Should I Switch to a Combi Boiler?

A look at the merits of switching to a combi boiler

Combi Boiler control panel

A Combi Boiler control panel. Image by Cegli (via Shutterstock).

If you’re looking at modernising your heating system, the spring and summer months are the best times of the year to do just that. In warmer weather, demand for the installation of boilers and central heating systems is at its lowest. We are less likely to switch our heating on, though likely to switch the air conditioning on instead. Heating related emergency call outs are busier in December than July. A good time to switch to a combi boiler?

Why are combi boilers in vogue?

They are the most popular kind of boiler in British homes. Especially in small homes – terraced houses, apartments, and studio flats. Semi-detached and small detached houses too. In most cases, energy efficiency is greater than standard boilers.

Five reasons to switch a combi boiler

  1. Unlimited hot water when you need it: the hot water is on tap rather than heated twice daily;
  2. No hot water cylinder nor cold water tank needed: a combi boiler combines the two functions, in miniaturised form;
  3. Space-saving: the omission of a cold water tank and hot water cylinder means combi boilers can be mounted onto a kitchen wall. By contrast, the cold water tank and hot water cylinder takes up as much space as a wardrobe;
  4. Best for small houses and apartments: where space is at a premium, the space-saving advantages of combi boilers are great for bijou residences instead of palatial stately homes;
  5. Good for light use: immersion heaters can be an expensive option for occasional users or small households;

One Other Thing…

Having your combi boiler installed in the summer months could be a cheaper option. Sometimes, discounts may be available due to supply and demand. As always, it pays to shop around for combination boilers, and trusted makes include Vaillant and Worcester Bosch.