Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Figures recently compiled by the Energy saving trust estimate that the average costs can be cut by around 40% by the installation of a new eco-friendly energy saving boiler which for many of us means savings of around £250 per annum (and that’s at today’s energy prices).
An “A” Grade high efficiency boiler will convert at least 90% of energy into heat unlike our old boilers which wastes around 40% of its heat as hot gases, and as boilers account for over 60% of domestic CO2 emissions the rules have changed in that only energy efficient boilers are allowable for installation within the UK.
Simply opting for the cheapest boiler you can find is not the answer, and in many cases, it is also not the answer to simply look at the larger national companies.
The right boiler
Most old gas and oil boilers are regular boilers – they have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the boiler.
When you replace your boiler you have a choice of buying a new regular boiler, and keeping your hot water cylinder, or buying a combi boiler that doesn’t need a cylinder.
A regular boiler is actually more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder, so a combi may be more efficient overall. The best option for you will depend on a number of factors:
- How much hot water do you use? A large family using lots of hot water could be better off with a regular boiler – a smaller household using less may be better off with a combi.
- Are you short of space? A combi boiler doesn’t need a hot water cylinder, and so needs less space.
- Are you thinking of installing solar water heating? Many combis are not compatible with solar water heating or cannot use it so effectively.
Once you’ve decided on the type of boiler, you then need to make sure that you choose the most efficient model and get it installed safely and legally.