New models of combi boilers are more efficient than ever, and they’re also smaller and lighter than previous generations of the machines. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which one will work best in your home, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with this type of appliance.
Here’s our list of the top five compact combination boilers that we think are likely to outshine other models over the next year or two, as well as tips on how to choose the right one for your situation.
Combination boilers save space and energy
One of the best things about a combination boiler is that it uses much less energy than an individual electric and water heater, so they save you money on your energy bill; while making great use of space in your home.
With a good system, you’ll be able to take advantage of both hot water and central heating all year round without sacrificing power or comfort.
Additionally, with such units, you don’t have to worry about installing two separate systems—so you can get everything done at once. Before buying any unit, make sure to check out its EPC rating and make sure it’s as efficient as possible; also be sure to ask if any grants are available to you.
Trust the experts
Our experts at SwitchedOn Yorkshire have been working with combination boilers for a number of years; so when it comes to picking out a quality boiler, we’re well-versed.
There are a number of factors we look at when selecting our favourite models. We consider quality of construction, heating power and efficiency; though if you’re looking for an overview of all your options, read on.
Here are our favourite combination boilers for 2022:
- Worcester Bosch Greenstar
- Ideal Logic
- Ideal Vogue Gen2
- Vaillant ecoTEC plus
- Vaillant ecoTEC pro
Combination boilers pros and cons
Combination boilers are a great choice for all-around heating. Since they’re able to serve as both your primary heat source and hot water heater, you don’t have to buy multiple pieces of equipment that serve similar functions.
That can mean big savings, especially if you decide to go with gas-fired combination units, which are typically more efficient than tankless models.
And by not having a tank, these units also take up less space.
Heat pumps vs. boilers
It’s important to decide if you want a heating system that uses a heat pump or traditional hot water boiler before you look at specific models.
Heat pumps and boilers offer different pros and cons, and knowing what you value most will help narrow down your choices.
On one hand, heat pumps tend to be more energy efficient, as they produce all their heat with electricity and can heat a home quickly. However, many households aren’t yet able to commit to the cost of installation, and so prefer to stick to gas-powered boilers.
Speaking with our team of experts, we can advise you on what solution may be better for your home; long-term. Let us help you.
What are heat pumps?
In a nutshell, heat pumps are heating and cooling units that transfer heat from one place to another.
They’re designed to make use of energy efficiently, and they can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Also known as air-source heat pumps or ground-source heat pumps, they have gained popularity due to their efficiency with little energy consumption. A heat pump uses on average 1 unit of energy, for very 3 units of heat generated. Pretty efficient.
If you’re looking to install a heat pump, you have until 31 March 2022 to receive up to £12,000 cash-back. Why? The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is coming to an end; if you want to find out more, ask our team.
How can SwitchedOn Yorkshire help you?
If you are serious about cutting your heating costs, reducing your energy consumption and protecting against frozen pipes this winter, upgrading your heating system might just be the way forward.
Once you install a more energy efficient, modern solution; you can begin to expand your options and create a smart home with multiple devices.