How To Choose The Best Boiler For Your Home
Replacing your domestic boiler is an important decision, and it’s worth doing a bit of research to get it right. There are plenty of options to match your house and budget, and the right choice will ensure you have an efficient modern boiler which can save a significant amount on your fuel bill.
With the average new boiler installation costing between £3,000 and £5,000, you may be overwhelmed by the whole process. It’s best not to rush or panic, even if you’re sat in the cold! Check out the heating and plumbing engineers in your local area, as many will offer a new boiler on finance, and can include an insurance and maintenance service as well.
Do some research into the most reliable brands of boiler, and of trusted local fitters. Have a good look at local review websites which carry recommendations. Bear in mind that quotes will vary between companies and cheapest is not always best, as there may be hidden drawbacks, or fewer options on things such as guarantees or service charges.
There are three main types of boiler to choose from:
· A combination boiler, which heats water as you need it, and therefore removes the need for a hot water storage tank.
· A heat-only boiler, or conventional boiler, which will require a storage tank or cylinder.
· A system boiler, which is similar to a heat-only boiler but with more components.
Combination boilers are the best choice for those who live in a small house, either alone or with one other person. A heat-only or system boiler is best for larger households with more than two occupants or multiple bathrooms.
If you currently have an old-style gas boiler, there is some good news in store! Modern gas-condensing boilers are far more energy-efficient, and will probably save you hundreds of pounds on your annual heating bill. Modern boilers have to meet an industry standard known as SAP 2009, so whatever brand you choose, be assured it will be super efficient.
To pick the correct size of boiler, bear in mind how much space your home has to accommodate it, and what the demands on the hot water and heating are in your household. If you want to fit the boiler into a small space, it’s best to take a tape measure to the area, then match the results with the dimensions in the product description.
Another thing to bear in mind when replacing your boiler is that there are government grants available, and eco-schemes. To qualify for these, you usually need to be a low-income household or in receipt of benefits. Some companies offer rental schemes, but beware of these, as in the long run, you are likely to pay far above the average cost of the boiler.
The best option is to buy the most appropriate boiler for your needs, either on finance or upfront, and ensure it runs efficiently by having it serviced annually. If you are unsure or would like extra advice, have a chat with your local heating engineer who will be able to offer expert advice.
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