Cold winter nights?, cozying up under the blanket in the lounge watching telly, seems like the perfect night. The atmosphere is temperature-controlled to warm enough so you can walk around bare feet but not so hot that it?s like walking on coals in your home.
All this because you have the optimal heating system in place. A boiler, this is explained well here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiler is essentially the system that provides heat and hot water to your house.
Whether you have a central heating system set up or another, the key is to produce heat safely and efficiently.
There are various options available when it comes to taking care of and providing a warm home for your family. The 3 main ones are:
- Combi-boilers. These are great, especially if you are tight on storage space, as they don?t require any water tanks or cylinders and you can get unlimited hot water and heat on demand.
- System boilers. This system comes standard with a water cylinder, usually tucked away in an unused cupboard or an awkward space. What?s great about these is that 2 family members can brush their teeth at the same time in different bathrooms without having to share water pressure.
- Conventional boilers. These aren?t as popular due to the system setup requiring a water tank and cylinder of which you need to find space to store them, but they are still used. If more than 1 child in the house needs hot water at the same time this won?t be an issue.
If you?re like me and require pictures to understand technical jargon and installations, checking this site will help decipher what you need to know when it comes to choosing and differentiating between boilers.
How to know it?s time for a new boiler.
Well, the most obvious indication would be that there is no hot water, or the heating feels like its non-existent. This goes without saying that something with the boiler is on the blink. My main worry and one that has me running for the hills are strange noises, it freaks me out when, suddenly, sounds that are not supposed to be there start singing their tune. No thank you.
Another factor not to turn a blind eye to is the fact that the pilot light has gone out and has decided to not come back. This paired with any leaking or kettling noises and it?s time to call in the professionals.
Lastly, of the major components, would be that the radiators are cold to the touch. This can be fixed in some cases by bleeding them and moving along air bubbles or pockets that may have got stuck, however, if your boiler is more than or coming up to 10 years old, I?d say it?s likely time it retired.
The efficiency level isn?t there, it?s tired and done its job. Take the time to research what?s new on the market and invest in a newer model that will last another decade taking care of your home and family.
Choosing the right company for the job.
When it comes the time to get a new boiler, having the right business do the job can make or break your peace of mind. One of the key elements to a reputable company will be experience, while you understand a college graduate needs hands-on practical experience, we?d rather stick with the guys who know what they?re doing.
Look for experience, this will be advertised on their website with no problems, and can take a weight off your shoulders knowing you?re in safe hands. This goes hand in hand with being certified up to regulations standards, accreditations will be listed in their company portfolio.
The old school method of recommendation is never wasted and is still used confidently to this day, ask friends and family members for companies they have worked for and be sure to get a minimum of 3 quotes from various brands.
Once you?ve found a company you feel comfortable, arrange a meeting and consultation, have them come look at your home and set up and give advice on what will work best in the house. Check whether they have the brand or system setup you have looked into and if they can install it.
Based on what?s had rave reviews and satisfied customer comments, opting for Vaillant combi boilers is going to be a good choice. Working together to cut costs and provide efficiency, your wallet won?t be crying month end when it comes to opening bill envelopes. We all love those, don?t we?
All we want is to have a warm home, enjoy life and not wake up to the Arctic. Ensuring your boiler is of good quality and from a reliable company and you should have nothing to worry about, life is too short to worry about heating. Let the professionals do the worrying for you.
It may seem like a big investment to cough up now, but an efficient boiler pays itself off in the long run.
Newer models are more lightweight, more compact and some come with lit LED backlight displays so no more squinting to see what?s going on.
Added features such as frost protection prevents pipes from freezing up causing unwanted headaches, and the cream of the crop are the models that regulate outside temperatures and auto shut down to minimum functionality, saving you energy without you even realizing. If this could just work with our spouse we?d be home free. Wink.