Combi boiler for a large house

Combi boiler for a large house

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Combi boiler for a large house from Flexiheat UK


Looking for a combi boiler for a large house? Here we go through the issues that you need to consider when selecting the best combi boiler for a large house to suit your requirements. Selecting the correct combi boiler size for any home, is critical, especially when your residence is a large house, with multiple radiators, or an underfloor heating system and multiple bathrooms, it then becomes vitally important if you require a high efficiency and economical boiler with exceptional hot water flow rates then we have the perfect combi boiler for your large house / home/ property.

What is a Combi boiler, and what do they do ?

Firstly, we need to establish, what a combi boiler is? Well the boilers official name is a combination boiler – but over the years this has been shortened just to “combi boiler “. These boilers are now the most popular type of boiler for homes, flats etc in the residential market for the UK. A combi boiler not only supplies the heat for the central heating of the home, but also heats the domestic hot water instantaneously as a hot water tap is opened.

Another benefit of a combi boiler is that the hot water is fed from the mains water supply, eliminating the need for a feed and expansion tanks, and thus the water pressure is often higher, resulting in better hot water performance.

These factors make a combination boiler one of the highest efficiency boilers on the market, with an attractive low cost purchasing price, along with the lower installation costs and continual lower running costs than the older type system boilers that were extensively used in previous times in larger homes or properties.

There are two main elements to a combi boiler, which need to be considered when selecting the correct boiler –

  1. The heating side of the boiler– You need to establish how much of a heating load or requirement your large property will have. This is to ensure that the boiler has sufficient capacity to heat your large home
  2. The Domestic Hot Water performance– This is the hot water that you use to bath, wash or doing the dishes / kitchen use – when preparing meals etc

We will look at both of  these issues and give you the guidance to ensure that you have the best solution for your combination boiler for a larger house / property.

Combi boiler sizing for large homes / properties

The first part is the easier bit as they say. It doesn’t matter what heat emitters you are using to heat your home, whether it be a radiator system or an underfloor heating system or even a combination of both. The principle of heat loss sizing for your property doesn’t change.

Basically, the fabric of your home loses heat, depending on how well insulated the building materials used, such as the brickwork, the floor and the roof. This is known as the “U “value of the materials in question.

This” U “value is official expressed as the rate in Watts [W]) at which heat transfers through 1 square metre [m²] of the surface of a buildings material when there is a temperature difference of 1ºC between the internal and external environments.

So, if you have a property built from the late 1990’s onwards then you are safe to use this ready reckoner chart. This ready reckoner table is based on a brick and block cavity wall with mineral wool insulation having a total wall thickness of 312 mm has a “U” value of 0.3 W/mtr. The building regulation from the late 1990’s specify that this “U” value must be achieved, to pass the building regulations.

You need to ensure that you have the total floor area of your home, including the ground level, 1st floor, 2nd floor etc. It is the home’s / properties total floor area you need to calculate.

Power Output of BoilerHeating area with Height of 2.7 Mtrs & U Value of 0.3
4.5 kW~ 55 Mtrs/2
7.5 kW~ 85 Mtrs/2
9 kW~ 110 Mtrs/2
13.5 kW~ 165 Mtrs/2
15 kW~ 180 Mtrs/2
22.5 kW~ 278 Mtrs/2
24 kW~ 300 Mtrs/2

For example – If your large home has a total floor area of 600 M/2, then you’re going to need a 48 kW Combi boiler (2 x 300 m2 = 2 x 24 kW – thus a 48kW output combi boiler)

If your total floor area is 440 M/2, then you’re going to need a 48 kW Combi boiler (1 x 300 m2 =  24 kW  and 1 x 165 M2 = 13.5 Kw –always go up on the chart – you can turn a combi boilers output down , if you have it there , but you can never turn it up , if it doesn’t have the capacity – thus 24kw + 13.5 Kw = 37.5 kW  total boiler output

Our combi boilers for large homes are modulating boilers, which means they will automatically ramp up and down their heat output to suit the central heating requirements. They are very clever boilers these days !

Domestic Hot Water Performance of the Combi Boiler for a larger property

Ok, now for the second part of a combi boiler for a large house– the domestic hot water performance / sizing – and this these days is the most important factor when selecting the best boiler to suit your requirements.

Traditional combi boilers use a plate heat exchanger to heat the domestic hot water up to temperature, from the “heating water side of the boiler “. They have benefits in that they only heat the hot water when there is a demand.

But they also have some minus points, which really come into factor when trying to fulfill the hot water demands when used in larger homes, with multiple bathrooms, or many hot water taps.

