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Boilers & controls

Rebecca Foster reveals what you need to know when it comes to choosing a central heating setup for your home

While a growing number of self-builders and renovators are turning to renewable solutions, the conventional boiler remains the preferred way to heat most homes. Not only is it a familiar, user-friendly option, but modern versions can be super-efficient and cost-effective, too.

The key to getting the most out of your new unit is to team the right boiler with a powerful control system. This will allow you to create a tailored heating arrangement that basically means you’re only generating as much heat as you need. So how do you know what kind of boiler will suit your home and what features should you look out for when buying the control system?

Specifying your appliance

Choosing the right boiler for your house comes down to your domestic hot water and space heating demands, plus the size and thermal efficiency of your property. A range of output options is available, and it’s vital to identify the best size for your dwelling – specify one that’s too small, for instance, and it’ll struggle to keep up with demand. Install one that’s too large and you run the risk of generating too much heat, wasting both energy and money in the process.

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The October edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!
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