60% of our energy bills go on heating, so it’s imperative that you have an efficient boiler to make sure you’re not spending any more money than you should be.
It can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to make a decision about which combi boiler to buy, so we’ve put together some top tips for ensuring that you pick the right boiler for your needs. As long as you make the right choices, you could have your combi boiler for at least 15 years.
Decide your budget
It’s important to be realistic about how much you have to spend on a boiler. It’s important to remember that buying a new combi boiler is an investment, and whilst it won’t be the cheapest thing you’ve ever bought it’s well worth making spending money on.
Think about how much you have to spend and then do some research on how efficient your current boiler is. If it’s very old, it could be less than 70% efficient, so replacing your boiler with an A-rated combi boiler could save you £215 per year. That means that although it could cost over £1000 to replace your boiler, you could end up recouping the costs quicker than you think.
It’s important to get quotes from a range of companies when you’re looking to replace your combi boiler. Costs will vary from installer to installer, so you want to make sure you get prices from more than one company to make sure you’re getting the best deal. It’s also a good idea to get more than one quote so you can weed out the dodgy traders from the reputable engineers.
Decide the size combi boiler you need
Boilers differ in size depending on how much heat you need to generate for your home. Think about how many people there are in your home and how many bathrooms you have, as this will affect the amount of hot water you need. Any good Gas Safe registered engineer should be able to recommend a boiler size for your home.
Decide if you want the boiler re-sited
If you think you want your boiler moved, make your decision before hiring the installer so they know what to expect. If you’re going from a standard condensing boiler with a water cylinder and tank to a combi boiler, you might decide you’d rather have your new combi boiler in the kitchen as it takes up less space. Then you can use the airing cupboard space for something else.
Prepare for the new boiler
When you’ve made an appointment with an engineer to fit your new boiler, make sure you prepare the area so they will be able to install the boiler quickly and easily. Clear the space around where the boiler will sit and anywhere else where the installer may need access to.
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