Replacing Your Oil Boiler
If you are considering buying a replacement for your oil-fired boiler, there are certain questions you should ask yourself. A new boiler is not a small purchase, but should be more efficient at running your heating system.
Among the oil boilers on the market today, the choices available can be somewhat confusing. Choosing the right boiler is an important decision. If it is too small, it will not serve you well. If it is too big, it can become a costly burden. The proper size boiler for your home is basically determined by two general factors: the volume of your house and how well it is insulated. If you are replacing your current boiler and it has been a good fit, then you should look for a similar size boiler. However, if you are looking to make a change in your boiler’s size, here are some questions you will need to ask yourself:
Hot Water Usage
- How many showers are in my house?
- How many sinks are in my house?
- How many bathrooms are in my house?
Size of House
- How many rooms are in my house?
- How big are the radiators in each room?
- What type of house do I have? Terraced, semi-detached, or detached?
- Does my house have cavity wall insulation?
- Do I have loft insulation?
- Do I have double glazing?
- Do I want to hide the boiler in a closet or large cabinet?
- Do I mind if it is openly visible?
Condensing boilers are more efficient than normal boilers. As one can glean from their name, they use the hot water return to condense the gases in the flu exhaust to recover to heat the water. This type of boiler is very efficient at around 90%. It will definitely save you money on your heating oil bill. Condensing boilers also reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being sent into the atmosphere. Over half of the carbon dioxide produced from household use comes from boilers. Therefore, to help cut carbon emissions and protect the environment, we should try to choose the type that will have the least damaging impact. One downside to condensing boilers is that they more complicated, so there are more moving parts and more things that could possibly go wrong. However, consumers can have confidence in this smart purchase, as most models are very reliable these days.
Hot Water Tank or Combination?
As their name suggests, combination boilers offer both water for heating and an almost immediate supply of hot water. They have become increasingly more common in recent years. There are several advantages that come with this type of boiler. There is only a very small reservoir of water that needs to be heated at any given time, and a hot water tank is not required, so this could be a great chance to save space. One should know, however, that oil-fired combination boilers are usually slower to provide hot water than some gas-fired combination boilers. Combination boilers may not be appropriate for large homes where several people could be attempting to use hot water at the same time.
Heating and hot water requirements are unique to each household, so it is always a wise plan to seek advice from an expert when purchasing a new boiler. Just be sure to keep these concepts and questions in mind, and you will be on the right track to obtaining a boiler that fits your family’s needs perfectly.