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How to find the best central heating system

Monday 30 November 2020

Do you have an old central heating boiler that needs replacing? Then it is time to look into the possibilities. Nowadays, there are a number of sustainable alternatives to the traditional central heating boiler. But these alternatives are not so easy to install in all houses. So will you opt for a central heating boiler again? Then we have a few tips to make your choice as easy as possible.

Go for as economical as possible

In recent years, central heating boilers have become increasingly economical. If you still have an old central heating boiler, you will certainly make a lot of progress. If you want to be sure of getting the most efficient boiler, you will have to look at the energy label. A boiler with an A++ energy label for heating the radiators and an A label for heating tap water is a good choice. With an energy efficient boiler you will be able to save a lot on your energy bill.

Choose the capacity that suits you

You don't need to worry about the capacity for heating the radiators in your home. Almost every boiler has sufficient capacity for this. What you do need to consider, however, is the heating of the tap water. The amount of hot water you use in the shower, for filling the bath or for washing the dishes plays a major role. The CW-value of a boiler indicates how much hot water you can have in a short period of time. For a small flat CW 3 is good enough, for a larger house you will quickly get to CW 4. However, if you have two bathrooms and want to use a lot of hot water at the same time, a higher CW value may be required. Ask a professional for advice, because not all pipes are always suitable for a boiler with a CW 6 value.

Think about the location

You may not realise it, but it is of course possible to hang your new boiler in a different place from your old one. A new boiler is often a lot smaller than an old model, so it might fit nicely in a different place. When choosing a place, make sure that it is easily accessible. If maintenance or repair is required, the mechanic can access it easily. It is also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector in the same room immediately after the installation. A good fitter will of course connect the boiler safely for you, but an accident can happen at any time. That's why it's better to be prepared.

Renting is also possible

Developments in sustainable heating are rapid. That is why you may not want to be tied down to a central heating boiler for the next fifteen years. In that case, it's good to know that it is also possible to rent a boiler for a shorter period of time. This allows you to be flexible if you want to switch to a heat pump, or if your house will be connected to a heat network. In addition, with a rental contract you are often assured of regular maintenance and you often get a smart thermostat as well. That makes it even easier to be aware of how you use your energy.