The Advantages and Disadvantages to Fitting a Regular LPG Boiler

Regular boilers are also known as conventional or heat only boilers. They’re one of the oldest types of boiler and are very common.

If you’re trying to pick a new boiler, consider installing a regular LPG boiler. LPG (liquid petroleum gas) is a common heating fuel and a popular alternative to mains gas.

Read on to find out and bit more about the advantages and disadvantages of regular LPG boilers.

The advantages of a regular LPG boiler

LPG can be cheaper and more eco-friendly than other fuels

LPG can be a great fuel to use to heat your home. You can’t get it through a mains supply, like gas or electricity. Instead, you’ll have to buy it in bulk and store it in a tank outside your property.

Lots of people choose to use LPG because it’s usually cheaper than electricity or coal and produces less carbon dioxide than heating oil.

Regular boilers can supply hot water to multiple outlets

One of the main reasons why regular boilers are popular is because they can supply hot water to multiple outlets without a drop in water pressure. This is due to the fact that they heat water up and store it in advance. So if you have a large or busy home where everyone wants to use hot water at the same time, a regular LPG boiler might be for you.

Regular boilers are similar to older heating systems

Another advantage to regular boilers is that they’re similar to older heating systems. This is because they have most of the same components. So if you have an older property and are trying to replace the boiler, a regular boiler might be your best option.

The disadvantages of a regular LPG boiler

LPG regular boilers are bulky

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a relatively compact boiler, a regular boiler probably isn’t for you. Regular boilers are one of the largest types of boiler, as they need both a cold water tank and a hot water cylinder. Plus, if you’re using LPG as a fuel, you’ll need space outside your home to store it.

Regular boilers only heat water in advance

Another downside to regular boilers is that they only heat water in advance. This is fine if you’re organised or have a fairly regular routine – just program your boiler to start heating water a little while before you need it. But if you want hot water at different times or use the whole tank up, you might have to wait a while before you can get a hot shower.

Regular boilers are less efficient than combi boilers

People also avoid installing regular boilers because of their lower efficiency level. Because they heat water and store it in advance, some heat is lost or wasted. Combi boilers, on the other hand, only heat hot water on demand. So if you want a boiler with a high efficiency rate, a regular LPG boiler probably isn’t for you.

So regular LPG boilers have both advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to install one, you can use our service to find a reliable boiler engineer. Click ‘Start my project’, complete our online form and we’ll find you up to 4 local professionals.

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Advantages and disadvantages
  • LPG can be cheaper and more eco-friendly than other fuels
  • Regular boiler can supply hot water to multiple outlets
  • Regular boilers are similar to older heating systems
  • Regular boilers can be bulky
  • Regular boilers only heat water in advance
  • Regular boilers are less efficient than combi boilers