What can having an efficient boiler do for you?
Now that summer is finally on its way and it is nearly time to turn your heating off and your barbeque on, you might want to start thinking about replacing that old, faulty boiler for a shiny new one. However, how do you know which is the best boiler for you or how can you make your existing boiler a little more energy efficient?
Bills, bills, bills
Believe it or not, your boiler accounts for around 55% of your annual energy bills. If you think about it, your boiler doesn’t just heat the radiators from time to time, it supplies hot water for washing up, washing dirty faces, powering your shower and running that hot soak in the bath at the end of the day.
It is estimated that by replacing an old boiler with a more energy efficient boiler you could save up to £340 a year and can even help to lower your footprint by lowering your carbon dioxide emissions.
How do you know what to look for?
One easy sign to look out for is if your current boiler does not have heating controls; heating controls such as a programmer and room thermostat allow all sorts of changes to be made to the heating system.
These adjustments can include:
- Just heating the mains water,
- Just heating the radiators,
- Turning on and off at certain times of day,
- Turning off when the house reaches a certain temperature.
Even if you aren’t quite ready to part with your old boiler, it is possible to have an old boiler fitted with a programmer and a room thermostat.
Opting for a newer condensing boiler will also help with your energy efficiency as they have a bigger heat exchange, which recovers more heat and sends cooler gas up the flue, rather than releasing hotter air up the flue like older boilers tend to do.
When Installing a Boiler
If you are interested in installing a new boiler, there are three main points to consider when deciding which type of boiler would be most efficient for your home:
- How much space do you have? Combi boilers use less space, for example.
- How much hot water do you use? Smaller households use less how water so again a Combi would suit better.
- Do you want a solar water heater? Combi boilers tend not to be solar compatible, so are less effective.