Energy efficient houses are a growing trend in the UK and around the world.
In our post on ‘How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient’, we discussed how energy-efficient upgrades will be cost-efficient in the long run, while also doing much to lower your family’s carbon footprint.
One of the ways to do this is by replacing an inefficient boiler. HomeServe explain that when a boiler is ‘on its way out’ it is time to replace it. Your regular gas-heated boiler accounts for 60% of your home’s carbon dioxide emissions.
In replacing an out-dated and inefficient boiler, you can save up to £200 each year. So as you look to save money in the future, let’s discuss what you need to know about choosing and installing a new boiler.
The different types of household boilers
There are different types of household boilers to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. A combi-boiler is one of the most popular, and it’s a type of condensing boiler that comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s a compact and efficient unit that heats cold water as you use it.
This could save you money on energy because it heats on a need-to-use basis. Unfortunately, it struggles to produce large quantities of water at a given time, due to the size of the unit.
The heat-only boiler on the other hand supplies hot and cold water separately. This ensures that you don’t have problems with getting enough hot water. However, this inevitably takes up more space given the separate systems and is less energy-efficient.
Oil boilers are notable alternatives that don’t need to be connected to the main gas supply. The primary difference, of course, is that oil boilers use oil rather than gas to heat the water pipes. However, this is more expensive and logistically challenging, because you have to find the oil supply yourself.
Biomass boilers are another option, and they rely on wood to generate heat. These are cheaper in comparison to oil boilers, and are very energy-efficient. It also uses sustainable fuel, which lowers your carbon footprint.
With journalist Adam Vaughan discussing how households are being hit by energy price hikes and fuel poverty, it’s high time to switch to more energy-efficient models. Through a new and improved boiler, you will also add value to your home in the long run.
Common mistakes when installing a boiler
Choosing the type of boiler is just half the battle. One common mistake when installing a new boiler is not getting quotes that include warranties, guarantees and certificates. You don’t want to see the bill and realise you haven’t factored in these administrative costs in your budget.
It’s only with these figures that a household can make a smart decision on what boiler to get. Also, remember to get a technical survey of the house so that the installers can assess the water supply and pipe requirements. You also don’t want to decide on a boiler then
Having a technical survey will avoid wasting money and effort in the long run. The Express also stresses the importance of being involved during the installation so that you know how to fix your boiler if it breaks. While it’s tempting to just leave everything up to the experts, it pays to be involved.
Understanding how your boiler works and knowing how to resolve any issues yourself could save you additional costs and you won’t have to wait for an engineer to fix it.
Hopefully, these tips will be useful if you are considering replacing and upgrading your boiler. The key point to remember is to make sure you do enough research to make sure you are getting the right boiler for your home.