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You could be forgiven for thinking that all boilers are the same, whether they’re used for domestic or commercial purposes, but there are some significant differences between the two.
In essence, what distinguishes one type of boiler from another are its size and power, which makes sense when you think about how the two different types of boiler are used: domestic boilers are designed to be used in homes, while commercial boilers are intended for use in bigger buildings, which may still include homes, but which can also include hotels, care home and offices among others. If your large home or commercial property needs to be safely and reliably heated, you can contact local Commercial Boiler Installation Services for more guidance.
In the meantime, here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions about commercial boilers:
Q: At what point is a boiler classified as being for commercial use?
A: Domestic boilers have a significantly smaller output when compared to commercial boilers, which are typically classed as being such when they have an output of more than 60-79kW. With commercial boilers needing to meet a bigger demand for heat and hot water in bigger buildings, this is no surprise.
Some commercial boilers can be close to a domestic boiler in size and have a power threshold of slightly more than 60kW, while larger ones intended for use in much bigger buildings, may be gas and oil-fired with a power threshold of 250kW to 1,500kW. Having such a wide range of commercial boilers ensures that buildings of all sizes can meet their heating and water demands easily. It’s worth noting that it isn’t just their size that makes them different from domestic boilers, their components are very different, too.
Q: How do I know what size boiler I need?
A: There are several different factors to consider when determining the right size of commercial boiler for your needs, the most important of which is based on the size of the premises. Start by measuring your building’s square footage, and this will give you a better idea of how much power you need, and what capacity your commercial boiler should have. Additionally, you must try to assess (as accurately as possible) how much heating and hot water you’re likely to need at any given time, considering the different requirements in load according to the season.
While you want your commercial boiler to be big enough to supply you with enough heat and water, you also want it to be efficient so that you can keep energy costs to a minimum, and do your best to reduce your carbon footprint.
It’s best to seek help from a local boiler installation company before making any decisions, as they will be able to help you more accurately determine which size boiler you need. By taking detailed measurements of the building and scrutinizing your existing energy requirements, they will help you select a commercial boiler that’s neither too big or too small, whether for an existing commercial premises, or a property that’s being converted into one. If you’re replacing a commercial boiler, on the other hand, the process should be straightforward enough.
Q: How much will I have to pay for a commercial boiler?
A: Ultimately, how much you will need to pay for a commercial boiler will depend entirely on the size of the building and what output is required. For a commercial property that’s around 2 to 3,000 square feet in size, a boiler with an output of 60 to 80kW would be most suitable, and this would cost approximately £8 to 10,000 excluding VAT, including installation. Should a building be considerably bigger than this, or more than one boiler is required, naturally the cost will rise exponentially.
In some instances, a vertical flue may need to be replaced in order to keep it up-to-date with current regulations, and this can have an impact on the cost of commercial boiler installations, too.
Q: How long does it take for a commercial boiler to be installed?
A: Commercial boiler installation in London can take as little as a day to complete, or up to a week for more complex systems. Generally, speaking, the more work that is needed during an installation, the longer the process is likely to take, and your chosen installer will guide you as to a more accurate timeframe before the installation begins.
Commercial boilers help keep people and buildings warm and cozy when the weather outside is anything but, and when installed professionally, can provide commercial premises with a reliable source of heat and water for many years.