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Why choose a combi boiler

Why choose a combi boiler

Here at Heating and Plumbing Engineer (HPE), we understand the important decisions, and considerations that go with purchasing a new boiler. A new boiler is an investment, so you want to make sure you make the right choice! HPE are always happy to advise customers on their new boiler considerations, if some extra support is needed!

HPE supply and fit new boilers in East Kilbride, Glasgow, Bothwell and their surrounding areas. We also provide all new boilers with between 5-10 years warranty!

Combi boilers have become a popular choice for people's new boiler. To see if this is the new boiler you need, please read on!

Why a combi boiler?


A popular reason for installing a combi boiler, is due to available space. Unlike traditional boilers, your new combi boiler will not require a water tank. This leaves you with a lot more free space in your loft, or airing cupboard. This can be especially important to those living in small houses, or flats, where space can be troublesome.

You will obviously need some space for your new boiler. However, combi-boilers are generally a lot smaller than traditional systems, so a lot less space is required.

Lower energy bills

With traditional boilers, hot water is typically produced twice a day- irrespective of it being used, or not. To produce this hot water, the boiler needs to fire up. However, if the water doesn’t get used, it just cools back down. This is a waste of energy! Combi boilers, on the other hand, only produces the hot water when it is needed- so, when you turn on your shower, or tap. This provides many people with considerable energy savings, and thus, lower bills.


Older boilers tend to be lower efficiency. This can vary depending on the age, but it will be significantly lower than a new boiler. New boilers have 90% efficiency. So, you may want to consider installing a new boiler, if your current one is old. Long-term the increased efficiency will make the initial costs worthwhile.

Typically, a boiler’s lifetime is from 15-20 years- though it is likely to need some maintenance, before it's end. An annual service will help keep your boiler working smoothly. So if you do not want to be getting a new boiler unnecessarily, make sure you keep up-to-date with your annual boiler services! After all, any small repairs or work that need to be done, will be considerably cheaper, than investing in a new boiler!

When you only ever have fairly small water demands, at one time, combi boilers are ideal. However, if you need hot water feeds simultaneously in more than one outlet- like, for example, you want to run two baths in your household, in the evening, then a combi boiler would not be appropriate. If this is the case, your new boiler should be either a system, or regular boiler - these are more suitable to your needs.

Need a new boiler in East Kilbride?

Are you considering getting a new boiler? Perhaps you’ve just bought a new house, or your current boiler is breaking? Or maybe your boiler is getting old, and you can see yourself needing a new boiler in the foreseeable future.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, and you live in areas surrounding East Kilbride, then please contact us! We will happily advise whether your new boiler should be a combi boiler, and discuss all your new boiler options with you!