How to find the right boiler for your home

If you’ve noticed that your heating system isn’t as reliable as it used to be, it’s not working as efficiently, or you’re having to shell out for new parts when you get it serviced annually, then it could be time you invested in a new boiler. But which one is right for you? Here’s a few tips on how to find the right boiler for your home so that you can buy with confidence. New boilers are expensive so you need to make sure you get the right one that suits your home and the people who live in it.

Do you need a combi boiler, or a system boiler?

A combi (combination) boiler is a compact and flexible heating system that provides you with both heat for radiators and hot water on demand, and are the most popular systems in place. They are great for small properties where space is a premium and they work very efficiently. A system boiler on the other hand will allow you to run hot water from more than one tap at a time, making it the more efficient option for larger households with more people living in them. These are easy to fit and install and very economical to run.

How many in your household?

Think about how many people live in your house and how much water they use. If you have people trying to get ready at the same time in the morning, with more than one shower or bath running, plus a need for heating multiple bedrooms and living rooms then a combi boiler will not be the right boiler for your home, as you will lose too much pressure in the water. A system boiler will provide you with a more reliable and comfortable solution to heating your home.

Energy efficiency

Consider the energy rating of any appliance you buy, but especially for a large and expensive purchase like a boiler where you will see significant savings over the long term with a higher energy efficiency rating. Buy the highest rated appliance that you can afford to see fuel economy savings and a better return on investment.


Cost is obviously a hugely important factor to consider when buying a new boiler. Our advice would be to buy the best you can afford, if you intend to stay in your house for a long time. Bear in mind that there will also be fitting and installation costs which can be hundreds of euros depending on how long the installation takes, however this isn’t a task you can carry out yourself as you need an experienced professional to handle this type of work for you.

Once your new boiler is installed and working, don’t forget to top up your home heating oil. You can get a cheap quote for oil from us any time using our easy online form.

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