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Types of boiler

Most households have a boiler installed yet, because it’s not in use all year round, we don’t always think about it. We just assume it will work efficiently year after year. When we do come to use it, we don’t want to be left out in the cold when we need it most. 

Boilers are an essential part of any home, so we can start by looking at each type to better understand what is available to you. 

  • Regular Boilers
  • System Boilers
  • Combi Boilers
  • Biomass Boilers

Fuel types

Depending on the type of boiler you choose and the area in which you live, there are several different types of fuel that each boiler can use. The below gives you a guide to the different types of fuel available:

  • Gas: is a fossil fuel and the most common type of fuel used in homes, although not every home is connected to a gas main. Gas-fueled boilers are more economical than electric.


  • Electric: electric-powered boilers are more efficient than the gas versions, due to less heat loss from waste gases. Although the cost of electricity is higher than that of gas, they are cheaper to install.

  • Oil: boilers that use oil are cheaper to run than gas or electric, but do cost more to buy and install. This type of fuel is less common than gas and will need an additional tank to store the oil - in turn taking up more space. There are two types of oil available: red diesel - also known as 35-second oil or gas oil, and kerosene - also known as 28-second oil or heating oil. Kerosene is considered the more efficient of the two types. Oil-fueled boilers are typically used more in rural areas where there is no access to gas.

  • LPG: these work in a similar way to gas and oil boilers, and will need a storage tank to store the fuel - as you would with oil. LPG boilers cost less to buy than a gas boiler, yet the fuel does cost slightly more - but as LPG burns more efficiently than oil you could end up saving money on your bills.

  • Organic fuel: this is a renewable fuel and is only used in biomass boilers. In a domestic setting, the fuel will most commonly consist of wood pellets or chips and is considered to be carbon-neutral energy - a great option for the eco-conscious.  

You can browse a wide range of boilers and water cylinders at Travis Perkins, to keep the home or office warm and cosy. And don’t forget the boiler controls and accessories, so you can programme the ideal temperature or set a timer with ease.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.