Your boiler is crucial to your home. For most of the year it’ll work seamlessly to provide your heat and hot water. But not every boiler is the same and yours could be wasting as much as £310 every year on energy bills. Is yours doing this?
If your boiler is more than 10 years old it’s likely to have lost a great deal of efficiency. Inefficient boilers can work at just 70%, whereas upgrades will put you nearer the 95% mark.
As well as this, the chance of breakdown is much higher and could set you back hundreds of pounds in repair costs.
So let’s take a look at the nation’s favourite replacement boiler, condensing boilers.
Condensing boilers are the most common in the UK and it’s no surprise really, because by law all replacements must be condensing.
Their popularity is mainly because of high efficiency levels and being easy to fit. Condensing boilers hold efficiency levels over 90% and the A rated systems will help slash both your expenses and your CO2 emissions.
How can you tell if you have a condensing boiler? Normally it’s by looking at the flue (the pipe that carries the exhaust out of your home).
- If it’s plastic and releases steam you’ll likely have a condensing boiler
- If it’s metal and there is no visible steam, it’s likely a non-condensing boiler, so consider an upgrade.
There are three types of condensing boiler on the market, available for gas and oil heated homes. They are regular, system and combination.
- Regular condensing boilers:
This type of condensing boiler will heat water before storing it in a hot water cylinder. They’re best for homes with many people in need of hot water.
- System condensing boilers:
This type of boiler would suit the same sized home as a regular, but with inbuilt water components they’re more efficient and provide a quicker and easier installation.
- Combination boilers:
Often abbreviated to just combi, a combination boiler takes water directly from the mains supply, providing instant hot water. You won’t need a storage tank and will be able to save more on your heating bills. They’re the most popular variety of condensing boiler but would probably be best suited to a smaller household.
What is the best boiler for me?
The boiler you choose will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of your home, insulation and how your home is heated (gas, electric, oil etc). Of course, a qualified CORGI engineer is always best placed to advise you on the right installation.
An extra tip for you to keep your fuel bills down though is to consider your heating. One of the main problems in this country is homeowners turning the thermostat too high. You could save as much as £65 a year by simply turning it down a single degree.
But this is all to waste if your boiler isn’t working correctly. That’s why it’s so important to get a boiler service and ensure there are no problems. You should also think about a full replacement if you have an old boiler or a non-condensing type.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Heating accounts for around 60% of the annual household bill and a new boiler can slash expenses.
- By replacing your old and inefficient boiler you can save up to £310 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust.
- Energy prices have doubled since 2004 and will double again by 2020, so secure your energy future with an A-rated boiler.
- An annual boiler service costs between £50 and £100 but could save you hundreds of pounds on future repair work.
- With a new boiler you can slash carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 1,200kg each year.
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