Heating our homes accounts for approximately 60% of what we spend on energy bills, so it makes a great deal of sense to have an energy efficient boiler.

Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient. Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out, hence the name, and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.

Considerations when replacing a boiler

If your boiler is old and it’s time to change, you need to decide what type of boiler is right for you. Before you do much more find out if you could be entitled to financial assistance as subsides or even free replacements are still available if you are receiving certain benefits. Just check on this site to see if you qualify, it’s free and easy to do.

If you have mains gas, a gas boiler is likely to be the cheapest heating option. If you don’t have a gas supply to your home, it might be worth considering a form of low carbon heating such as a heat pump or biomass. With the renewable heat incentive these may be cheaper overall. Alternatively, you may want to get a gas connection to your home. The company that owns and operates the gas network in your area may be able to help with the cost of getting a new connection, and it may even be fully funded.

Can we help?

When changing your boiler there are many things to consider and getting expert help is essential. As a starting point check on this site to see if you are entitled to any financial assistance with your new boiler, if you met a certain criteria you may be able to replace it free of charge.

Winter is on its way!!!!

At this time of the year we are all thinking about the winter coming and hoping for an “Indian summer” to keep it as short as possible. Now is the time to check your heating and get your boiler serviced to ensure all is working efficiently.

When the first really cold spell starts people just start up their boilers thinking all will be fine but this is when partially functioning boilers fail. Any registered heating engineer will tell you this is their busiest time of the year and most problems are due to lack of servicing. Best advice is to get an appointment booked now to get your boiler serviced by a registered engineer. This action could potentially save you a great deal of money in the long run.

One other very simple way to ensure all is functioning as it should is to start the heating after the service and ensure all radiators have been bleed. This will ensure even distribution of heat and less waste of energy, very simple and easy way to save money.

Boiler not up to the job

If your boiler is not working efficiently you may well be entitled to a new one free of charge if you are on certain benefits. The cost of a new boiler varies due to size and location of installation. If your boiler is not work correctly it could well be costing you a great deal of money every year. It is a proven fact a new energy efficient boiler correctly installed could save you between £130 and £350 per year which is very worthwhile especially if it was free.

Need some help?

It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.