Advice on getting a new boiler
Getting a brand new boiler can be a major purchase and make a major dent in the household budget, especially as boiler repair or replacement is not usually covered by home insurance. However, if has become clear that the boiler is no longer repairable and needs replacement, there are some things to consider before making a decision. It’s also worth speaking to a boiler engineer first as they can offer invaluable advice based on experience in the field.
Let’s take a look at some of the areas worth taking a look at before purchasing a boiler.
Different types of boilers explained
There are a few options to consider, which is often dictated by household usage of heating and hot water. A heating engineer will be able to advise exactly which type will be right for your specific requirements.
The conventional boiler set up is comprised of a cylinder and hot water storage tank, which people sometimes refer to as heat-only, vent, regular or traditional boilers. Conventional boilers are often the best choice for larger households, supplying hot water to more a number of bathrooms. However, because of the size of the set up, a conventional boiler might not be ideal in small spaces.
Combi boilers are the most popular choice for installation when it comes to energy efficiency. They provide heating and hot water, and only heat water when needed, drawing energy from the mains electricity. Because they’re fairly compact and don’t need an additional water tank, they ideal for smaller homes. It’s worth keeping in mind, however, that they cannot run two baths or showers at the same time, so they’re not always be the best choice for larger residences.
System boilers are another type of water heater that doesn’t need additional tanks. The benefit of this is that it’s easier to fit a system boiler in smaller spaces that conventional boilers won’t go, but this also reduces the danger of frozen pipes from the water tank. They’re great for heating larger houses and providing hot water to a number of bathrooms, but the water can take a while to heat up.
What size boiler do I need?
As we’ve touched upon in the list of boiler types, the right boiler for your home is as much about size as it is about economy and functionality. Smaller properties, or homes that have been renovated to create more room space, often have the challenge of smaller space, which often means going for the combi boiler option.
Consider the cost of a new boiler
The purchase and installation of a boiler can indeed be expensive, but it’s not just these costs you need to consider. Depending on the size of your home and the number of people in your household, it is just as important to consider the energy efficiency of your boiler to make ongoing savings to your energy bills. However, if you have concerns about the cost of a new boiler, you might be entitled to a boiler grant.
Getting a boiler grant
There is a government scheme called ECO (Energy Company Obligation), which has been put together for low-income households to reduce their carbon footprints by introducing energy efficient changes. You could be eligible for a boiler grant if your boiler is over five years old and you meet other criteria such as income and status.
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