Because a combination boiler draws all of its water supply directly from the mains water supply, these boilers struggle to meet high demands for the hot water. An example of this, is when multiple hot water taps are turned on in various bathrooms, the kitchen or other rooms within the house, you will often see a dramatic reduction in the water pressure.

This is caused by the combination boiler not having the benefit of a storage hot water tank, which would meet these levels of demand.

We’ll we at Flexiheat UK have solved that problem, we basically have a “hybrid combi boiler” or a “combi boiler with an element of storage”, which makes them especially suitable for larger homes, that usually have larger hot water demands via multiple bathroom or showers.

Another benefit of having an element of hot water storage is that the larger the property, the longer the hot water pipe runs tend to be, so depending on the property layout you can install a secondary domestic hot water return, which eliminates the delay for the hot water to get to the taps around the home, this also eliminates what is referred to as “hot water dead legs”.

So this brings us to our range, and why our boilers are regarded as the best combi boiler for a large house

We do three models –

our 45 model – which is a combi boiler that modulates its output all the way from 11 to 45 kW for the heating side of the boiler and will produce 44.2 kW of heating power for the domestic hot water demand

the 55 model – which is a combi boiler that modulates its output all the way from 12 to 55 kW for the heating side of the boiler and will produce 54 kW of heating power for the domestic hot water demand

or the largest model – our 65 unit – which is a combi boiler that modulates its output all the way from 13.5 to 65 kW for the heating side of the boiler and will produce 64 kW of heating power for the domestic hot water demand

Each of these boilers are available with a hot water tank in either 60 , 90 or 120 litres of storage , which can handle a domestic water pressure of up to 6 bar ( any more than 3 bar ,

and a shower can start to get painful with the water pressure , and your taps turn into powerful water jets , often with the water coming out at such a force , that it goes everywhere.

But here is the element which makes the combi boilers the best choice for a large house – the Domestic Hot water performance – it literally is phenomenal, remarkable or exceptional – however you want to call it.

To explain how good it is – here are some stats –


According to BS6700 a standard bath (1700mm x 700mm) full capacity is around 180 litres to overflow level, but most people fill their bath tubs to around half way to allow for the displacement of water when they get into the bath. So, the actual volume of water used is 100 litres.

The normal bath water temperature is around 40 Degrees C

When you have stored water, this is kept at 60 Degrees C to prevent legionella, which is then blended down with cold water to achieve the 40 Degrees C, at a ratio of 60% hot water and 40% cold water, or 60 litres of hot water and 40 litres of cold water to make up the 100 litres.

Thus, a bath cycle requires 60 litres of hot water, stored at 60 Degrees C

The 60 litre tank, would recover it’s hot water in 6.30 minutes, (which means you can start filling a bath 6 minutes 30 seconds after filling the previous one )  the 90 litre in 6.30 minutes ( one and a half baths ) and the 120 litre unit in 6.30 minutes ( two baths simultaneously )  , which is very impressive domestic hot water performance indeed, as these combi boilers have a hot water priority system.


The figures are even more impressive for showers –

According to all the data, a standard 5-minute shower approximately 45 litres of water at 40 degrees C, which uses 27 litres of hot water stored at 60 degrees C – with a standard shower head. From this data – our 60-litre hot water storage tank will do 2 shower – simultaneously – the 6 and half minutes later you could go again

Our 90 Litre – 3 showers, again simultaneously – 6 and a half minutes, you can go again

Our 120 Litre – 4 showers with a little spare, again simultaneously – 6 and a half minutes, you can go again

In reality , we would say , that the persons wouldn’t have even come out of the shower room or bathroom, as they need time to dry off , shave , clean their teeth , do their hair etc, before the hot water tank has recovered all of the hot water, in this way you could almost say that you have infinite hot water and all at a great water pressures – no limp or poor showers here !


Water Pressure

As a combination boiler draws all of its water supply directly form the mains water supply, they can often struggle to meet high water demands, especially in large properties like a 4 or 5 bedroom house .We have all seen what happens when a person turns on a hot water tap when someone is having a shower, and the dramatic drop in water pressure , normal followed by a shout “ turn that tap off “ I’m having a shower , this is due to the fact that a true combination boiler has no hot water storage tank like our boilers, which overcomes this problem, and allows multiple hot water taps or outlets to be used simultaneously, at good water pressures.

