Did you know that your heating requirements make up approximately 60% of your expenses per year when it comes to your energy bills? Most of us may not even be aware of it, but the boilers we have can contribute a lot to our annual expenses on energy – and if you don’t have an efficient boiler, your energy bill is likely to increase as time goes by. Having an efficient boiler has now become a priority for many households in the UK, and for good reason. Let’s take a look at the primary reasons why it’s essential to have a truly efficient boiler for your home.
Enhance safety in your household
When you have a boiler that’s efficient, you know that your family is safe. Why so? Simply because an efficient boiler will not be likely to malfunction and produce carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide poisoning with old and inefficient boilers is a real problem, and what makes it worse is that it cannot be easily detected. The symptoms, which include nausea and dizziness, headaches, and difficulty breathing – are very similar to those of the flu and other ordinary conditions. Carbon monoxide gas is also odourless, so you’re not even aware that there is a leak before it’s too late. But if your boiler is regularly serviced or your old boiler is replaced with a new one, it will be more efficient and the likelihood of unsafe conditions for your household will be greatly reduced.
Save on your energy bills
If you have a boiler that is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it since it won’t be as efficient any longer. Most old boilers are non-condensing boilers, and they are less efficient than condensing boilers. Modern boilers are usually comprised of condensing boilers, which means that they not only burn fuel in a more efficient manner – they also have larger heat exchangers, so they recover more heat (less heat escapes through the flue). With a modern boiler that’s more efficient, you can save money on your energy bills as well.
What to consider when having your boiler replaced
There are many boiler installation services out there which can provide you with an excellent, timely and efficient service, but there are some things you need to consider when having your boiler replaced.
If your household is connected to mains gas, then your best and cheapest option is a gas boiler. Although oil heating is currently cheaper than gas heating, historically speaking, oil heating has generally been a bit costlier. If your home doesn’t have a gas supply, then you may want to think about biomass or heat pumps, which also fall under incentives for renewable heat.