would always be a good idea to get a replacement boiler to adhere to these regulations.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Using a combi boiler ensures that your household emits a lower amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there is minimal wastage in terms of gas and heat.
Enjoy a safer, warmer, more comfortable home in the colder months
Combi boilers are built so that there is little to no opportunity for gases and heat to seep through the flues. As a result, water heats up automatically and stays hot as it flows through the pipes, while combustible gases are retained within the boiler and used to heat cold water as it enters the system.