If you have higher heating bills than others who live in a similar house to you and are still cold, there is a good chance you need a new boiler. Now, I know the thought of replacing it is not appealing. But, as you will see, usually, it is worth doing it sooner rather than later.
Installation is not as much hassle as you think
Don’t be put off by the idea that there is going to be a lot of mess or that you are going to have to go for days without heating. Modern boilers are quick and easy to install – for example, check out iheat.co.uk. This is especially so if you buy a new combi style one. Also, they do not have a separate water tank, which helps to make the installation process easier and faster. In virtually every case, your new boiler will be up and running in under a day.
Your new boiler will usually pay for itself
I am not going to tell you that having a new boiler installed will be cheap in the short term. It is not. But, provided you choose wisely, the money you save over time due to your new boiler being far more efficient than your old one means it will usually pay for itself. How soon varies greatly, but it is typically between 8 and 12 years. If this is an important factor take some extra time to do your research. There are plenty of boiler calculators available online that you can use to help you with this.
You will feel warmer and more comfortable
The fact that your new boiler is more efficient will normally mean that you will feel warmer. If you find that is the case, try turning your thermostat down one degree at a time. This will enable you to find a setting that keeps everyone comfortable. Doing so could reduce your heating bill by more than you think. This government paper explains that turning your thermostat down by as little as 1 degree can reduce your heating bill by around 5%, or sometimes even more.
It can be good for the environment
Plus, of course, turning your heating down is better for the environment. The fact that you are burning through less gas or electric will reduce your carbon footprint.
New boilers, especially combi-boilers are extremely compact, so fewer materials are needed to make them. This is a plus because the energy needed to recycle them is less than it would be for most old-style boilers.
So, there you have it, four good reasons to consider upgrading your boiler. If you do decide to do it, take your time and do your research to make sure that you choose wisely.