An unvented hot water cylinder is a pressurised system fed directly from the cold mains water supply, which is designed to provide hot water at mains pressure to all outlets within the home. These tanks are commonly used to improve shower water pressure in homes with more than one bathroom.
As the tank is fed by the mains water supply it means that there is no need for a cold-water tank and the associated pipework, or a pump to maintain the pressure, so it means there is a reduction in system noise, as there are no cistern or pump noises. It also means that the cylinder can be located almost anywhere in your property, so it is ideal if you are limited for space as it has the added advantage of freeing-up space in the loft whilst providing a better flow rate and water pressure for your shower or bath. This improved water pressure is a hugely beneficial, particularly for homes with more than one bathroom.
Unvented cylinders usually include safety and performance features such as pressure relief valves and temperature controls to keep maintain efficiency. They also benefit from minimal heat loss, fast reheat times and are available in modern designs to suit most homes.
Advantages of installing an unvented hot water cylinder:
BETTER FLOW RATE / WATER PRESSURE
TANKS CAN BE SITED ANYWHERE
REDUCED SYSTEM NOISE (NO NEED FOR PUMPS OR CISTERNS)
NO NEED FOR A COLD-WATER TANK
IDEAL FOR HOMES WITH MORE THAN ONE BATHROOM
REDUCED RISK OF WATER CONTAMINATION AS THE UNIT IS SEALED
The majority of hot water cylinders are heated by an external source; the boiler, if not solar thermal. In this system setup the hot water is heated and passes through the copper coil in the hot water cylinder, transferring the heat from the source to the water in the tank.
In this system setup there is an element inside the tank; such as an immersion heater. Although these systems are more expensive to run, they are often advantageous as for flats, particularly where there is no gas connection and the tank can therefore be powered by electric. In this situation, there are usually two immersion heaters fitted; one for peak electricity and one for off -peak, so you will need to ensure the immersion timers operate to minimise your utility bills.
Hot Water Cylinder Installations
by our Gas Safe heating engineers
We can install a hot water cylinder to modify and improve the hot water pressure of the showers and baths in your home, or as part of a complete central heating system installation. However, it will depend on which boiler you have installed and its compatibility with a hot water cylinder. Unvented cylinders can be installed in a cupboard, a loft, utility room, garage or wherever the most suitable space is in your home.