Central heating is still the most common type of heating in Britain and can be fuelled by gas, oil or LPG. Essentially, the boiler will heat water which is then piped around the property to warm radiators. Hot water will also be used for washing, baths and showers.
The Energy Saving Trust say the boiler makes up an incredible 60% of the money you spend on bills every year.
That’s why it’s so important to ensure your home’s heating is efficient, so your expenses are as low as possible.
If you don’t have central heating, the chances are you rely on electricity to heat your home. This is often in the form of storage heaters which can be expensive, inefficient and carbon intensive. So if you are still using storage heaters, now’s the time to consider replacing your heating.
Of course, before you make any heating changes it’s important to ensure your home is efficient first and foremost. This means you have adequate insulation in place to trap heat inside rather than letting it escape.
Replacing your boiler
If you have an old boiler then you can make huge savings with a replacement. In fact you can reduce bills by over £300 a year according to the Energy Saving Trust. Essentially you’ll want a condensing boiler anyway as these are the most efficient. You can deduct if a boiler is condensing typically by the type of flue. If it has a plastic flue, it’ll probably be condensing.
Condensing boilers burn even more fuel by recapturing escaping heat from the flue and ensuring maximum output.
You may also consider a combi boiler, which is by far the UK’s most popular system. Combi boilers provide heat and hot water on demand and save space in the home by fitting in a small cupboard or on the wall. They don’t need a large water storage tank.
For those not on the gas grid, consider switching to another form of heating to save money, such as biomass.
Biomass boilers burn renewable products such as logs and wood pellets.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Replacing your old boiler could see you save up to £310 every year as you eradicate inefficiency.
- Old boilers could be operating at just 70%, whilst modern replacements work in the high 90s.
- By replacing your old boiler you’ll be able to avoid the costly repair bills if something goes wrong to your old boiler.
- Ensure to have a regular boiler service so any hidden faults can be identified before anything goes wrong.
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