Eco Vaillant boiler

What are the benefits of an eco-boiler?

You may know the term, but not be aware of what an eco boiler is.

Put simply, it is a boiler that is engineered to protect both you and the environment.

Traditional boilers are increasingly falling out of fashion, not least because they can be vulnerable to dangerous leakages of carbon monoxide.

Then, there’s air pollution from waste gas they emit if certain types of fuels are used to generate the heat.

Fossil fuels, for example, are hugely responsible for polluting the air.

The state-of-the-art technology used in the manufacture of eco boilers helps reduce heat loss and improve heat transfer, while boiler controls such as thermostatic radiator valves can control room temperature more efficiently.

An eco boiler can be more expensive to install, but it will pay you back with cheaper running costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

They are energy efficient

The technology used in an eco boiler will help reduce the amount of heat loss and improve heat transfer, so it is highly energy efficient.

Green boilers use less fuel for the same amount of work, and have an energy rating of 90 per cent, so you’ll make savings in the long term.

They’re innovative

Your green boiler will be simply a better design, work better and be less noisy than a traditional model.

Which type of eco boiler shall I choose?

There are two types of boilers to consider; biomass boilers and condensing boilers.

They’re engineered to help reduce your carbon footprint and improve the energy efficiency of your boiler.

Eco biomass boilers

The pros

  • Modern biomass burning stoves are more efficient for water heating needs.
  • Automatic biomass boilers can also control the amount of air and fuel needed to produce heat.
  • Biomass boilers have had financial support from the government under the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The cons

  • The carbon footprint of a biomass boiler or wood-burning stove depends very much on the source of the wood, according to Friends of the Earth, who say that in urban areas wood burning is coming under the spotlight because of its contribution to air pollution. However, the intensity of which will vary enormously between models of stoves and burners.
  • You will need a bigger space to store the boiler together with firewood and logs for fuel.

Eco condensing boilers

The pros

  • You can power a condensing boiler by either gas or oil.
  • They don’t need a separate hot water storage cylinder or cold water feed cistern and therefore take up less space than heat only boilers.
  • They can be compact in size which makes them great for apartments and smaller homes.
  • They are more efficient and can recycle heat that would otherwise be wasted.
  • They need only minimum maintenance.

Types of condensing boiler

Combi or combination boilers

  • You can run both your water and central heating off them.
  • They don’t need a separate hot water storage cylinder or cold water feed cistern so they take up less space.
  • You have to wait after turning on the tap for the water to heat up and the flow rate is limited.

Heat-only boilers

  • Great for powering radiators.
  • Good for larger homes.
  • They need to be connected to a separate hot water storage system that has a hot water cylinder and a cold water cistern.

Oil boilers

  • These are usually found in rural properties.
  • Good for properties that are not connected to the main gas supply.
  • Most oil boilers are fueled by kerosene and are floor standing. They also come in both combi and heat-only condensing models.

Five reasons to install and eco boiler

  1. The old one has broken down

You may consider getting it fixed, but you’ll probably end up paying out more money in the long run for constant repairs and higher running costs.

  1. Energy efficiency

New boilers are so much more energy efficient, so if you see your bills mounting up, it’s time to invest in a new boiler.

  1. It’s at the end of its lifespan

More than 15-years-old and you should consider replacing your boiler.

  1. Don’t leave it too late

When is the most likely time for it to break down? Winter, right? Do you really want to be without heat and water for days while you wait to get it replaced?

  1. It’s an investment

Your new eco boiler can add value to your house, which can be beneficial if you are looking to sell in the future.Find out which eco boiler will work for at

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