There are many reasons you could look to have a new boiler installed in your home, but without doubt the most popular factor comes down to reducing energy bills. Boilers provide the heat and hot water for your home and if you have an inefficient system you’ll be wasting hundreds of pounds every year on fuel bills.
So if you need a new boiler, where do you look? Of course, one of the first things that’ll spring to mind is the national suppliers. You may consider a British Gas boiler for example. But in fact, consumer watchdog Which? suggest the local, independently run companies often offer better deals and customer service than the large national businesses.
But with a British Gas boiler I’ll have a lengthy guarantee in case something goes wrong, I hear you say. This may be the case, but it’s no different to having a boiler fitted from a reputable local company. Whatever boiler you have fitted (Bosch boiler, Baxi boiler, Valiant boiler etc), you’ll still receive a manufacturers warrantee, lasting from five to 10 years. This is enough to safeguard you from faults.
If you look to a local company instead, your main priority will be to check they’re Gas Safe registered. It’s a legal requirement for boiler engineers to have these qualifications to protect you from dangerous work which can lead to fires or explosions.
With many TV programmes covering the problem of cowboy builders and rogue traders in the UK it’s also important to avoid any potential pitfalls by ensuring the company is reputable. The best way to do this is by checking accreditations and qualifications.
But before speaking to a company about the installation of a British Gas boiler or other system, there are a few things to take into account first:
- Have your old boiler serviced
If you’re considering a new boiler it’s probably because you feel your old installation is inefficient and you’re wasting money every month. But having your boiler serviced could highlight a basic problem with an easy remedy, saving you the hassle of a new boiler.
If it does boil down to you needing a new boiler, then there are a few measures you should look to implement too. After all, you’ll want to save as much money on fuel bills as possible so think about:
- Loft insulation
- Cavity and/or solid wall insulation
- Draught proofing techniques
- Replacement windows
- Considering a new gas and electricity tariff
For any information on replacing your heating system with a British Gas boiler or any other variety, speak to one of our customer advisors. We can even provide you with up to four free quotes from companies in your area so you can work out the price you’ll expect to pay for a new boiler.
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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