New Boiler Installation
Get the right boiler for your needs
Nearly all the new boilers being installed these days are condensing boilers. These are far more energy-efficient than older boilers – typically up to 92%. They re-use heat that would otherwise be wasted.
This means means that you could save approximately 10 to 40% on your gas bill. With current rising energy costs this is a very important consideration. These days you can also control your heating remotely with using a smart device such as a tablet or phone, making further cost and efficiency savings. More about Smart Controls>>
You will find advice on Choosing a New Boiler below, but don’t worry, we are boiler installation specialists and can help you choose the right boiler for your needs, as well as take care of the installation, servicing and maintenance.
What are the signs that it’s time for a boiler replacement?
- Your boiler is breaking down on a regular basis
- It becomes noisy, or consistently fails to start
- It is more than 15 years old
- It has rust corrosion
- The cost of a repair would be more than a new boiler
- To cut the cost of rising heating bills
- Your heating and hot water demands are no longer being met
- You’re planning to sell or rent out your property – a new modern boiler will help to lift the efficiency rating of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers
Choosing a new boiler
1. Decide on the right type of boiler
All new boilers installed by Solution Boilers are condensing. The size of your property, number of people living in it and the demand for heating and hot water will determine which boiler type is right for your home.
There are three main types of condensing boiler:
Combination (Combi) Boilers
Combi Boilers are the most modern and popular type of boiler in the UK. A combi is a single cost-effective heating system that doesn’t need to be installed alongside any additional tanks or cylinders. Great news if your property has limited space available.
They deliver instant heating and hot water on demand as and when needed, without the need for any tanks or cylinders. As a result, they’re perfectly suited to homes with 1-2 bathrooms (depending on the output rating).
While combi boilers have a number of benefits, as they take water directly from the mains, you will need a high water pressure at your property. Otherwise the hot water that comes out of the tap will always be weak. Also, they’re unable to deliver a strong supply of hot water to more than a single tap at a time (in most cases) which is why they’re best suited to smaller properties.
A system boiler is a great option for homes with two or more bathrooms and a high demand for hot water. This is because, rather than heating water on demand, they store it in a hot water cylinder. If your property has a high demand for hot water then it’s well worth the additional space.
While storing hot water in a cylinder does allow a system boiler to meet higher demands for hot water, there will be times when you need to wait for it to fill back up. This may, on occasion, postpone your bath for a little while – a problem you won’t face with combi boilers.
Regular (Heat Only) Boilers
These are the oldest boiler type available and are commonly found in older properties built in the 1960s and 70s.
Like a system boiler, regular boilers heat water for storage in a cylinder. However, in addition to a hot water cylinder, a feed and expansion tank is also necessary. This tank is fitted in the loft and delivers cold water down to the boiler rather than taking water directly from the mains.
As they are large heating systems in need of an extensive pipe network, they’re only recommended for properties where this boiler type is already installed.
Not sure which boiler is best suited to your home?
2. Research the best boiler brands
Once you’ve decided on the right type of boiler for your home then you’ll need to select a model from one of the many UK boiler manufacturers. Solution Boilers can assist you with selecting the best boiler for you, at a price you can afford.
You can also have a look at our picture gallery for some inspiration.
3. Choose the right size of boiler
Getting boiler size right is vital. And by boiler size, we mean its power, which is measured in kilowatts (kW).
A suitable output for the boiler is determined by the size of your property and the number of people living in it. Getting the output rating right is essential. Otherwise, if it’s too low it will struggle to meet demand, and if it’s too high then your heating bills could be unnecessarily high.
So, how do you know which output rating is best suited to your home? Well, below is a boiler sizing rule of thumb which you can use to get an idea of the right size boiler for your home.
4. Choose a place for your boiler
Modern boiler installations can be incredibly flexible, giving you the freedom to choose where you’d like your boiler to be installed. Having it installed in a kitchen or utility room is by no means a requirement. You could choose a loft or a garage for example.
Most boilers manufactured nowadays are designed to be as compact as possible, so they won’t take up too much space and many can be hidden away in a wall-mounted cupboard. See our picture gallery for some examples.
5. Set your budget
For many people, choice is often dictated by budget and it’s important to be clear about what you are able to spend. The price of a new boiler will depend on several things, including:
- Manufacturer, range and model
- Boiler type (combi, system or regular)
- Output rating (this determines how powerful the boiler will be and is measured in kW)
On top of the cost of the boiler itself, you’ll also need to factor in installation costs, which can vary greatly depending on factors such as:
- Difficulty of the installation
- Whether the boiler is being moved to a new location
- Whether it’s a like-for-like boiler replacement (replacing a combi with a combi, for example)
We have payment options by credit card to help spread the cost.
6. Check the warranty
A boiler warranty will give you the peace of mind that you’re covered in the event of an issue. All UK boiler manufacturers offer warranties on their boilers, typically ranging from 1 – 10 years.
All new boilers installed by us come with a 10 year warranty.
Fitting a SMART thermostat with your new boiler lets you manage every minute of your home’s heating schedule from the palm of your hand, through a tablet or smartphone. So you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your sofa to be in complete control. Or, in fact, as long as you have an internet connection, you could be anywhere in the world and still able to control your heating at home!
We can install all makes of smart controls, including Nest, Hive, Tado etc.
What are the advantages of Smart Controls?
Reduce your energy bills
Intelligent control means your boiler runs as efficiently as possible, using the minimum energy required to heat your home and reducing your fuel bills.
Comfort and control wherever you are
Smartphone Apps makes it easy for you to control heating and hot water anytime, anywhere. So, if you’re going to be late home, you can delay your heat coming on so you’re not heating an empty house, for example.
Intelligent learning from your home
Smart controls start to understand your home’s heating needs and makes your boiler work smarter to minimise energy bills.
Access from any device
Whether your smartphone is Apple or Android, you can download the free apps from either Apple App Store or Google Play.
Connect to your smart home technology
Smart controls work with Amazon Echo, or Google Home, so you can ask Alexa or Google to change the temperature for you.
Change with the season
Smart controls monitor your local weather conditions and adjust the boiler to provide just the right temperature in your home.
Control multiple boilers from one app
Whether you have a holiday home in Devon or you just want to look after your grandparents’ heating, Smart controls mean you can control the heating and hot water for other homes through the App.