If you have been thinking about getting a boiler upgrade, perhaps the main reason you have not gotten one yet is because you are wondering if it is actually worth it.
Fifty-five percent of your annual energy bill is your boiler. Hence, an efficient boiler can make a big difference. A boiler replacement can save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bill alone, not to mention that if your boiler is new, it is less likely to need boiler repairs.
When to do a boiler upgrade?
A boiler upgrade is recommended if your boiler is 15 years old or older. This is true even if you are not experiencing constant and consistent boiler issues. If you have a very old boiler, it is probably running at 70% efficiency or lower – even if you are not seeing any apparent problems – as it is wasting the 30% of the fuel it burns. New natural gas boilers typically run at 90% efficiency or higher. You also cannot rely on an old boiler – it can break any time.
Why are new boilers more efficient?
Over the last decade, boiler technology has seen great advances that allow newer models to be highly efficient. One reason for this is that new models are all condensing boilers. This means the boiler has a bigger heat exchanger, allowing it to recover more heat. There are less hot gasses that escape up the flue.
Still not convinced? Here are other reasons you should do a boiler upgrade:
- The older you boiler gets, the more difficult it will be to find spare parts when something breaks.
- Newer models are available in various shapes, sizes and even colors. You can free up some space in your home by switching to a smaller, more compact boiler.
While the process of replacing your boiler can sound like a lot of work, having professionally trained experts do the boiler installation and other services will help you out a lot. Not only are you assured that the process is done correctly and smoothly, you can also seek advice on what type of boiler will be best for your home or what brand will meet your budget.