Selecting a new boiler can be challenging. As well as choosing between a combi, system or conventional model, you’ll also be considering condensing and non-condensing boilers. If you’ve never bought a new boiler before, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all your options.
If you’re uncertain about the difference between condensing and non-condensing boilers, you’re in the right place. Keep reading for some help on picking a boiler.
How are condensing and non-condensing boilers different?
The big difference between condensing and non-condensing boilers is their performance. Non-condensing boilers usually have an efficiency between 55-78%, depending on their age. Condensing boilers, on the other hand, can have up to 92% efficiency.
Why are condensing boilers more efficient?
Condensing boilers are typically more efficient than non-condensing boilers as they capture and reuse wasted heat. They use the heat in flue gas to pre-heat the cold water running into the boiler. This boosts efficiency and reduces waste, meaning that you’ll spend less and get more heat.
What kind of boiler should I get?
The UK government says that when you get a new boiler it should be condensing unless there is a good reason why not. This is because, as well as being more efficient, condensing boilers are also more environmentally friendly and safer than non-condensing boilers.
If you want to get a new gas boiler, it’s important to get a new boiler survey. This involves asking a boiler engineer to look at your existing system and recommend the best replacement boilers. Your engineer will tell you whether you can fit a condensing boiler and help you get permission for a non-condensing one.
Be sure to use an engineer who is on the Gas Safe register, so their work is safe and complies with building regulations.
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