Installing a boiler in a bedroom is completely possible and perfectly safe as long as it’s installed by a fully-qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
Naturally, there may be some concerns around installing a boiler in the same room you sleep but this article reveals how you can safely install a boiler in a bedroom.
Can you sleep in the same room as a boiler?
There would have been a time when sleeping in the same room as a boiler wouldn’t have been recommended but nowadays boilers are incredibly efficient, safe and reliable appliances. You just need to ensure that the boiler is room sealed.
If you are installing a gas boiler in a bedroom then you’ll need to be aware of the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 which state that a gas boiler over 14kW can’t be installed into a room unless it’s room sealed.
What is a room sealed boiler?
A room sealed boiler takes air from outside and sends any waste fumes back outdoors instead of into the room. This makes it perfectly safe to sleep in the same room as the unit. You’ll find that most modern boilers are room sealed but you should always check to be on the safe side.
If you have any doubts whatsoever then get a Gas Safe engineer to carry out an assessment of the bedroom.
Benefits of installing a boiler in a bedroom
Now you know that it’s perfectly safe to have a boiler installed in your bedroom, you can begin to really think about the benefits it can bring to your home.
You’ll be able to benefit from having more space in the room that your boiler is currently installed in so if that’s the kitchen, more storage space for food.
Thanks to most modern boilers being compact, you can have them installed into wardrobes or cupboards so that they’re completely out of sight.
What are the considerations?
When considering a boiler installation in a bedroom, the first thought for many homeowners is often safety and, secondly, whether the person in that room will be able to get any sleep with the noise of the boiler.
Boilers aren’t as loud as they once were but that doesn’t mean they’re silent. Every boiler will make some sort of noise (flame igniting) so if you’re a light sleeper then having a boiler in your room probably isn’t the best idea. When choosing a new boiler, look out for one that’s Quiet Mark accredited.
Despite many boilers being extremely compact in size, you’ll still have to commit some wardrobe space to the unit.
Unsafe or faulty gas appliances can emit carbon monoxide which is a highly poisonous gas. To avoid this, the boiler should be installed and serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
A carbon monoxide alarm also needs to be fitted close to the boiler.
Other rooms suitable for a boiler
Still not sure whether having a boiler in your bedroom is right for you? Then there are other alternatives to the kitchen or utility room.
If you’re thinking of a room in the house where you’re happy to lose a bit of space to a boiler then up in the loft is worth thinking about.
Some manufacturers offer external models of their boilers which can be housed outside, meaning that you only have to commit some garden space to the unit.
|Loft||Flooring needs to be laid out to construct a safe walkway for heating engineers carrying out a service. Will need to install a ladder with guard rail. Ensure that the loft is well lit and has gas, electric and water isolation points.|
|External||Needs to be accessible or the unit might require some extensive piping. Can be less efficient than internal boilers.|
So, should I install a boiler in my bedroom?
Installing a boiler in a bedroom is the ideal solution for any homeowner looking to free up some space around the home. If you have the room to spare in a bedroom wardrobe then you can make use of it thanks to the compact size of most modern boilers.
By installing a room sealed boiler, you won’t have to be concerned about safety while you’re sleeping either. Just keep in mind that you should arrange an annual service of the unit. This will not only help keep your mind at rest about any concerns you might have but also highlight any existing or potential faults.
Get the thoughts of a qualified heating engineer
There’s no better way to find out whether your bedroom is suitable for a boiler than by asking a gas Safe registered engineer. Using Boiler Guide, you can get free quotes from up to 3 Gas Safe registered engineers for the installation of a boiler in a bedroom. They’ll take you through the practicalities and the potential costs.