With money being as tight as it is, it is likely that you are just 1 of the many people in the UK who are looking at their outgoings with a view to making some cutbacks.
With the price of fuels such as gas, oil and electric going up (with no signs of stopping over the next few years), identifying ways to reduce the amount you spend on your heating costs can go a long way to making a significant impact on your monthly costs.
Fortunately the technology involved in the development of the modern boiler has jumped on leaps & bounds in recent years, with the main reason for this being the massive improvement in condensing technology.
Most modern boilers are condensing boilers. In laymen’s terms this means that they are able to utilise a lot more of the heat energy that they produce.
Boilers burn fuel when generating heat energy and a series of waste gases are produced as part of this process. These waste gases need to be removed from the property as it can be a serious health risk if they are allowed to build up with the property.
The way this is done is by fitting the boiler with a flue which acts very much like a chimney, allowing the waste gases to be released from the property. Unfortunately with non-condensing boilers, a substantial amount of useful heat energy is lost as part of this process.
Condensing boiler are designed to tackle this problem and tend to have longer heat exchangers that are able to catch more of the heat energy and pull it back for use within the central heating system. This makes the whole process a lot more efficient, enabling you as a homeowner to use a lot more of the heat energy that you have already paid out to generate.
As a result almost all modern combi boilers (for example) are A-rated condensing boilers, offering premium efficiency levels above 90%. This is fantastic news for all homeowners as it means their central heating systems are benefitting from a much more efficient fuel supply, meaning the heating system needs to be utilised less, helping you to save a substantial amount of money.
In some cases moving from an inefficient G-rated boiler to a new condensing A-rated boiler has been known to save upwards of £310 a year – a fair bit of money that would certainly be welcome to pay off with other bills…or even the odd holiday!
If you haven’t yet made the move to an A-rated boiler there couldn’t be a better time to do so, with fantastic deals available from Gas Safe registered heating companies such as BeeXpress Plumbing and Heating. The sooner you make the change the sooner you can start planning how you are going to save all that money you are saving!
About the author: Tom Key works for Direct Heating Supplies, a leading heating & plumbing supplies retailer based in Sittingbourne, Kent.