High efficiency, cost savings, and convenience are generally three key features when shopping for a new boiler or water heater. Both units play a big role in day-to-day life, which makes the right investment important. Why not invest in a two-in-one option?
Convertible Heating and Air Conditioning in Toronto is a professional HVAC company. They share more about their combination boilers and why they’re a good idea for some homeowners.
What is a combination boiler?
Also known as combi-boilers, these units provide both hot water and central heating. Despite being a combination, the unit itself is just as highly efficient to run. It’s equipped with two separate heating exchanges, one for the hot water and one for central heating. The unit also has sensors inside that act as signals to heat the water or provide heat to the house.
Pro: compact size
Similar to hot water on demand heaters, the combi-boiler is a much more compact unit. One main benefit of a combi-boiler is that it takes up one space instead of two. That is the perfect way for smaller homes or families to ensure convenience and efficiency are still guaranteed. The unit can be stored wherever it is convenient, such as wall-hung or on the floor. If space is limited, wall-hung are great out-of-the-way options without being visually distracting or dominating.
Pro: safer and efficient
ENERGY STAR-certified combi-boilers have a fuel efficiency rating upwards of 95%. That not only makes the unit eco-friendly, it also means greater savings over its 15-year lifespan. Without a physical tank holding the water, combi-boilers are also safer. There’s no risk of sediment build-up or burst pipes causing health or home damage. The heat exchangers in the unit also limit lost heat as in other boilers, reducing carbon monoxide emissions.
Con: no doubling up
If you live in a larger home or have a higher demand for hot water, a combi-boiler may run into issues. This type of boiler can’t support multiple showers or baths running at the same time. The sensors built into it can only separately heat water or provide heat. Without a tank, hot water is also limited and might not meet the demand for larger families. It’s important to check the water pressure at the water main as that decides the unit’s own pressure power.
Con: no backup water
Separate hot water tanks come with an immersion heater installed onto the top of the unit. The heater acts as a backup means of still producing hot water even in the case of an emergency. In a combi-boiler, there is no immersion heater. If the coils in the unit or boiler break, there won’t be heat or hot water until the unit is repaired.
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As a family-owned HVAC company, Convertible Heating and Air Conditioning strive for safety and peace of mind at all times. They ensure their services are high-quality and that each project gets a custom solution. Keeping your home comfortable and safe year-round is their goal and guarantee.