Negosentro.com | How Your Household Can Affect Your Boiler Installation | Households across the world vary in their plumbing and boiler size. Plumbers don’t discuss this, as their assessment of your home increases your boiler installation fee. This guide lists some of the top household requirements to consider when selecting your boiler type. Also, consider using a boiler installation online tool to inform this process.
Number of Bathrooms
Checking the number of bathrooms in your household should be at the top of your checklist when selecting a new boiler. Pay close attention to the number of showers and baths, and how frequently you use them at the same time. With this information, you’ll know the amount of water you will need daily, so it shows how big the boiler’s tank needs to be to supply your household. You don’t need to be an engineer to figure out this specification – use a free installation calculator to find your required tank size. Alternatively, check the size of your current boiler tank, factoring in whether you usually have enough hot water to last you the day.
Number of household members
As with the number of bathrooms available, the number of household members can vastly change the requirements of your boiler system. If more people are using hot water, then a larger boiler size is required, for maintaining water pressure and heat at once.
Importantly, if you are a landlord equipping a house, and are considering a rent by room system rather than an entire household renting, then your occupant number could increase from a couple to six-plus! With this change in hot water demand, your boiler requirements will change, resulting in the need for an appropriately specified new boiler installation.
Solar Panels Type
If your household has solar panels, this could be another factor to consider for your boiler installation. While the typical solar panel that we often think of is installed directly into your mains, not affecting plumbing, there is a different type of solar panel that will require plumbing into your boiler installation.
The solar panel type regarding your boiler installation, are solar water heating systems. This system works by heating water in these tubes, which feed into your boiler tank and keep the water heated throughout the day. You’ll know you have this type of system as it appears as tubes arranged on your roof in rows, as opposed to the more typical panels used for electricity.
The primary consideration for this type of solar system is the requirement of a boiler tank within which to store any heated water. Therefore, tankless options, such as combi-boilers, aren’t viable as they don’t hold water before use. If you’re in a sunnier country with a solar water heating system, consider a smaller backup boiler for unusually cold days, whereas if you’re in a country with longer, darker winters, install a larger backup boiler to ensure you have hot water through the winter months.
The Pressure of your Mains
When deciding on the type of boiler installation that’s appropriate to your household, check your water pressure. If you have an old system, or mains pressure is generally slow, then water will trickle out of your taps, especially upstairs. Often, a combi-boiler can drastically improve water pressure, as it uses the pressure directly from the mains. In contrast, regular boilers slow down water pressure through filling a tank and moving it from this tank to the bathrooms in the house. Combi-boiler systems are great for energy efficiency and high water pressure but may struggle with multiple appliances at once. Therefore consider this option for low member households with fewer bathrooms.
The Climate of your Area
Is your household located in a hot or humid climate? If you are struggling through the hot summers that are becoming the norm for most of the world, air conditioning is an excellent alternative to a new boiler. Not only can air conditioning units cool during the heat of summer, but they can also warm rooms through winter. Accompany this unit with a smaller boiler for utilities and appliances, or even consider separate water heaters, with your home heating solely reliant on an AC unit.
Check your Lease
For flats and apartments, the owners of each property are usually bound to certain agreements by a lease. These leases can sometimes concern boilers, depending on the contract terms.
While communal boilers aren’t as standard nowadays, sometimes apartments will have a shared boiler provided to the block in the lease. Therefore, if you are looking to install your own boiler, you may have to pay to alter your lease, or else you could still be monetarily responsible for the communal boiler’s maintenance and replacement.
To find your best option for boiler selection for a flat, inquire with the building owner to see how much altering the lease would cost. Add this to the price of your boiler installation, and weigh this sum up against continued communal boiler maintenance.
So, there we have our guide to the top household factors to check for your next boiler installation. With these points in mind, you’ll be able to find the perfect boiler for your household. Happy hunting!