Guide to oil Boilers by wilson heating

Serving AberdeeN AND SURROUNDING AREA for over 17 years

Specialists in all aspects of heating work. With a host of accreditations we are the company you can trust.

contact our team with any questions you may have

request a free quote

Guide To Oil Boilers

Gas boilers are found in most homes throughout the United Kingdom. However, there are still around four-million households throughout the UK that are not connected to gas, meaning they are unable to use this to power their heating system. If you fall into this category, an oil boiler may be the best choice for you. In this guide, we are going to take a look at oil boilers in further detail, explaining how they work, as well as giving you an insight into the pros and cons associated with them.

How does an oil boiler work?

Before we can take a look at the advantages and disadvantages associated with oil boilers, it is vital to have an understanding of how these sorts of boilers work. In principle, an oil boiler operates in the same basic manner as a gas boiler does, meaning the oil is used to create hot water. The water will then be pumped to the radiators around the property. This will create warmth, heating up the home. It will also heat the hot water in the taps you have in both the bathroom and the kitchen. Of course, the key difference between the two boilers is that oil is used in order for the boiler to function. This must be delivered to the property, and it will need to be stored in the tank until it is required.

What are the pros and cons associated with installing an oil boiler?

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what an oil boiler is and how it functions, so let’s take a look at the pros and the cons in further detail.

Advantages of oil boilers

There are a number of benefits associated with choosing an oil boiler, including:

  • They are easy to maintain – One of the main reasons why oil boilers are popular is because they are easy to maintain. They offer high levels of reliability and the highest efficiency. Because of this, the overall lifespan of an oil boiler is higher and it demands less maintenance. You will still need to get an annual service, though.
  • Internal and external benefits – One of the key benefits associated with this type of boiler is that it can be either external or internal. Plus, you will get the exact level of efficiency if you go down the outdoor route. This means that you can easily place your boiler either inside or outside of your home depending on the space that is available.
  • High levels of efficiency – It goes without saying that efficiency is one of the most critical factors that anyone will be looking for when choosing a boiler. After all, you do not want to spend more on energy than is required. You will be pleased to know that oil boilers are very efficient. Condensing oil boilers, in particular, have been designed and manufactured in such a manner that they recapture the heat that could have been lost in the flue during condensation. It is also worth pointing out that, when burned, oil creates the most efficient energy. The vast majority of contemporary oil boilers today have a 90+ A rating, so this should give you complete peace of mind.
  • Cost effective – The fact that oil boilers are very efficient automatically means that they are going to be cost-effective. However, it is also worth bearing in mind the price of oil has also decreased. Of course, prices can fluctuate. However, in the past three to four years, the prices have been kept low, and this helps to make oil boilers a lot cheaper to run.

Disadvantages of oil boilers

As is the case for any type of boiler, there are also drawbacks that need to be considered when it comes to oil boilers as well. As touched upon in the former section, the price of oil is something that fluctuates. There are a number of different factors that will impact the price, including political instability, weather conditions, and demand. Plus, when you consider that the oil supply is through roads, it is very likely that you are going to need to wait for a new delivery to arrive and you may run out of oil. This is why it is always important to put in a bit of forefront before you go shopping so you can make sure it is the right amount.

In addition to this, there are are a number of other factors that you should take into account too. If you have never had an oil central system installed before, it could be rather disruptive and expensive too. Plus, you have to consider that the tank is not going to be underground, and so it could be unsightly.

The vast majority of oil boilers that are available today are floor standing. This can make it a bit of a challenge if you are searching for something that can be mounted to one of your walls. Furthermore, oil boilers may not be suited for anyone that is looking for the most environmental solution in terms of heating their property. This is because oil is a type of fossil fuel. Not only this, but another reason why it is not great for the environment is that more carbon dioxide is produced when compared with other options.

Final words about oil boilers

As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons that are associated with using oil boilers to supply heat to your home or building premises. While this is arguably the most energy efficient option, there are a number of drawbacks that need to be considered. This includes the fact that oil boilers are not the most environmental solution and you also need to be mindful of the fact that the price of oil fluctuates all of the time. We hope that this guide has been helpful when figuring out whether or not this is the right solution for you. Contact Wilson today for more information or to get your new boiler installed.

Scroll to Top