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Is A Condensing Boiler More Efficient?

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When it comes to your home, energy efficiency is everything. In recent years, a property’s EPC rating is crucial; anything lower than a ‘C’ and you’ll be paying a premium price for your bills.

Whether you want to live in your home long-term, or are thinking of selling up, there are a variety of ways to improve property performance-with boiler replacement at the very top of the list.

In this respect, condensing boilers are certainly having their heyday.

Utilising the very latest technology, condensing boilers ensuring you get hot water when you want it, rather than waiting for the tank to refill.

But are they really all they’re cracked up to be? It’s time to find out…

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If you live in a new build home that was constructed after 2007, you’re likely to have a condensing boiler.  This is due to legislation which came into effect from the 1st of April 2007, stipulating that all gas boilers installed in England and Wales from this point onwards MUST be condensing boilers

How Can I Tell If I Have A Condensing Boiler?

Wondering which boiler type you have in your home?  The age of your property provides a good indication of which boiler variety you currently have-as well as the boiler it should be replaced with.

Generally, it’s highly advisable to replace to like for like, as this saves you the time and hassle of having major alterations to your pipework.

If you live in a new build home that was constructed after 2007, you’re likely to have a condensing boiler.

This is due to legislation which came into effect from the 1st of April 2007, stipulating that all gas boilers installed in England and Wales from this point onwards MUST be condensing boilers.

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In terms of advantages, the benefits of a condensing boiler are pretty much unrivalled, with lowered energy costs and reduced carbon footprint at the very top of the list

How Does A Condensing Boiler Work?

Put simply, a condensing boiler works by recovering as much surplus heat produced to utilise it far more efficiently.

It achieves this effect thanks to its extra-large heat exchanger, which capitalises on the heat transfer from the burner as the condensing process takes place.

Compare this to a conventional boiler, where the heat easily escapes through the flue, and you can easily see why this boiler type is a far more persistent performer long-term.

What are the Advantages of a Condensing Boiler?

In terms of advantages, the benefits of a condensing boiler are pretty much unrivalled, with lowered energy costs and reduced carbon footprint at the very top of the list.

But that’s not all. Take a look at the additional advantages this boiler type offers your home:

Advantage No.1: It Saves Money Without Compromising Space

Unlike conventional boilers, condensing boilers don’t need a hot water tank to work.

As a result, they take up far less space in your home; in fact, they’re so neat and compact you can install them almost anywhere without short-changing your home on the space front.

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Although conventional boilers are relatively easy to use, condensing boilers are just as simple to operate-without requiring a timer to do so

Advantage No.2: It Provides an Unlimited Supply of Hot Water

Hankering after a hot shower that doesn’t turn tepid after a few minutes of use? A condensing boiler’s your number one ally; it provides consistent hot water on tap, with no anxious wait for the hot water cylinder to fully refill.

What’s more, they’re generally fitted with a stainless-steel heat exchanger that won’t corrode over time (avoiding you a costly replacement.)

Advantage No.3: It Possesses Simple Controls for Ease of Use

Although conventional boilers are relatively easy to use, condensing boilers are just as simple to operate-without requiring a timer to do so.

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Although they require a little more outlay than conventional models, condensing boilers more than make up for this in terms of both energy efficiency, and overall reliability

Are There Any Drawbacks to Installing A Condensing Boiler?

An age-old question; and one which certainly resurfaces time and time again amongst our customers!

The answer to this common conundrum is relatively simple; if you don’t have a stringently strict budget, then the drawbacks of this boiler are pretty-much non-existent!

Yes, they do require a little more outlay than conventional models, but they more than make up for this in terms of both energy efficiency, and overall reliability.

One other minor niggle that sometimes surfaces is whether they’re a lot more expensive to maintain. 

There’s no denying the complexity of these systems; however, to get the full story on their cost-effectiveness, you need to keep the long-term in mind. This boiler type has unrivalled longevity, and, consequently will far require less frequent replacement.

What Should I Watch for When Choosing A Contractor?

When choosing an installer for your boiler, accreditations provide a good indicator of quality; all legitimate contractors should be Gas Safety Registered.

Independent review sites, such as Trustpilot, provide an invaluable source of feedback on a firm; these feature a range of reviews from both existing and current customers on all aspects of a company’s service, as well as the integrity of their products.

In addition to the aspects mentioned above, reputable boiler installers should also have full liability insurance, and be able to provide genuine references from past jobs to provide a guide to their operational standards.

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Independent review sites, such as Trustpilot, provide an invaluable source of feedback on a firm; these feature a range of reviews from both existing and current customers on all aspects of a company’s service, as well as the integrity of their products

I want An Online Estimate for A Boiler-Is This Possible?

It certainly is-in fact, our online estimator can provide an instant online guide price for almost anything!

Simply input your measurements, customise your chosen option, and receive your estimate in a matter of minutes.You can easily adapt your quote to your liking; when you’re happy with your customised estimate, just click the contact button below your quote and our team will be in touch asap. Sorted!

Upgrade your EPC rating the easy way, with the help of Home Logic. Call 0800 1700 636 to get the ball rolling for your boiler today!