Technology in new boilers has advanced tremendously in the last 10 years. Boilers do not need to have separate hot water tanks and can heat water as you use it.
Modern boilers have a large heat exchanger which traps more heat and releases cooler gases, which makes them more environmentally friendly and more cost effective to run
Modern boilers are condensing boilers which are water heaters fuelled by gas or oil. They achieve high efficiency (typically greater than 90%) by condensing water vapour in the exhaust gases and so recovering the latent heat, which would otherwise have been wasted.
There are several types of modern boilers and it depends on your requirements which will be most suitable for you.
Types of modern boilers
- System boilers – are great for larger families. A system boiler does require a hot water storage cylinder, but there is no need for a tank in the loft. The boiler has components to provide both heating and hot water and is also compatible with solar water heating systems, which makes it environmental friendly as well as providing lower energy bills.
- Combi boilers – are more suitable for smaller households. A combination or ‘combi’ boiler is both a highly efficient water heater and a central heating boiler in a single compact unit. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains, so you won’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water storage tank in the roof space
- Micro Combined Heat & Power (MCHP) These are boilers which use a gas supply, but they generate electricity at the same time, which can be fed into home usage or resold to the National Grid – from which you can earn revenue.
The price range of new boilers is quite wide. They range from £500 to £2500 or more and there will also be a fee for installation, but you can claw back some money by selling your old boiler or offering it as part exchange with the retailer. However the increased energy efficiency of your new boiler will invariably reduce your energy bills over the course of a year quickly giving you a return on your investment
Once fitted an annual service of the boiler will ensure the boiler continues to run efficiently and safely.
In addition to lowering you energy bills a modern boiler will also reduce noise levels and pollution.
The important task is to ensure you get the right boiler for your requirements.
If you are wondering whether to get a new boiler, get in touch with Range Heating and one of our expert heating engineers will visit your home for a free consultation!