You can improve the way in which your home is heated, just by making some subtle adjustments…
The Best Place to Position Your New Boiler
If you are having a new combi-boiler you might opt to install in the same location as the old one. However, you might be thinking of using up another space in your home and so, you need to consider where in your home is the best location for installing your boiler.
Traditionally, boilers are installed in a location to one of the sources where they will be heating the majority of the water in the home such as the kitchen or bathroom. With the boiler positioned in the bathroom, there are many benefits to this, such as it is positioned in one of the rooms that uses hot water which means the water will heat up quickly. Furthermore, the location is often convenient as it reduces the amount of pipework as the flue can be installed alongside the existing pipework and the condensate pipe could connect to the existing bathroom waste pipe.
Flue and Waste Pipe
The flue and the waste pipe will need to run outside which means that your boiler will need to be positioned away from doors and windows to make this possible. Furthermore, your boiler will also need to be positioned on an external wall or next to one, although your engineer will be able to provide advice and guidance on this.
Bathroom & Kitchen
If your bathroom has enough space to accommodate a boiler, then it could be boxed in to help create additional space for towels, which would be kept warm and cosy for when you come out of the bath or shower. Additionally, the boiler could be housed in an airing cupboard positioned outside of the bathroom which is a common option that’s chosen by many.
The kitchen is another popular place for installing a boiler as this enables it to be located close to many of the appliances that need it such as the washing machine or dishwasher, not forgetting the kitchen taps. Along with this, while most modern boilers are quiet, having your boiler located in the kitchen will ensure that any noise won’t disturb you in any other location in the home.
If your kitchen is too small, then this might mean that it is not a suitable solution. Therefore, a utility room close to the kitchen could then make an ideal location for your boiler.
Another part of the home that could be used to house your boiler is under the stairs, although this might prove impossible if the staircase is not located next to an external wall, while access might prove challenging for an engineer.
Other Areas Of The Home
If the boiler and bathroom are out of the equation and other parts of the home don’t work then you can always opt for the bedroom. While this might not be the most convenient spot, it could be concealed using a wardrobe or a cupboard that is purpose-built to help dampen the noise. Of course, its location within a bedroom would need to be considered, especially if it is located near a bathroom which would help when it comes to extending the waste pipe.
Finally, you could consider the attic or the garage although there are some complications that might arise with these locations.
To begin with, the attic would need to be boarded or have some form of flooring to ensure that access is possible. Furthermore, space is required for any repair work or servicing while it will need adequate lighting and steps or a ladder to access it. Furthermore, if you install it in the attic, you might waste energy as it is located further away from those appliances in the home that use water. Along with this, the attic will need to ensure that it is protected from frost while it needs to be structurally sound so that the walls can handle the weight of the installation.
If you consider installing your boiler in your garage then you will need to make the same considerations as your attic. There is a chance that it will be located far away from the appliances that need it which will result in a loss of energy while pipes could be exposed to freezing temperatures which could lead to leaks.
If you are in a position where you are thinking about installing a new boiler, then you should speak with the experts when it comes to identifying the right location as they will be able to go through your options with you.
So, the areas you can consider are the:
- Airing cupboard
- Utility room
Other possible areas include;
- Under the stairs
Pick the right spot and your boiler will work for you and your circumstances.