Boiler FAQs
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What is a condensing boiler?

A condensing boiler converts over 90% of the energy used, by using the heat normally pushed out through the flue, therefore it makes more of the fuel it uses to operate, saving you money and helping the environment. With older boilers, as much as 50% was wasted.

 

What is a combi boiler?

Combi is simply short for combination. This system provides hot water on demand as it operates as a central heating boiler and a hot water heater, so there is no need to have a cumbersome hot water tank, it supplies hot water when and where you need it. This means it saves you money and provides water at mains pressure.

 

What is a regular boiler?

This is a boiler that is part of a traditional heating system. It heats the water at specified times, this is linked to various tanks. Storage of hot water is vital to this system, the hot water is there when you want a bath, but it can run out. A lot of room is taken up by tanks which can be problematic in small properties.

 

What is a system boiler?

This is a fast, more economical version of the regular boiler. Similarly, it uses stored hot water, the water is pumped from the boiler straight to the radiators and hot water tank. Many of the components of this system are built-in, so installation is easier, quicker and cheaper.

 

Worcester Greenskies Solar water heating panels

Worcester Greenskies solar panels use the power in both direct and diffused sunlight, converting the energy into heat, to produce hot water for the home. A well-sized system of solar panels could provide up to 60% of your annual hot water requirements. The solar panels are designed to go with existing heating systems that use a cylinder to store hot water.

 

Solar water heating

Solar water heating panels convert the energy from the sun into heat in order to produce hot water for the home. Worcester's Greenskies solar panels systems can provide up to 50-70% of the hot water requirement for your home, providing the system has been well sized. The panels complement existing heating systems that use a regular or system condensing boiler.

 

Ground source heat pumps

Ground source heat pumps use the energy stored in the ground to provide heating and hot water for your home, there's no need for an additional boiler. To see if ground source heat pumps are suitable for your property, use the "Would ground source heat pumps suit my property?" visit www.worcester-bosch.co.uk

There is also Government backed funding available for certain systems, go to www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk for details.