Here at Plumbmaster, we want you to get the most from the plumbing products in your home. That is why we always recommend getting your boiler serviced once a year. By making sure your boiler is in top condition, you can save yourself money. Similarly, when you are purchasing a boiler for your house, it is important you choose carefully and pick out a boiler that will save you the most money.
If you are looking to cut down on costs within your home, boiler efficiency should be one of the first areas you should look in to. Getting your boiler serviced is a great way to ensure it is doing the most effective job it can in heating your house. However, sometimes it can be even more effective to simply purchase a new boiler. Typically, the purchase of a new boiler is reserved only for when an old boiler has completely broken, however there are lots of highly efficient boilers on the market and purchasing a new one could end up being cheaper for you in the long run.
To help you decide, in this blog we are going to look at a few different types of boilers. Condensing boilers are fitted in all homes due to their energy efficiency (in some homes, they improve efficiency up to 90%), but there are 3 different types of condensing boilers. The ‘combi’ condensing boiler may already be installed in your home as it is one of the most popular choices. The ‘combi’ is for combined central heating and high efficiency water heating. This is a compact boiler and is very easy to install, making it perfect for smaller homes, especially those with one bathroom. Due to the small size of the combi, it is not going to be efficient for large homes. If there is more than one bathroom, you may find water pressure reduced and interrupted flow with water throughout the house. However, if you live in a flat or smaller house, this compact model is perfect for cost saving. Hot water is delivered through the taps and showers at mains pressure, removing the need for a pump and extra pipework, meaning this model is not only cost effective within the home, but it is also cost effective to install and allows hot water on demand.
Another type of condensed boiler is the ‘system’ boiler. The system boiler is much bigger than a combi boiler and installation can be pricier as space is needed for a cylinder – however the process is quick, easy, and the final product fits very neatly within the home. This boiler works by producing hot water from a cylinder and works on the principle of stored hot water. This hot water is then pumped throughout the heating system in your home at a high pressure, making it ideal for large homes with a numerous water outlets.
The third type of combi boiler is a regular boiler. These boilers can commonly be found in older homes and typically take up a lot more space than more modern boilers. They are great for use in large homes and those with multiple water outlets, however due to size and age, they can be expensive to repair should they breakdown. Nonetheless this is a popular choice for families as it allows large quantities of hot water on demand.
Regardless of the type of boiler you choose, the efficiency will also be determined by the age of your boiler and its efficiency rating. Boilers are rated through from A to G. An A rating being over 90% efficient, while a G rating being around 65% efficient. If your boiler is quite old, its efficiency rating may have dropped. For new boilers being installed, it is mandatory they have an efficiency of at least 88%, so if your boiler has become less and less efficient a new boiler may be the way to go to save money in the long run.
Completely replacing your boiler, rather than just repairing it can seem like an extreme step and the price can certainly be off-putting. However, if you are paying more than you should each month on your energy bills, you could find this will save you much more money down the line. Other ways to ensure you are not paying more than you should on your energy is to make sure your heating is not running while you are not in the house, making sure your home is properly insulated, and keeping your radiators uncovered so the heat can project effectively.
If you have any further queries on boilers, having yours serviced, or the type of boiler that would be most effective for your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our Plumbmaster experts will be more than happy to help you.