When looking into installing a boiler for your home it can get confusing – there are a few to choose from and it’s hard to know which best suits your property.

We have created this blog to help you understand the main differences, the pros and cons and suitability of each boiler option. Hopefully this will make the decision-making-process a little easier for you!


So, what are your options?

Mains Gas Boiler

  •  A mains gas boiler is a standard boiler which is connected to the main grid which supplies natural gas.
  • These boilers are usually only available in towns and cities as they are able to be connected to ‘the grid’.

Combination Boiler

A combination boiler simply means the boiler installed can provide central heating and hot water from the same unit so there is no need for a separate water cylinder to be installed, saving space in your home.

Combination boilers are available in mains gas, LPG and oil boilers.

LPG & Oil Boilers

Natural gas is one of the most affordable and environmentally friendly ways to heat your home. However, if your home is in a more rural or remote area it is harder to be connected to the main grid that supplies it.

That’s where LPG and oil boilers come in!

What is LPG?

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is the fuel used to run an LPG boiler as an alternative to natural gas.

LPG Vs Oil Boilers

LPG and oil are efficient fuel sources for your central heating system, here are the differences between the two:

LPG Boilers

  • LPG is a cleaner alternative to oil in terms of maintenance and servicing tanks, this gas produces less by-products such as soot.
  • Registered gas engineers are easier to find due to the popularity of gas in the UK.
  • These boilers are cheaper to install compared to oil boilers as they are almost identical to a mains gas boiler.
  • LPG is delivered in cans to your property.
  • LPG is a friendly fossil fuel creating low carbon emissions.
  • LPG can supply fuel to your hob/oven whereas oil will only fuel the boiler itself.

Oil Boilers

  • An oil boiler is a financially viable way of heating your home, it is a particularly good option for small properties such as cottages.
  • Oil is delivered in tanks to your property, you will need a storage tank for surplus oil. The size of this tank depends on the size of your property.
  • Your oil boiler can be installed internally or externally, whatever suits you best.
  • At Chaps we have OFTEC qualified engineers so you won’t have to worry about the lack of oil engineers out there.

To conclude, there are many options you can go for, weigh up the pros and cons and this will help you with your decision.

For more information regarding boiler installations and annual boiler services give Chaps a call on 01491 571 743 or contact us here.