Conventional boilers, typically called heat only or regular boilers, are popular for bigger households as they can warm your house and water effectively.
Conventional boilers use a storage tank with 2 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 utilised when it is needed.
You may want to pick a conventional boiler if you have lots of people in your family and you have more than one bathroom. This is because they can cope with providing water to 2 or more outlets whereas a combi boiler will struggle to do this.
So is a conventional boiler right for you?
Advantages 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 exact same time
- They’re easy to maintain as they have a simple design
- You can install an immersion heating unit to the warm water cylinder to use if the boiler breaks down
- Conventional boilers work with older central heating units
Downsides to a traditional boiler
- Pressure circulation for showers and hot water can be low
- You’ll require space for the hot and cold feed tanks
- Conventional boilers aren’t as efficient as combi boilers – there will be heat loss as hot water is saved
- Your hot water can run out and take time to reheat
- Warm water isn’t really supplied on demand – you need to warm it in advance
Conventional boilers are fantastic for larger houses and those with more than one bathroom. Just bear in mind that you will need enough space for the cold and hot water tanks and that you can’t heat water on demand like you can with a combi boiler.
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