Types of home heating systems explained

Selecting and installing the right home heating system can ensure that your home is kept warm with minimum effort and expense. There are a number of different types of heating systems available, but here we run through the most popular to help you decide which of them is right for you.

Main types of heating systems

Combination boilers

Combinations boilers are a popular choice for UK homeowners because they don't require separate storage tanks to store water. Modern combi boilers have an attractive, space saving design which goes some way to explaining why half of all new boilers being installed in the UK today are combination boilers.

Basically, combination boilers combine water heating and central heating in an efficient fashion. They are normally mounted on the wall in the kitchen or in a cupboard. They only heat the amount of water you require and provide hot water "on demand" and at mains pressure.

Conventional boilers

Conventional boilers consist of a boiler with controls, a feed and expansion cisterns, and a hot water storage cylinder. Water is forced down by means of gravity, and thus this system is also known as a gravity fed central heating system.

System boilers

System boilers are similar to conventional boilers in that they require a special cylinder. However with system boilers, many of the system's components are built into the boiler, making installation simple and economical. The system also has a faster response time to conventional boilers (as water is pumped through the system), which in turn makes them more economical to run.

Choosing between types of heating systems

When it comes to choosing a heating system for your home, there is no one right answer - it is a personal decision based on your circumstances. In addition to cost, you might also like to consider the environmental impact of your home heating system and fuel type.

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