Conventional boilers, generally understood as heat only or regular boilers, are popular for bigger houses as they can warm your home and water effectively.
Conventional boilers utilise a storage tank with two feeds. There is one for hot water and one for cold, and the water is pumped through the system to either be heated up or kept as warm water to be used when it is needed.
You might want to select a conventional boiler if you have lots of people in your family and you have more than one bathroom. This is because they can handle supplying water to two or more outlets whereas a combi boiler will have a difficult time doing this.
So is a conventional boiler right for you?
Benefits of a conventional boiler
- They still work well even if your mains pressure is low
- You’ll still get hot water even if someone is running the shower and the kitchen taps at the same time
- They’re simple to service as they have a basic design
- You can set up an immersion heater to the warm water cylinder to use if the boiler breaks down
- Standard boilers deal with older central heating systems
Drawbacks to a conventional boiler
- Pressure circulation for showers and warm water can be low
- You’ll require space for the hot and cold feed tanks
- Conventional boilers aren’t as effective as combi boilers – there will be heat loss as hot water is conserved in tanks
- Your hot water can run out and take some time to reheat
- Hot water isn’t really offered on demand – you need to heat it in advance
Traditional boilers are outstanding for larger homes and those with more than one bathroom. Simply keep in mind that you will need sufficient space for the cold and hot water tanks and you can’t get hot water on requirement like you can with a combi boiler.
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