Why replace your boiler?
As a homeowner, while your boiler is integral to your home’s energy production, it is also a primary part of your utility bills. Indeed, the appliance accounts for approximately 60% of your home energy bills. It seems appropriate then, to try and reduce the costs from the source by ensuring that your boiler is as efficient as it can be.
Boilers are graded from A-G depending on their efficiency – A being the most efficient and G the least. The older your boiler, the less efficient it is likely to be and the less efficient your boiler, the more energy is wasted. Indeed, the older type, non-condensing boilers are up to 30% less energy efficient than a modern, condensing boiler. They produce more carbon dioxide emissions and don’t regulate heat output in a complete and efficient way. In comparison, modern condensing boilers produce, regulate and retain their heat more efficiently and have better heating controls. Consequently, they produce less carbon dioxide emissions.
• Saving money:
Saving energy equals saving money. By replacing your boiler for one that’s more efficient, you could save up to £300 a year!
• Saving energy:
Saving energy means using less energy which in turn, results in lower emissions of carbon dioxide. By upgrading your boiler you are contributing to the world’s efforts to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions.
Installing a New Boiler
If you opt for a boiler replacement, there are several things you need to take into consideration.
1. Fuel type
Your cheapest boiler option will differ depending on your fuel source. If you receive mains gas, a gas boiler is the cheapest system but if you receive heat from oil, LPG or coal, it is likely that you can save on your bills by attempting to get gas supplied to your home. This is normally only achievable if you have the option to connect to a gas pipe near your home. Another option is to look into a renewable energy boiler that burns wood or biomass. Although installation costs can be high, money savings follow in fashion.
2. Boiler type
You have the option of a regular boiler with a separate cylinder to store hot water or a combination (combi) boiler that does not have a cylinder. While a regular boiler produces hot water in a more efficient way, combi boilers are more efficient when retaining the heat. A large family that uses a lot of hot water are likely to benefit more from a regular boiler while a smaller family may make more savings with a combi. Another advantage of a combi boiler is that it requires less space as it is not fitted with a cylinder. Whichever type of boiler you choose, ensure that its energy efficiency rating is a central factor in your decision.
3. Get it installed safely
Make certain that your chosen installer has the required registrations: ‘Gas Safe’ for gas and LPG boilers and OFTEC for oil boilers. With a certified installer, you can guarantee that your boiler will comply with Building Regulations and that you will receive the relevant documentation. It’s also a good idea to check customer reviews before making a choice.