The demand for condensing boilers, sometimes called high-efficiency boilers, has risen greatly over the past decade. Condensing boilers are generally at least 25% more efficient than a non-condensing boiler, which means that you can get more disposable heat from the fuel you burn. Condensing boilers can help you to save money on fuel costs up to £310 annually, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
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The Cost of Condensing Boilers
People tend to have common questions regarding alternative sources of energy and more specifically regarding condensing boilers—whether the investments of purchasing and installing the new boiler will pay off. Condensing boilers price is approximately £2,000 in the UK, depending on the size, structure and needs of your household. In comparison, a conventional boiler for the same size home would be cheaper—around £1,300.
There are also the installing costs of your condensing boiler—running up to £1,000. This additional cost of installing a condensing boiler should be earned back in between 2 and 4 years when taking into consideration the exact cost of fuel at the time. After recovering from the installation costs, the savings will be pure profit. Bearing in mind that condensing boilers are likely to last 15-20 years, the profit will be considerable, and in addition condensing boilers will help to reduce your carbon footprint, since less fuel will be used than with conventional boilers. For an average household, the condensing boiler will save around £25-50 per month.
In sum, you will discover that your condensing boiler system will offer considerable money savings, while also minimising the use of energy. These advantages will make condensing boilers one of the most available and effective alternative household energy producers currently accessible.
The Cost of Condensing Boiler Maintenance
Condensing boilers do not require regular servicing, and they certainly do not require more care than conventional boiler systems. However, it is necessary to make sure that your installer and boiler-servicing expert are experienced since quality is the focal point of the initial installation.
There are also steps that you can take to guarantee the reliability of your condensing boiler. For instance, you should control the liquid in your heat exchangers and make sure it has the correct ph. This maintenance contains adding anti-corrosion agents to the heat exchangers, which are made of stainless steel and aluminium, in order to avoid wearing them out because of the amount of condensation involved.
How much energy and money can I save with a condensing boiler?
Since condensing boilers are much more efficient than their conventional counterparts when turning fuel into usable heat, in general, less fuel is required to heat both your water and your home. This efficiency could lead to savings of more than £225 per year on your gas heating bills when compared conventional boiler types.
If I consider buying a new boiler, does it have to be a condensing boiler?
The answer is yes. In the UK, government legislation now demands all new boilers to be the condensing type, except if there is no possibility of installing one – that is the case when there is no option to provide a fitting drainage.
How is the 'seasonal efficiency of a domestic boiler in the UK' rating calculated?
The 'seasonal efficiency of a domestic boiler in the UK' (Sedbuk) rating for boilers is calculated from the outcome of standard laboratory experiments, together with other important aspects such as boiler type and the kind of fuel it is using. In sum, Sedbuk describes the boiler's efficiency.
How reliable are condensing boilers?
Condensing boilers are reliable if serviced and maintained regularly. The most common problem that the owners of a condensing boiler face is the blocked drainage pipe, caused by faulty installation.
Why should I get a condensing boiler?
There are several benefits to gain from installing a condensing boiler, such as lower energy bills and lower carbon emissions. A condensing boiler is an eco-friendly choice that will save around 1, 220 kg CO2 annually. Some condensing boiler manufacturers also state that approximately 98% thermal efficiency can be reached with a condensing model compared to the 70-80% reached with conventional models.