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Oil Boilers

Oil Boilers

If you are not connected to mains gas, oil central heating is worth considering.

Modern oil-fired boilers can be highly efficient and manufacturers claim operating efficiencies of up to 95%. As with gas boilers, condensing boilers are likely to offer the greatest efficiency. You can check how a boiler rates by visiting the SEDBUK website, but it is worth noting that non-condensing boilers have their rating capped at 85.7% for the purposes of the SEDBUK database, even if test results have shown an efficiency above this. For more information you are recommended to speak to a reputable boiler manufacturer or installer.

Oil-fired combination boilers are also available, providing hot water on demand without the need for a hot water tank. However, it is fair to say that they are a bit slower to provide hot water than some gas combi boilers, and that they are not always recommended except for smaller households.

Oil boilers are available with both balanced flues (where the air for combustion is drawn in through a pipe concentric with the extract flue) and with open flues, where the air for combustion is drawn from the room in which the boiler is sited.

A modern high-efficiency oil system can provide an environmentally acceptable alternative, especially for homes that are not connected to the gas main. As with all heating systems, regular servicing will help the boiler burn more cleanly and efficiently, and it is important to match all boilers to modern central heating controls.