14th Nov 2014

Is it time to upgrade to an energy efficient boiler?


With winter fast approaching, it’s important to ensure that your home is ready for an impromptu cold snap; with such sporadic weather, it’s difficult to tell when this may actually occur. With this in mind, upgrading your boiler to a more energy efficient one could be the best way to beat the winter blues.

How can you tell when your boiler needs replacing?

It can be hard to let go of your old boiler, especially if you are unsure as to whether or not there’s any need to replace it. However, keeping an eye out for certain signs and warnings allows you to decipher whether or not your boiler is on the brink.

If you haven’t had your boiler serviced for more than a year, then this is the first sign that your boiler isn’t working as efficiently as it could be. Without regular checks by a qualified professional, you may not notice any changes in your boiler’s behaviour, which could be detrimental to both your boiler and your family’s well being.

However, in between services, there are certain warning signs you should look out for. If you notice a water leak at the base of your boiler, for example, this could be a sign of damage within the boiler system, something which needs addressing immediately.

Similarly, a carbon monoxide leak can be fatal, as it is undetectable to human senses. Regular checks on your old boiler will ensure that this doesn’t happen, but replacing your old boiler will give you even more piece of mind.

Look out for any unusual noises that your boiler makes, as they may be an indication that something is wrong internally, and irregular and unpredictable water temperature.

What makes a boiler energy efficient?

So now you know what to look for to decide if your boiler needs replacing, you now need to know what you’re replacing it with. Energy efficient boilers differ in the fact that they have a larger heat exchanger, which means that they can recover more of that heat, hence the ‘energy’, and then cooler gases are released back up the flue.

These new contraptions are known as ‘condensing’ boilers because they condense the vapours released to create the energy. With traditional style boilers, these vapours would simply be wasted, and less heat produced, therefore more fuel would be needed. By replacing your old boiler for new, you will have a more efficient, safer, and greener boiler to heat your household.

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