Nowadays, energy efficiency is very important. Having a reliable and efficient boiler will help you to increase your savings and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.
Many people believe that the solution to increasing energy efficiency is installing a new boiler. This can be a good idea sometimes but isn’t always the best thing to do.
We suggest asking yourself these 8 questions before deciding whether to replace your boiler.
1. How efficient is your boiler?
You can see how efficient you boiler is by putting its details into this database. Many people buy a new boiler as they think that it could be more efficient compared to their current one. However, compare your boiler’s efficiency with a new one before you decide to buy it. You might learn that your boiler is more efficient than you thought and isn’t worth replacing.
2. How old is your boiler?
If your boiler is more than 15 years old it may save you money to replace it. But see how efficient it is before you decide to change it – some old boilers can be really efficient and are not worth changing.
3. Is your boiler reliable?
You need a reliable boiler, especially in winter. If your boiler is unreliable then it may be worth replacing. However, if it appears to be working well then consider whether you actually need a new one.
4. Have you been looking after your boiler?
If your boiler is unreliable, have you been maintaining it? If you have serviced it regularly and it’s still not working correctly you might require a new one. But if you’ve been maintaining your boiler and it’s efficient then it’s likely to be worth keeping.
5. Are you spending lots of money on repairing your boiler?
If your boiler keeps breaking and requires repairing regularly, calculate how much you’ve been spending on it and compare this with how much a new boiler costs. You might find that you’ll save money in the long run by buying a new boiler instead of repeatedly fixing your current one.
6. Do you have old controls?
If you have old boiler controls that are hard to use then try changing these before you get a new boiler. Modern controls make it easier to manage your heating system and tend to make it more efficient.
7. Has your household changed since you bought your current boiler?
To be as cost and energy efficient as possible you need a boiler that is suitable for your household. You may find that your household has got bigger or smaller since you bought your existing boiler. If this is the case it may be a good plan to get a new boiler that is more suitable for your home.
8. Can you get help buying a new boiler?
You may be entitled to financial help with purchasing a new boiler if you are on certain benefits or have a low income. This is through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which is a government scheme created to reduce carbon emissions and fight fuel poverty. Funding might make a significant difference to you if you need a new boiler but don’t have the money to buy one. To find out more about the scheme and whether you are eligible, visit the Ofgem website.
If you do decide you need a new boiler, ensure you get a few quotes from different boiler engineers. This will help you to get the best possible price.