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The benefits of replacing your boiler

If your boiler’s been on the blink, or you’re just planning for the future, you may be wondering what benefits you can expect from a boiler upgrade. After all, a new boiler is a big investment, and you’ll want to be sure about precisely what you stand to gain. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the key advantages to saying out with the old, and in with the new.

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The benefits of replacing your boiler…

If your boiler’s on the blink; or you’re just planning for the future; you might be wondering what benefits you can expect from a boiler upgrade.

After all, a new boiler is a big investment. And you’ll want to be sure about precisely what you stand to gain.

In this blog, we look at some of the key advantages to saying out with the old; and in with the new.

1.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: A warmer, more comfortable home

A family putting coins into a piggy bankIf you’ve been putting up with a heating system that takes ages to kick-in; or arguing with family members over who’s used all the hot water; then you’re bound to feel the benefits that a new; modern boiler can bring to your home.

With a boiler replacement, you don’t have to simply swap like-for-like. You can change to a different type of boiler system.

If you’ve outgrown your current combi boiler; and your large family is using loads of hot water; you should consider changing to a system or heat-only boiler.

Conversely, if you’ve got a smaller family; you might be producing more energy than you need – increasing your bills and generating unnecessary emissions. In this case, you might be better off with a combi boiler.

The Heating People are here to help you to decide what options are best for you; to ensure that your house is always warm, and your baths are always hot. 

2.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: More control

If you’re replacing an old boiler with a much newer one; chances are, your new model will give you much more control.

Whilst most installers already saw time and temperature controls on boilers to be an essential component of a heating system; Boiler Plus made this mandatory.

Boiler Plus also requires that new combi boilers have another energy efficiency measure to be in place; one of which could be smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions.

Smart controls

‘Smart’ stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology” and covers a large group of controls.

Smart controls can often connect to the internet and can be controlled remotely through a tablet or smartphone. This means that you have much greater control over your heating, from wherever you are, at any time of day.

Optimisers are convenient because they work out how long it takes your house to heat up; and turn the heating on at the right time; so your house will be up to temperature just in time for when you need it.

For example, if you get up at 7.30am in the morning, you can set your programmer to 7.30am; and your thermostat to whatever you choose. And the optimiser will work out when to fire up the boiler; so the house is up to the temperature you set by 7.30am.

In colder weather, it will fire up earlier and in milder weather it will wait, saving you energy and money.

So, as well as being convenient and improving your comfort; smart controls will potentially save you money on your energy bills.

Wolseley found that homeowners had a 20% decrease in their heating costs; when using smart controls compared to the previous year with a standard thermostat.

3.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Reduced energy bills

With gas prices on the rise, chances are you’re hoping to reduce your energy bills.

Having an energy efficient boiler will reduce the amount of money you’re spending on energy. This is because an efficient boiler needs to burn less fuel than an inefficient boiler to do the same job.

Old boilers burn their fuel inefficiently. Because they don’t have the condensing technology and other energy saving devices that we have today.

And many homes still have these old inefficient boilers, which also become even more inefficient with age.

All new boilers must be ErP A-rated for efficiency. This means that they’re more than 90% efficient. But, if you’ve got an old G-rated boiler, this could be less than 70% efficient.

To put this into context, with a G-rated boiler; for every £1 you spend on your heating bill; you are wasting 30p on lost energy.

According to The Energy Saving Trust; you could save £340 a year on your gas bill; by trading in an old-non-condensing boiler for a new condensing one.

4.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Reduced carbon footprint

We’re all starting to appreciate our own social responsibility in finding cleaner and smarter ways of heating our homes. Not just to save money on energy bills, but to reduce carbon emissions.

In 2015 in Paris, the government committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, by signing the Paris Agreement.

This made the UK the first major economy in the world to legislate for a Net Zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As manufacturers understand more about the technology and its impact on the environment, they make improvements to how it runs.

The gas boilers we use today are much more efficient than the boilers of just a few years ago.

We now use smart controls; weather compensation; load compensation; flue gas heat recovery systems; and a whole host of other energy saving devices alongside our boilers.

So, by installing a new, more efficient boiler, you are also helping the environment. It’s estimated that by moving to an A-rated boiler, you could save the environment 1,500kg of carbon dioxide per year.

5.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Peace of mind

If your old boiler has been temperamental and has been breaking down; you’ll love the peace of mind a new boiler will bring.

You’ll end all the stress and inconvenience of having to arrange frequent last-minute call-outs and repairs with a heating engineer.

A new boiler should work better for longer; and you might benefit from the reassurance of a manufacturer’s guarantee on your new model. This means that should anything go wrong; your repairs will be paid for.

All new boilers installed by The Heating People come with a guarantee of up to 14 years.

6.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Reduced repair costs

If you’ve been forking out on frequent repairs for your old boiler; often with expensive obsolete parts; you’ll be saving money with a new boiler.

A new boiler should run smoothly for a long time; and this will often be backed up by a manufacturer’s guarantee. 

7.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Quieter boiler operation

A woman with a finger on her lips.If your old boiler was noisy, you might well notice how much you don’t notice your new one!

Due to improved design, new boilers can be significantly quieter than older ones. Many of Vaillant’s boilers have been awarded the Quiet Mark, which identifies the quietest home appliances and technology.

8.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Space saving

If you switch from a heat-only or a system boiler to a combi boiler; you’ll save space in your home, because combis don’t need external tanks or cylinders.

So, this could free up cupboard space for you, which can be particularly beneficial in smaller homes.

9.   The benefits of replacing your boiler: Hot water on demand

If you switch from a heat-only boiler to a combi boiler; you’ll have hot water on demand because combi’s don’t have a water tank to heat up.

This means that you won’t have to wait for your water to get hot enough for a bath. And it’s ideal in busy homes where showers may be used back-to-back each morning.

10.  Meet high demands for hot water

Conversely, if you currently have a combi boiler that is struggling because you have a large demand for hot water at the same time (say for multiple showers at once). You might benefit from replacing it with a heat-only boiler system; which can supply multiple outlets at the same time because of their hot water stores.

11.  The benefits of replacing your boiler: Make your home more attractive to buyers

If you’re planning on moving home soon, a new A-rated boiler can make your property more attractive to prospective buyers.

Although you might think it’s a waste of money to invest in a new heating system that you won’t benefit from; research has found that a new boiler could add at least £8,000 to the price of your property.

Final thoughts…

We hope you’ve found this useful.

You might like our related blogs: 6 Top tips for buying a new boiler and The best combi boilers 2022.

So, if you’re interested in finding out more about what you stand to gain, why not book your free survey with The Heating People today?

Useful Links:

Fact sheet on Boiler Plus

Consultation response on Boiler Plus

Government report: ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Revolution.’

The Energy Saving Trust advice on boilers