Nowadays, most especially in the United Kingdom, building regulations skew more towards safer, more efficient, and more sustainable ways by which to deploy utilities like water, power, and heat within living spaces. In which case, one of the key things that many homeowners in the UK need to take into consideration is that of getting a standards-compliant boiler for the home.

Combi boilers, in particular, are gaining favour among builders and homeowners because these take up less space than conventional boilers, leave less of a carbon footprint, and – in the case of newer models – are equipped to make the switch from natural gas to hydrogen in another few years.

Combi Boiler as a Great Alternative

For homes without space for an oil or gas tank, one other option is the electric combi boiler which works on the same principles, but takes up considerably less space and is also safer and more sustainable as it doesn’t release potentially toxic emissions into the atmosphere.

These are just the thing to suit the heating and hot water needs of smaller homes such as apartments or bungalows that may not have enough space for a separate water tank. Combi boilers connect directly to municipal or community water mains, so there is no need for a tank and you get the benefits of a hot shower at standard pressure. The downside, of course, is that water pressure decreases considerably if you have multiple taps on all at once; but this is a relatively minor issue.

So, how much does one cost, and are there any perks you can get when you purchase and install a combi boiler into your home?

Practical Considerations

On average, purchasing a brand new oil- or gas-powered combi boiler will set you back by £500 to £2,000, depending on the brand, make, and capacity of the one you have in mind.

Because these combi boilers are made to be more compact in terms of size (you can actually fit one into a cabinet in the kitchen or utility room), they are considerably cheaper than the next ideal product which would be the condensing boiler (cost pegged at £1,300 to £2,500.)

But since today’s combi boilers are already equipped with condensing technology, why would you even consider anything else?

Since we mentioned the electric combi boiler earlier in this article, the price may come as a bit of a shock: it can set you back by £1,500 to £4,500, but it is so much safer to operate and easier to maintain that you may find the money well spent in the long run.

Take note, however, that the values presented above are the cost of just the boiler itself. Depending on where you purchase your boiler, there may be additional charges with regard to installation as well as periodic maintenance. In which case, then perhaps you may need to take out a boiler cover plan with your purchase.

It should be noted at this point that the purchase of a boiler for one’s home falls under the UK’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which aims to improve the efficiency of heating systems in low-income households through the provision of a new boiler. Check with the government’s online energy grants calculator to see if you qualify.