Narrowboat Diesel Heating System
Are you looking to upgrade or install a new heating system in your boat?
It is important to ensure that you specify the correct boiler so that it is capable of heating it as required. A simple calculation can be carried out to check that the kW requirement is met by the correctly sized boiler. An undersized unit will give an overall poor heating effect on a large boat so always check first to avoid a costly and time-consuming mistake.
This calculation can be worked out very quickly. You would need to measure each room/area in metre squared (m2) and email the details to us. We will calculate it for you and then discuss with you the best option based on those calculations and how you intend to use the boat.
Choosing the heating system type
Once you know the kW requirement you can then start to take a look at the Kabola range of diesel boilers available to you. Starting at 7Kw which is more than enough for many narrowboats and some dutch barges also, they are compact in physical size, economical, quiet in operation and have options available which can then suit how you personally make use of the boat. Being over 90% efficient these boilers certainly give you value for money, just think of the future fuel saving costs you could make. This is something that is hugely understated and many other recognised heating system manufacturers fail to publish for obvious reasons.
The main three options for narrowboat diesel heating system are:-
- Standard Boiler
- Calorifier Control Boiler
- Combi Boiler
Boiler types in detail
The Standard boiler is the most simplistic within the range offering a basic heating circuit from the boiler, then into the calorifier and onwards to the radiators before making its way back to the boiler again to complete that circuit. For many, this can be an ideal choice but for liveaboards, their requirements may be slightly different when summertime arrives. The reason being is that they wouldn’t want the radiators getting hot just to provide hot water for the calorifier. Which brings us onto the Calorifier Control Boiler. This has the ability via the touch of a button to have just the hot water heated in the summer months making it an ideal choice for many. It does this with an additional 3-way valve, some clever electronics and a slightly different plumbing system. This ensures that the calorifier can be heated just on its own and maintain its heating circuit to the set temperature.
Lastly, we have a Combi Boiler. This is “hot water on demand” so when the tap has opened the boiler would fire-up and deliver hot water. This means that you wouldn’t need a calorifier which can be space-saving which is a great advantage to many. There is some drawback though, the flow rates can be very average on some of the smaller boilers such as the 7kW. When you look at the 14kW or above the rate is very substantial with a rate that exceeds expectation.
With any of these boiler systems, a simple LCD 7-day timer can be added quite cost-effectively however many are now also fitting Smart Timers/Thermostats such as the Nest or other wifi-enabled devices to control the systems remotely.
So those are the main three unit types from Kabola Heating Systems. As we mentioned at the beginning, it is important to know the correct kW requirement for the boat. This calculation can be worked out very quickly. You would need to measure each room/area in metre squared (m2) and email the details to us. We will calculate it for you and then discuss with you the best option based on those calculations and how you intend to use the boat.
Please feel free to call us on 01663 734800 about your narrowboat diesel heating system requirements or drop us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org.