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A Brief Guide to Comparing Gledhill Water Heaters

30 Jul 2018

Here is a quick guide to comparing Gledhill water heaters. There are many different water heater brands on the market for UK residents to choose from. However, Gledhill remain one of the most popular for a number of reasons. The company’s products encompass a wide range of capacities, types and styles, and the also offer good reliability and performance. How do you determine which is the right model for your needs, though?

Going Unvented

Before we explore some of the Gledhill water heaters available, we need to say a word about the vented versus unvented argument. Traditionally, only vented water cylinders were used, and gravity was necessary to provide hot water at the taps with any amount of pressure. Today, that’s not the case. While unvented cylinders still exist, unvented systems are far better, offering mains pressure hot water at the taps without having to install the water heater in your attic. All of the Gledhill water heaters we discuss below are unvented.

Direct or Indirect

One of the first things to consider will be whether you want a direct heated cylinder or an indirectly heated cylinder. While both offer a steady supply of hot water at the taps, they’re not the same. Direct heating is becoming quite popular, and involves the water being heated directly within the cylinder through an immersion heater within the cylinder itself, or by an on-cylinder boiler. In an indirect system, the water is heated elsewhere and then stored in the cylinder. Gledhill offers the Stainlesslite Plus unvented cylinder in both direct and indirect formats to fit your needs.

Vertical or Horizontal

Historically, most water cylinders have been vertical in design. Chances are good that when you think of a water heater, you picture an upright cylinder. However, that may or may not be the best option for your home depending on the space constraints within the area where the water heater will be installed. While vertical cylinders are very common, horizontal cylinders offer space savings by turning the water heater on its side. When it comes to Gledhill water heaters, you’ll discover the Stainlesslite Plus horizontal indirect water heater on offer to help you make the most of your available installation space.

Full Bodied or Slimline

In addition to installation position (horizontal versus vertical), you also have the option of installing a full-bodied cylinder or a slimline model. If you have plenty of space within the installation area, a full-bodied model is the better option. However, if you have limited space and you cannot make use of a larger water cylinder, then a slimline model is the better option. These offer slightly less storage volume, but put it in a slimmer cylinder that has a small physical footprint. In this case, the Stainlesslite Plus Slimline might be an appropriate choice.
As you can see, there are many potential options, and Gledhill manufacture a range of other choices, too. If you’re struggling to determine the right water heater for your home, call EasyFlow at 0161 941 5571.

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