by Tal Potishman
According to recent statistics, many people are investing in high efficiency combi boilers. They remain the most popular choice of boiler, accounting for over 70% of the entire marketplace. There are numerous reasons for why they remain such a popular choice. They are easy to install, easy to use and easy to run. When deciding to make a purchase, it is important for the consumer to be aware on what to look for. This is especially the case in the current recession the UK is facing.
As a result of the recession, consumers are more cautious than ever before when deciding where to spend their money. However, even most consumers are aware that heating and having hot water are fundamental human needs. They are an essential requirement of our day to day lives, therefore we are willing to put a little expenditure on these requirements.
Many of the surveys done recently suggest that gas central heating and hot water is the UK consumer's number one choice and the combi boiler is the most common choice of boiler. With technology advancing every day, it is possible that this might change over the next decade or so, however in this present time, combi boilers remain a popular choice.
Advantages in using combi boilers
A high efficiency combi boiler is beneficial for many reasons. The boiler can provide heating and the amount of water you get is limitless. Furthermore, the combi boiler is very adaptable which means you can fit it anywhere. Therefore if you are struggling for room, if it small enough it can fit inside a kitchen unit or even under the stairs. In addition, the combi boiler does not store hot water, so will only create it when needed. There is no need for a tank or any other additional plumbing.
Disadvantages of using high efficiency combi boilers
Sometimes combi boilers are not the easiest to repair if something goes wrong. In some instances, the damage can be so bad that it is impossible to fix, in which case the whole system needs to be replaced. However, it is important to bear in mind that this can be rare, and if the problem is relatively minor, a professional installer will be able to repair it.
Another drawback often complained about is the delivery time of useable hot water. Most consumers who are used to receiving hot water within seconds of turning the hot water tap will be unpleasantly surprised when they experience the delay. This is because with a combi boiler, the water flow rate is not as good as a traditional storage cylinder. Whilst some consumers are willing to adjust to this, many manufacturers are now pushing for improvements to be made.
Should I purchase the combi boiler?
Like most other boilers, combi boilers have their positive points and negative points. It all depends on what you are looking for and what will suit you best. As purchasing a boiler is a long-term investment, is best to seek some professional advice first. This way you can consider all your options before reaching a final decision.
About the Author:
Tal Potishman, editor of Heating Central, writes articles about central heating, boilers, Swindon plumbers, underfloor heating and solar thermal. He specializes in helping save money by advising on efficient heating.
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