Regular Boilers

Regular Boilers Matty July 7, 2022
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What does a regular boiler do?

If you live in a large home, you have multiple bathrooms, or you have a high hot water demand, then a regular boiler could be the answer for you.

Regular boilers are also known as heat only, open vent, or conventional boilers.

Regular Boilers

Other than a back boiler, the regular boiler is the oldest boiler type on the market. This is why they are also known as traditional or conventional boilers.

Regular boilers require a cold water tank in the attic, in addition to a hot water storage cylinder, usually in an airing cupboard. Due to the space these tanks take up, the combi boiler has become the preferred choice of boiler type in the U.K.

If your home is short of space, or you would like to convert your loft space, then having a regular boiler would be less desirable than a combi. Combi boilers work by heating water directly from the mains water supply, they also supply the central heating and hot water from one compact unit.

If you have a high hot water demand in your home and you would like to be able to supply hot water to two bathrooms at the same time then this is where you might prefer a regular boiler. As the water is preheated and stored in a tank, there is plenty of hot water to use and there is no loss of pressure. However, when the stored water is used up, you’ll have to wait hours for the tank to be refilled with hot water or risk having a tepid bath!

Unlike a combi boiler which heats water on demand, a regular boiler stores the hot water. While this hot water is stored there is inevitably some heat loss that occurs, making regular boilers less energy-efficient.

Most homes in the U.K choose to have a combi boiler fitted, you can choose to convert your regular boiler to a combi boiler when you complete the WarmZilla online survey to get your boiler quote. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll be given a selection of boilers to suit your home.

Regular boilers work slightly differently from a combi boiler. Rather than heating water directly from the mains water feed as is the case with combi boilers, a regular boiler will have a large cold water storage tank (usually in the attic or loft) where it will receive water from the mains supply.

The cold water feeds down from the attic or loft into the boiler where it is heated by the boiler’s heat exchanger and then pumped to a hot water cylinder, where it is stored ready for use.

A regular boiler is similar to a system boiler in that they both heat and store hot water in a cylinder ready for use. However, a system boiler doesn’t have a cold water tank in the loft, instead, it heats water directly from the mains as a combi boiler does.

If you aren’t sure what type of boiler system you have, we’ve covered it in one of our helpful blogs. You’ll need to know what your current system is if you’re planning on replacing it.

Any regular boiler sold by WarmZilla comes with Gas Safe installation, system filter, system cleanse, inhibitor, smart thermostat, up to 12 years guarantee, any flues or extension kits you may need; plus, if your condensate or gas pipes require upgrading – that’s included in your fixed price regular boiler quote too!

You can choose to change your regular boiler to a combi boiler or replace your regular boiler with another regular boiler using the WarmZilla online survey.

You can also add thermostatic radiator valves and radiators to your order – all your heating requirements with one easy online purchase.

What regular boiler you need for your home depends on a few factors – how much you want to spend, what brand of boiler you like, the setup of your current boiler, and the size of your home.

Regular boilers usually run on natural gas or oil. Some regular boilers will be solar compatible but you will need to check for each boiler.

If you don’t want to do any research on buying a new boiler, the good news is, you don’t have to. Just take the WarmZilla survey, answer a few simple questions about your home and we’ll recommend suitable regular boilers from brands you can trust.

If you like to do a bit of boiler research before you buy then you’re in the right place. You can use our boiler comparison tool to compare up to three regular boilers against each other in a head-to-head showdown to see which one has the stats you’re looking for.

Regular boiler prices vary by brand, kW model, what kind of flue you need, whether you need a gas pipe upgrade and more.

We’ve covered everything you will need to know in our new boiler cost guide blog. Giving you all the info on the costs involved in getting a new regular boiler installed and all the extras you get with a WarmZilla boiler.

Regular boiler prices from WarmZilla start at £1649 for a Worcester Bosch 12Ri, a very reliable boiler from a very reliable brand. You can also pick up an Ideal Logic Heat 15kW boiler for the same price (£1649).

WarmZilla offers the best boiler prices on the market, guaranteed. Or we’ll give you £50 off your order.


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