Combi boiler

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Today’s boilers are far more efficient than older models and could save you money on your energy bills.

They use condensing technology, which recycles heat in the boiler’s exhaust gases to pre-heat cold water entering the boiler. This means they use fuel more efficiently and less heat is wasted through the boiler’s flue.

There are three main types of boiler and it’s important to pick the one that’s best for your home and needs.

The combination or combi boiler as it’s usually known, takes water directly from your mains supply and heats it up when you turn on your tap.

It can provide limitless hot water when you need it. However it can struggle to maintain a steady flow if multiple hot water taps are running at the same time.

Another option is the conventional boiler. It’s usually connected to a more traditional central heating system where the water is heated and stored in a hot water cylinder.

It can deliver hot water to multiple taps at once, making it a good choice for larger homes with more than one bathroom.

A system boiler works in a similar way to a conventional boiler, but comes with some key components built-in. It’s a great for homeowners after a bit of extra space.

Making the right choice is important, so one of our Heating Advisors will visit your home to help work out which boiler options is best for you.

They’ll carry out a survey of your home to asses your heating needs and give you a quote. If you’re happy with our quote, they can arrange an installation date that’s convenient for you.

Take a look through our website to learn more about our boilers.

You can get an estimate online or book an appointment with a Heating Adviser.

If you’re thinking about changing your boiler, it’s important to know the different types and how they work.

There are three main types of boiler to choose from:

If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of getting a new boiler or arrange a home assessment, book an appointment online now.

Types of boilers

Combi boilers

  • Get limitless hot water on demand.
  • No need for a cold water tank or hot water cylinder.
  • Ideal for smaller houses and apartments.

Combi boilers in more detail

Combi boiler

Conventional boilers

  • Can deliver hot water to multiple taps at once.
  • Includes a cold water tank and a hot water cylinder.
  • Ideal for larger homes with more than one bathroom.

Conventional boilers in more detail

Conventional boiler

System boilers

  • Similar to a conventional boiler.
  • Many key components are built into the boiler unit.
  • Ideal for larger homes looking to save space.

System boilers in more detail

System boiler

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Your home is left clean and safe

Our Engineers leave your home neat and tidy and will arrange the safe disposal of all waste.

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This offer includes HomeCare 200™ which provides service and repair for your boiler, controls and central heating system for one year.

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8 out of 10


Haywards Heath
Very helpful under difficult circumstances (we are an elderly disabled couple who had just moved into our new home where a gas leak was found).
Because the leak was in a pipe buried somewhere under concrete the best thing to do was to have a new boiler installed and by-pass the leak.
This was done after only a few days and we were given an electric fan heater to help us keep warm.
Published on: 27 March 2015
4 out of 10


Sales guy got it all wrong. Costs are excessive for parts and installation. New controller over£120 and was from the 70's. The style not discussed. Wrong boiler delivered and lucky installation guy dropped in night before or we would have been delayed. Overall, too expensive and poor sales.
Published on: 26 March 2015
10 out of 10


Very happy with service provided from start to finish. Process went as described , installation engineer was excellent , overall very slick and professional had return visit from engineer as promised to ensure all was operational and to my satisfaction.
Published on: 26 March 2015