Getting Optimum Performance from your Boiler

by | Nov 27, 2015 | Plumbing

There are few items in a home more important than a boiler. At any time of the year having access to hot water is top of any householder’s list, but in winter this is a necessity, along with ensuring that there is adequate heating in the house. This is why it’s always a good idea to have your boiler serviced, particularly before the onset of cold weather. Of course, it may be that it’s time to consider investing in a new boiler, and then you will need to look at a variety of options before making a final decision. Getting all the relevant information first would be most important.

Deciding which type of boiler to buy

There are many different boilers available and you need to know what fuel you will be using. In most UK households, including those in Aberdeen, boilers usually work off the gas network. However, not all homes are connected to this network, so then you would investigate other alternatives. These would include boilers that use oil, wood, or liquid petroleum gas. It’s advisable to consult with a reputable firm when making a decision as there are even broader choices to make. For example, the boiler can be used only for hot water, or it can also be used to provide heat to your radiators. If the latter is the case, then you will need to purchase the correct size of boiler and this will be determined by the size of your home and the number of radiators in it. If your home is particularly big, your boiler should also be accompanied by a hot water storage tank – this will ensure that there is a plentiful supply of hot water even when several people decide to take a bath or shower at the same time.

Some people may be more interested in an eco-friendly solution and will want to install a solar thermal boiler. These are becoming increasingly popular, but you would need to make certain, if you live in Aberdeen, that you receive enough hours of sunlight to make solar-driven boilers viable. You can visit here get more information.

Installing a new boiler

If you choose a gas fuelled boiler, you must ensure that a Registered Gas Installer is used for the installation. This is required by law. With energy costs constantly increasing, you may want to consider installing new heating controls as well. If your boiler and radiators have thermostatic valves, your entire heating system can become more efficient. Before you fit a new boiler, your installer should also power flush the whole system so that all debris is out of the pipes and radiators. There is little point in having a brand new boiler if the system isn’t operating at maximum efficiency due to sludge in the pipes.

If you need services for boilers in Aberdeen, either for a new purchase or maintenance, CAS Duncan has specialists to advise you.

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