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Best Boilers to Buy in 2014

Another year brings with it a renewed requirement to catch-up with the latest developments. This affects all industries, particularly those where innovation and technological advancements are more frequent. The heating and ventilation industry certainly falls into the latter and is renowned for its constant evolution.

Constant developments mean the boilers models that are available change fairly frequently. Keeping up can sometimes feel impossible! So what is the best boiler for 2014 and what should you be looking for when buying a new boiler appliance? We look to discuss this a little more below.

What should people be looking for in a good boiler in 2014?

Technology has come a long way in a relatively short space of time, none more so than with boilers. Here’s what you should be considering when buying a new boiler in 2014.

  • Energy Efficiencyfree-delivery-boilers
    Almost all boilers manufactured today are ‘condensing boilers’ – this means they have been built with the ability to make better use of the heat energy that was previously wasted. Condensing boilers are therefore produced as standard and offer fantastic performance levels in terms of efficiency, helping to make the cost of your monthly heating bills a lot more manageable.Boilers are assessed in terms of their efficiency against a SEDBUK rating system, with G being the most inefficient and A being the most efficient. Almost all boilers are now A-rated as standard and to put this in terms of how much you can save you are looking at a £300 annual reduction from your energy bills if moving from a G to an A rated Combi boiler model.
  • Power (Flowrate & Heating Output)
    The most important thing for you is to find a boiler that has the appropriate power to fuel your home’s heating and hot water. There’s no point having a boiler that struggles to deal with the high demand you have for hot water & heating and, likewise, there’s no point investing in an expensive all-singing –and-dancing boiler that can do way more than it ever needs to.We recommend discussing your requirements in terms of central heating output and hot water flowrate with a qualified heating engineer before placing your order, but we provide a general overview of the type of boilers you may be looking at further down the page.
  • Warranty
    The very best boiler manufacturers in the UK tend to offer attractive warranty periods. The reason for this? As well as wanting to offer great customer service, most manufacturers of boilers in the UK are confident that their boilers have been built to last. Investing in a new boiler from 1 of the big manufacturers can prove beneficial, as you know that you will be getting a boiler model that will work problem free for the long term. If your boiler does ever develop a fault you can remain calm in the knowledge that you are covered by a parts & labour warranty.At Direct Heating Supplies we only sell quality cheap boilers from the top manufacturers within the heating industry, with Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Ideal, Baxi and Glow-Worm proving popular sellers. Keep an eye out for the best boiler warranty deals – the peace of mind it offers can prove invaluable. At the moment you can enjoy warranty periods of 5 years on Vaillant and Worcester combi boilers and 7 years on specific Ideal boiler models!
  • Stcdi-classic reviewreamlined Size
    With space in most UK properties often at a premium, manufacturers are increasingly keen to produce boilers that not only offer premium levels of heating & hot water, but also meet the requirements of their owners by producing neat & compact appliances that can fit conveniently into most homes.Technological advancements make this more possible than ever before, with Worcester’s ‘Compact‘ boiler models and Ideal’s ‘i Mini’ series proving 2 popular examples of this. If you have limited space, then it is worth looking out for these slimline models.If space is something you need to consider when buying a new boiler, then why not search our available boilers using the filters on the left hand side of our boiler page. Alternatively please ask our sales team for more details who will be happy to oblige.

What will be the Popular Boiler Models for 2014?

vaillant-boilersThe main manufacturers in 2013 will continue to be the biggest sellers in the UK across 2014.

At Direct Heating Supplies we sell a large number of Worcester and Vaillant Boiler models. With strong warranty periods and boilers with varying heating outputs & hot water flowrates available, most customers find it easy to identify which boiler will suit their requirements. However the boilers we sell from brand such as Ideal, Glowworm, Potterton and Baxi continue to be big sellers and often come in a little bit cheaper too.

The table below looks to give a good overview of the types of Combi boilers that we think will be popular purchases in 2014. We have listed them based on their suitability for various property sizes. Click the links below to jump to the relevant part of the page

Note: If you have a regular or system boiler (that using a hot water cylinder or tanks) then we recommend that you seek a boiler recommendation from your installer first, as exact requirements can differ wildly depending on your properties existing setup.


wocester-warranty-imageLarge Properties

If you have a larger property with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms then you are likely to have a higher demand for hot water and heating.

You therefore require a boiler that can deal with this high demand in an efficient and reliable manner.

Take a look at some of the popular boilers for larger properties below:

Boiler name Product number Heating Output Flowrate (litres per minute)
Worcester Greenstar 38CDi 7738100222 30kW 16.4
Worcester Greenstar 42CDi 7713331019 30kW 17.2
Vaillant ecoTEC Exclusive 832 10002668 27Kw 9.4
Vaillant ecoTEC Exclusive 838 10002669 37.2 15.2
Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 937 0010011691 37Kw 15.2
Ideal Logic Plus 35 HE 100422 35kW 14.5

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vaillant-boiler-warranty-v1Medium Sized Properties

if you have a property with 2-3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (maybe an ensuite) then you will probably have a moderate requirement for heating & hot water.

Take a look at the popular boilers below for medium sized properties:

Boiler name Product number Heating Output Flowrate (litres per minute)
Worcester Greenstar 30Si 7716130140 24kW 12.3
Worcester Greenstar 28CDi Compact 7716130234 24kW 11.4
Worcester Greenstar 32CDi Compact 7716130235 24kW 13.1
Worcester Greenstar 36CDi Compact 7716130236 24kW 14.7
Worcester Greenstar 29CDi 7738100216 30kW 12.3
Worcester Greenstar 34CDi 7738100218 30kW 14.3
Vaillant EcoTec Plus 831 0010011686 24kW 12.7
Vaillant EcoTec Plus 837 Product number 28kW 15.2
Ideal Logic Plus 30 HE 204874 24.2KW 12.4

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Small Properties

If you have a smaller property such as a 1 bedroom home with 1 bathroom, then you do not need a high-spec boiler to deal with the demand. It is much more efficient and cost effective to have a boiler that can provide the necessary level of heating & hot water.

Take a look at the combi boilers below that are popular for smaller houses, flats & apartments:

Boiler name Product number Heating Output Flowrate (litres per minute)
Worcester Greenstar 24i Junior 7716130148 24kW 9.8
Worcester Greenstar 28i Junior 7716130142 24kW 11.4
Worcester Greenstar 25Si Compact 7716130139 24kW 10.2
Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 24 Combi Boiler 0010011689 24kW 9.4
Vaillant ecoTEC Pro 28 Combi Boiler 0010011690 28kW 11.5
Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 824 Combi Boiler Natural Gas 0010011685 24kW 9.4
Ideal Logic Plus 24 HE Combi Boiler  123174 24KW 9.9

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