A combination boiler is called a combination boiler because it combines a property’s hot water system with its central heating boiler system, which is a great space saving device for houses where the amount of space is already limited. Because these boilers are able to heat water almost instantaneously from the mains supply, there is also no need for a hot water cylinder or a cold water storage tank, which saves even more space in the property! Combi boilers (as they are also known) are also very energy efficient, meaning that they can help to save their users’ money on their energy bills, as well as reducing their carbon footprint. The best thing is that improvements in boiler technology mean that combi boilers are now even “smarter” than ever before.
With a good combi boiler system, you can either set a timer on the central heating system which means that it will only start heating rooms at the times when you want them to be heated, or you can advise the boiler to start heating rooms when the temperature in the rooms drops below a pre-determined temperature. Setting a timer means that you can save money by not heating rooms when they will not be in use, but it also allows you to have the opportunity to begin heating the room automatically just before it will be used, so that the room will be at a desirable temperature by the time you enter it! This means you can set your central heating to come on just before you get up in the morning (which will make getting out from under the duvet that little bit easier!) or you can set it to come on just before you get home from work, so that the house will be warm when you enter. You can also set the boiler to switch the central heating off just after you have gone out, or whilst you are asleep in bed.
If you choose to heat your rooms whenever they drop below a certain pre-set temperature, a thermostat in the room will monitor the temperature in the room, and it will send a signal to the combi boiler to start heating the room when the temperature drops below the predetermined level. Conversely, when the thermostat detects that the temperature in the room has risen back above the determined temperature for a stable amount of time, it will send a signal to the boiler to stop heating the room. This is a very energy efficient method of heating, which prevents large amounts of energy from being wasted, whilst preventing the room from being overheated. Of course, if you are still feeling cold, you can always manually change the temperature of the radiators at individual parts of the system.
Control valves inside the boiler system mean that if hot water is required elsewhere in the house (like the hot tap or the shower), the combi boiler system is able to divert water to the hot tap instead of pumping hot water through the central heating system.
Combi boiler systems are great for smaller homes or flats. The technology in combi boilers systems makes them really energy efficient. You can click here for more information.