Benefits of upgrading your boiler

If you stop to think briefly about all the gas and electrical appliances in your home and which ones you'd miss if they suddenly cease working, your boiler will rank quite highly. 

And yet, many of us are guilty of scarcely giving our boiler much thought until something goes noticeably wrong with it.

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So, to train your mind a little on the possibility of upgrading your boiler now rather than waiting until an 'emergency' occurs, the team here at Thrift Energy thought we'd take you through some of the advantages that could await you from taking this course of action.

 

Greater energy efficiency – which means lower bills

 

Our homes' heating typically accounts for more than half of our total energy use, so you can appreciate how much money a more efficient boiler could save you over time.

 

Helped by the tendency for most new condensing boilers to be A-rated, which equates to an efficiency of 90% or more.

 

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat, and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) could slash as much as £315 off your household's annual fuel bills.

 

And, of course, a more energy-efficient boiler isn't just a great thing from the point of view of ongoing costs, as an A-rated boiler could also save you as much as 1,500kg of carbon dioxide a year.

 

Quieter operation

New boilers tend to sport more sophisticated designs and use higher-quality materials than their equivalents of years past.

 

You might think your boiler's noise is okay in your home. However, it's the thing that can make a big difference when the boiler is situated on the other side of a bedroom wall.

 

Smaller size

The most recent boilers also usually take up less space than older ones and provide more options for where they can be situated. 

 

You can hide yours behind a kitchen cupboard, which could free up space in your house to use in other ways.

Enhanced heating control

 

Upgrading your boiler to one with heating controls will also give you greater scope to adjust the temperature to exactly what you want in a shared space.

For example, many people prefer their bedroom to be slightly more relaxed than their living room. 

 

So, a boiler that allows you to be more precise about what temperature you wish each room of your house to be could boost day-to-day comfort in your home while simultaneously saving you money.

 

A new guarantee

Purchasing a new boiler also means getting an individual guarantee or warranty, which can be an additional source of peace of mind for years to come.

You might understandably ask, "do I need a guarantee? Am I ever likely to need it?" But look at it this way – the typical cost of an emergency call-out, including repairs, is more than £100 a visit.

 

Naturally, older boilers – like older cars – are more prone to breaking than their newer counterparts, which can cause the repair costs associated with them to rise over time.

 

Think of an MOT on a car that you might book for £50 and then end up with a bill of £250 once the test centre has inspected the vehicle, sourced the parts and fitted them. These are the costs that a boiler warranty can cover, so going without one can quickly become a false economy.

Naturally, different boiler brands and models come with other warranties or guarantees, so it's essential to check the length and terms before committing to a particular option.

 

There's a lot more than a new boiler could bring you other than the above, depending on the specific model you choose.