Replace and save
Did you know that 60% of our annual energy bill spend is used to pay for boiler and heating usage.
If you replaced your existing boiler with an A-rated high efficiency version and installed new household heating controls, you could save as much as £300 a year on your fuel bill and substantially reduce the carbon dioxide emissions for your home.
Are you eligible for a FREE boiler?
It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who could be eligible for a free A-rated boiler upgrade. There is funding available from a scheme called Energy Company Obligation (ECO) under the Affordable Warmth Objective. This provides help for low income and vulnerable households to improve the energy efficiency of properties and reduce energy bills, you can check your eligibility here. If eligible you may be able to have a free boiler replacement as well as cavity wall and loft insulation.
Also available under ECO is CSCO funding which provides free energy upgrades to people living in the bottom 15% of the most deprived areas of the UK. To find out if you are eligible fill in the enquiry form to the right. This is based on geographic location and is not means tested. For those who do not qualify under these schemes Green Deal may also be a funding option for a new boiler.
Why is a boiler replacement important?
Modern central heating boilers are up to 90% more efficient that old boilers for several reasons. Modern boilers are built to convert more heat into your home, minimise carbon emissions and therefore reduce heating costs by up to 35%.
The main advantage of modern boilers is that they are all condensing boilers. A condensing boiler has a bigger and more effective heat exchanger which enables it to recover more heat and release cooler gases up the flue. This results in less heat being lost and less fuel being burned unnecessarily.
Choosing the right boiler
When deciding upon a new boiler, your options will depend on a number of factors such as how much hot water you use, how much space you have and whether or not you are considering alternative, renewable energy heating in the future.
Conventional boiler systems
A conventional boiler system is usually based around one or two water tanks which are located in the loft of the house. The cold water storage tank draws on water from the mains supply which is fed to the cylinder usually located in the airing cupboard. The boiler will heat the water in the cylinder and the hot water will be distributed to various taps in the property. Installing this type of system means that multiple taps can be used at the same time to draw on the hot water however, the hot water in the tank will eventually run out requiring time to refill and reheat.
Combi boiler systems
A combi boiler heats water directly from the mains. There is no need for a hot water tank to store the water as the water is heated instantly and is available whenever required. Hot water is circulated to the heating system via a pump. A combi boiler is an excellent choice if a property lacks space as there is no need for a water tank and the hot water delivered to the taps will run at the same speed and pressure as the cold.
Renewable heating systems
Solar thermal systems can be integrated with a new boiler installation and can generate up to a 1/3 of your hot water supply. Solar thermal panels placed on the roof of the property convert daylight in to heat. The heat is transferred to the hot water cylinder to supplement the original boiler supply.
If you are considering a renewable heating system and a new boiler it is worth combining the install at the same time.
What to do next?
Please note that boilers must be installed by qualified professionals who are registered on the Gas Safe Register which replaced the Corgi scheme in 2009.