Different Types of Boilers to Install

If you visit a new build home in the UK (or indeed the vast majority of residential properties that have undergone refurbishment in the last decade or so), the chances are that it will be fitted with an ultra-efficient combi-boiler.

However, this is by no means the only type of boiler available to home-owners in the modern age, as it’s impossible to install different types of heating system depending on several factors including the size and location of your house.

In most instances, the type of boiler that you choose will have a significant bearing on everything from your energy bills to the way in which your home is laid out. So, here are the three main types of boiler and an insight into how they work.


We start with the aforementioned combi-boiler, which is easily the most popular type of unit currently sold in the UK. 

Also known as combination boilers, these units offer significant advantages to home-owners, whilst they’re also readily accessible in outlets nationwide.

To begin with, combi-boilers are known to be incredibly energy-efficient 

and cost-effective, with A-rated units offering efficiency in excess of 90% and capable of saving home-owners up to £340 in bills every single year. 

Not only this, but they also negate the need to install separate cold and hot water tanks in the property, which is a huge space saver that will help you to extend it in the future.

Conventional Boilers

The next boiler on our list is the conventional unit, which is still widely available in the UK and installed in numerous homes nationwide.

This boiler typically requires two water tanks in the loft, along with a smaller, hot water cylinder that’s placed in an upstairs cupboard.

Whilst this type of boiler is entirely unsuitable for smaller properties and new build homes, there are instances in which they can add value.

Properties with low water pressure that require a water pump offer a relevant case in point, as do homes with two or more bathrooms. Similarly, anyone with a larger property and some additional loft space can install a conventional boiler and heating system, or at least maintain the one they already have.

System Boilers

We close with system boilers, which are similar to conventional alternatives but distinguished by a couple of unique factors. 

This kind of boiler doesn’t require water tanks to be installed in the loft, for example, as you only need a single water cylinder to be fitted in an upstairs cupboard.

Not only this, but all of the necessary components are built into the boiler unit itself, meaning that system boilers are similar to combis and therefore tailormade for smaller properties.

In fact, if you own a compact new build home with two bathrooms (including an en-suite), installing a system boiler can be extremely beneficial. Busy family homes that require a constant supply of running hot water may also want to consider a system boiler, at least as one of their top two options.

The Last Word

With such a range of boilers and heating systems available, choosing the right one for your needs can be extremely challenging. Installing your chosen system can also be troublesome, which is why you need to liaise with an experienced and accredited service provider to achieve this objective.

If you live in Snodland, West Malling, Halling, Vigo and Aylesford or the surrounding areas, then let us help here at LP Plumbing & Heating. Not only are we Gas Safe registered, but we also offers warranties of up to 12 years on select Ideal boilers. To find out more, why not give the team a call on 07534907893, or drop them an email at lpheatingplumbing@gmail.com and ask for a quote?