What is a Combination Boiler?
A combination boiler, or combi boiler, gets its name from combining both a high efficiency water heater and a central heating boiler system into one compact unit. This compact unit is a great 2 for 1 for any small dwelling.
How do they work?
Combi units are similar to unvented boilers, but with a second heating circuit. This second circuit is what provides you with instant, unlimited hot water on demand. Combination boilers do not have storage tanks like conventional water heaters. This means, they don’t have to heat then store hot water. As a result, these systems are both cost effective and energy efficient.
Since combination boilers do not have storage tanks like a conventional water heater, they don’t have to routinely heat and store hot water. Furthermore the upfront cost of installation is cheaper than having a water heater and boiler installed. They also take up less space within your home, this benefiting homes that do not have basements.
Is it right for you?
The ability to provide space heating with hot water production in one compact unit is a big advantage, especially considering the low installation cost. However these units are not ideal for every home. In most situations, there will be little to no difference between a combi boiler and a traditional water heater. With one exception of households that run multiple hot-water consuming appliances simultaneously, or take multiple showers daily. Call today for a free estimate to see if a combi-boiler is right for you!
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