Why choose an Oil Boiler
Oil boilers are normally found in homes that aren’t connected to the gas grid or network. In fact there are approximately 4 million households in the UK already using an oil boiler and can generally be found in more rural locations, due to a lack of connectivity to the gas grid.
How do Oil Boilers work
Oil boilers operate in the same way as boilers of other fuel types. The oil is set alight, and a heat exchanger warms up cold water from either your mains pipe or a storage tank. The boiler pumps the hot water through radiators to heat up the room, or to a storage tank if you have a conventional or system boiler. When needed, the hot water moves to your shower and taps of your bathroom.
How do Oil Boilers differ from traditional boilers
The big difference with other fuel type boilers is that an oil fired boiler requires an oil supply. An external storage tank holds this oil and regular deliveries are necessary. Standard heating oil tanks are able to hold enough to heat a house for 6 to 9 months. Any tanks larger than 3,500 litres must comply with building regulations and be handled by professionals.
Oil boilers also come in the 3 types of combi, conventional, and system boilers. Oil combi boilers have its own hot water storage tank built in, as opposed to the external components required for the conventional and system boilers.
Eco friendly Oil Boilers
Most oil boilers use 28sec oil, known as kerosene, which burns much cleaner compared to 35sec oil. A recent, growing trend is bio-heating oil produced from vegetable oils.
Benefits of an Oil Boiler
If your home does not have a connection to the gas network, oil is one of the most efficient fuels you can use for central heating. Oil boilers are usually very efficient, with ratings of 90% or more. Modern oil condensing boilers recycle waste flue gases, increasing efficiency even more.
However, similar to gas, oil is susceptible to price hikes, meaning you could be buying oil when prices are high. Also, you have a limited amount of oil, requiring regular deliveries. This could potentially cause problems if you run out of oil and must wait for a delivery to arrive. Oil boilers tend to have a weaker flow of hot water than a gas combi or cylinder boiler, and the temperature will decrease as you use more water.
Buying the right Oil Boiler for you
If your house does not have a gas connection, an oil boiler might be the solution for your heating needs. The high efficiency of oil boilers will potentially save you money compared to other non-gas central heating systems. Our boiler engineers can advise you as to your options and the most suitable Oil Boiler based on your needs, budget and location. We are happy to arrange for one of our an expert surveyors to visit your home and chat through your available options.