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Choosing the right boiler for your home is an important decision. The right boiler can save homeowners money on their energy bills, while providing a comfortable and warm home environment. However, the extensive range of boilers existing in the market often confuses shoppers. In this article we will review some of the market's best open-vent boilers.
A large percentage of boilers installed in British homes are open vent. This presents an advantage in terms of replacing old or damaged boilers. An open-vent boiler also allows homeowners to draw hot water from multiple outlets at the time, even if they are large appliances, like a washing machine and a dishwasher.
Boilers with a 12kW output are usually compact enough to fit in a kitchen's cupboard. SEDBUK (which stands for Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) has approved a 12kW open-vent boiler model with an efficiency rating of over 90 per cent. SEDBUK- approved boilers are built to the highest standards, giving buyers peace of mind and a service guarantee.
Recommended manufacturers for this output range include Baxi, which has been a market leader since 1866. Baxi's Solo 15kW open vent boiler comes with a 5 year guarantee and a 91.3 per cent efficiency rating, thanks to its energy modulating features, which only release the amount of heat that is required. Baxi Solo's boilers are safe to use in your family home, as they include a fire protection feature.
The best boilers in this output range are manufactured by Vaillant, the number one heating manufacturer in Britain. A recommended model is Vaillant's Ecotec Plus 418. This boiler has a SEDBUK efficiency rate of 90.5 per cent and comes with a 2 year guarantee. In addition to being highly efficient, Ecotec Plus boilers are stylish and compact. This model also features a useful frost protection system, which makes it an ideal product for British homes in the North.
British manufacturer Potterton is an established brand in the heating equipment market. Potterton received four Best Buy awards as proof of the quality and reliability of its products. A recommended boiler model in the 24kW range is Potterton's Promax 24kW SL. Despite its powerful output, this boiler is surprisingly small and compact, as it is part of the brand's slim-line range. The Promax 24kW SL is also recommended by the British Energy Saving Trust, given its zero emissions design.
Vaillant's Ecotec Plus 438 is one of the most powerful boilers in the market. This boiler received Which? Magazine's Best Buy award in 2011, as it combines maximum efficiency with ease of use and great design.