It’s a common occurrence, battling through age-old manuals belonging to an increasingly spluttering and ailing boiler that is stubbornly refusing to do its job. This normally happens at the most inopportune times, such as a Monday morning, desperately trying to get to work, just as a cold snap hits and your feet turn to ice or when the in-laws come to stay. Of course, their boiler would never let them down.
In all seriousness, you may or may not know but a boiler of fifteen years old or more is probably not doing its job as well as you would like. As with anything mechanical, time can be unkind and as advances in technology are made, certain aspects of old boilers become outdated. Perhaps more seriously, older boilers can carry more of a health risk for you and for your family. Every year, families are needlessly killed by toxic fumes from dangerous old boilers. Most of these are tragedies that need never have happened.
The cost may seem daunting initially, but installing a modern boiler can actually see your heating bills decreasing over time. In fact, some statistics suggest that a new boiler plus manageable controls can result in bills being slashed by as much as 25%. All of this is because their efficiency far outweighs any older counterparts.
For example, many regular boilers are FITTED with a heat exchanger that works to use steam more than once as opposed to emitting it straightaway. Reduced emissions equal reduced bills. For households with just one bathroom, a new combi boiler is a good option. With this boiler type, the water used is heated as needed. Therefore, the boiler has an easier time and so does your bank balance.
Aside from cost, safety is a key issue as alluded to before. If your boiler is over a certain age, you cannot be certain that it was installed absolutely accurately. At present, all plumbers think about safety on fit gas appliances and they are registered with a scheme called Gas Safe, which assures customers of the highest quality of installation.
Getting a new boiler installed is also a good opportunity for potential home improvements. There is little point in investing in a money saving boiler if heat is escaping through badly insulated walls and ceilings. So it might also be the time to ensure energy efficiency is in place across your home. Furthermore, many older properties will have boilers FITTED in the most unusual of locations. Nowadays, companies such as Glow Worm Boilers offer units in all shapes and sizes for all types of spaces and properties. Therefore, having a modern boiler fitted means, space allowing, you can relocate it to a less obtrusive part of the house. That’s something that is sure to impress even the most discerning of in-laws!