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Combination boilers, (more commonly referred to as combi boilers) are often billed as the best kind of boiler to have in your home. But how much truth is in this? Are combi boilers really as fantastic and useful as they’re made out to be? Let’s take a closer look at the advantages, (and maybe even the disadvantages!) of upgrading to a combi boiler in your home.
The main function and advantage of the combi boiler is in its ability to not only heat the water used for your central heating, but to also provide you with instant hot water through your taps at any time. Gone are the days when you needed to plan your bath and turn on the hot water half an hour before; the combi boiler does this for you, at any time, day or night. Due to this, there is no need for the hot water that is created to be stored; meaning you don’t have to have a bulky, ugly hot-water cylinder tucked away in your airing cupboard somewhere; the water is hot ‘on demand’. This is the combi boilers greatest strength.
Another string to the bow of the combi boiler is how fuel efficient it is. Not only that, but because they are now so common place, it is really easy to find the parts needed for them if something was to go wrong; and they are usually reasonably priced. Most energy suppliers offer a reasonable boiler service package where an engineer will visit to assess your boiler and check it is functioning properly, too; so less for you to worry about!
Alongside this, they’re small, compact, and modern. They look nice and neat, and can be tucked away in a garage or loft where they can be accessed when required. They save a lot of space, eliminating the need for cold and hot water storage tanks.
There is, however, one downside to the combi boiler. To get your water to heat up, the boiler needs to access a large amount of cold water. So, if you have several appliances running at once, or have multiple taps and showers on all at the same time, this means that the flow to each of these will be reduced. While this is a definite disadvantage, it’s so minor in comparison to all of the benefits that it’s hardly a concern. Not only that, but the likelihood that you’ll be running everything at once is probably fairly slim, too!
Although a combi boiler can be quite pricey to have installed, they do pay dividends in terms of convenience, and fuel-efficiency. If you can possibly get one installed, you may find it’s more than worth your time and money to arrange.
If you’ve been looking to build a home with small house plans, you may become discouraged by so many bargain-priced mansions for sale. Why should you go through all the trouble of building your home (or having it built) when there are 4,000 square foot mansions for sale so cheaply?
You should still go ahead with buying your house plans for a smaller home and not worry about the bargain you are letting slip by. These days, a huge house costs a fortune to heat, cool and maintain. This is why people are selling these mansions so cheaply. Small houses are what’s selling, not big houses.
Home buyers anxiously watching the economy simply are not buying big homes. Even if you plan to build your home to live in for the rest of your life, small house plans will help you save money on heating your home, cooing your home and finishing and furnishing your home. Who wants to put out the money to build and decorate an extra bedroom these days when it’s not likely to be a room that is used often?
Right now, if you have the means, this a great time to trade up to a larger home but the only people who seem to be doing so have large families or extended families living with them so they really need the room. People who don’t have the means, or don’t want to be stuck with the expense of maintaining a large home, are remodeling and upgrading their smaller homes or adding on an addition for more room.
If you’re buying house plans and building yourself, it’s easy to make a smaller home seem bigger right from the beginning. It’s much more expensive to add on an addition at a later date than it is to maximize the space available right from the start.