Full technical details for our combi boiler with storage for larger properties

These combination boilers for larger properties – can be fired with either natural gas or LPG / Propane Gas

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSModelFH-S DHW      45SFH-S DHW      45MFH-S DHW      45LFH-S DHW      55SFH-S DHW      55MFH-S DHW      55LFH-S DHW      65SFH-S DHW      65MFH-S DHW      65L
Thermal Capacity – Heating
Maximum Heating CapacitykW454545555555656565
Minimum Heating CapacitykW11111112121213.513.513.5
Maximum Heat Discharge for Heating (80°C / 60°C)kW42.442.442.453.453.453.4646464
Minimum Heat Output for Heating (80°C / 60°C)kW7.
Maximum Heat Discharge for Heating (50°C / 30°C)kW45.845.845.857.
Minimum Heat Load (50°C / 30°C)kW8.
Maximum Domestic Water CapacitykW44.244.444.854.154.554.764.264.664.8
Thermal Efficiency
Efficiency @ Pmax. (80°C / 60°C)%97.497.397.797.597.397.797.397.297.2
Efficiency @ Pmin. (80°C / 60°C)%98.598.698.798.899.198.20%98.698.398.6
Efficiency @ Pmax. (50°C / 30°C)%105.2105.3105.4105.3105.2105.1105.6105.3105.6
Efficiency @ Pmin. (50°C / 30°C)%107.4107.6107.2107.2107.2107.2107.1107.3107.4
Efficiency @ 30% (30°C)%108.7109108.2108.1108.7108.5108.6108.4108.7
Domestic Water Circuit
Domestic Water Temperature Adjustment Range°C10 -6510 -6510 -6510 -6510 -6510 -6510 -6510 -6510 -65
Domestic Water Storage Tank VolumeL609012060901206090120
Domestic Water Flow Rate in ContinuousL / dT12.118.424.
Use (∆T=25°C. 20 °C /45 °C)
Heating & DHW Pressures
Maximum Operating Temperature- Heating°C858585858585858585
Maximum Operating Pressure- HeatingBar444444444
Minimum Operating Pressure- HeatingBar0.
Maximum DHW PressureBar666666666
Gas Properties
Gas TypeG20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31G20-G31
Gas Inlet Pressure (G20) Natural Gasmbar202020202020202020
Gas Inlet Pressure (G31) LPG /Propane Gasmbar373737373737373737
Combustion Values
Maximum Flue Gas Outlet Temperature (50°C / 30°C)°C424242444444454545
Maximum Flue Gas Outlet Temperature (80°C / 60°C)°C656565656565656565
NOx Emission  Class (EN 15502-1+A1)555555555
Electrical Values
Voltage & FrequencyV / Hz230/50230/50230/50230/50230/50230/50230/50230/50230/50
Energy ConsumptionW190190190210210210300300300
Hydraulic Circuit Properties
Gas Connectioninch1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”1/2”
Heating Circuit Flow & Return Connectionsinch3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″3/4″
Domestic Water Circuit Flow & Return Connectionsinch1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″
General Features
Net (Dry) Weightkg95110125100115130105120135
Flue Diameter (Ø)mm80/12580/12580/12580/12580/12580/12580/12580/12580/125
** G20 Natural Gas.    G31 LPG
Control options for the boilers

Everyone now wants to be able to control their boiler, when they are out and about, be it travelling or at work or even on a plane – having the facility to turn your boiler on and have the house warm for when you return to it has now become almost standard. Well the good news is that combi boiler can do this – they have a control panel is also what is called “OpenTherm Plus “compatible, which means you can control these combi boilers, via the use of an OpenTherm controller, such as a “nest” type or similar.

This means you can make your life simpler and control these combination boilers from either your mobile phone (android or apple) your PC or tablet, from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.

The control panel also has numerous inbuilt features such as –

  •  Frost Protection – Full protection against freezing of the heating and domestic hot water in low ambient temperatures
  • Pump Protection system – Anti-blockage System -The circulation pump is activated automatically once every 24 hours and prevent any blockage
  • Ability to operate according to different heat demands with the variable flow pump control
  • Low fuel consumption and fixed combustion efficiency thanks to the PWM driver, high modulating fan and high modulating gas valve
  • Ability to operate according to different heating system configurations
What are you waiting for ! Call us, for the best combination boiler for large properties

So should you be looking for a combi boiler for a large 4 bed house or for a 5 bedroom house , with 2 , 3 or even 4 bathrooms , you can now see why our combi boiler is the best option , as the element of some hot water storage , which is as small as possible , and thus saving on wasted energy , but large enough to cope with the hot water requirements of a large home or property, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at Flexiheat UK, using the contact us function at the top of this web page, or alternatively give us a call on 01202 822221.As we believe we have the best combi boiler for 4 bedroom house and the best combi boiler for 5 bedroom house for sale on the UK and Irish market.