New Gas Boilers – Things to consider
A boiler is one of the most vital devices in our homes. They keep us warm in the winter months and provide us with hot water all year round.
As your boiler is so important and vital to your home, it is important to look after it as best you can. This means carrying out regular safety checks and attending to any repairs as quickly as possible. So, why should you check your boiler regularly?
The boiler is central to the heating of our home, so if it breaks down it can really spell disaster – especially in the winter months.
Having the boiler regularly checked by a registered gas engineer competent do so & at least once a year, is important. But remember you can also check certain things too just by switching on your heating at the end of the summer for instance, just before you are about to start using it more regularly. As usage is reduced in summer, you might not notice any problems and could subsequently end up with a nasty surprise come autumn. In most situations, you’ll be able to see if there’s a problem before something major happens. This could be anything from the radiators being colder than they should to an unusual increase in energy usage and bills.
It is also worth noting that older G Rated boilers are likely to encounter more problems and breakdowns. So, if your boiler is older than 10 years, check it more regularly.
Purchasing a new boiler
Boiler repairs can be expensive and the bills can really add up if you have an older model that is susceptible to breakdown.
If your boiler is getting old, investing in a new model could prove more cost effective in the long run. Not only is it likely to break down less, but newer boilers offer far greater energy efficiency than old models.
The first thing to look for in a new boiler is its energy efficiency rating. According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old boiler with an A-rated high efficiency condensing boiler can save as much as £300 a year. Have a look for yourself by using our boiler efficiency calculator.
Condensing boilers are best for energy consumption as they have bigger heat exchangers, meaning more heat is recovered.
When it comes to choosing a new boiler, you’ll need to think about what type of boiler is best for your home. If you have a mains gas supply then a gas boiler will offer the cheapest heating system while a combi boiler can offer better overall efficiency.
Try out our new boiler price guide if you are just budgeting or contact us for a free no obligation quotation.