Baxi Claims Back Boilers Back in Business
By Rob Hull on August 3, 2010
The heating boiler is an essential fixture in most homes throughout the UK; although, recent new builds have employed designs that are sufficiently energy efficient as to eliminate the need for boilers.
Notwithstanding this, it remains standard practice to install boilers in new and existing homes to meet basic heating and hot water requirements. Following changes to the Building Regulations in 2005, however, all new boiler installations and replacements had to use high efficiency boilers.
Often referred to as condensing boilers, the high efficiency units proved to be problematic for existing Baxi Bermuda customers; indeed, until recently, Baxi Bermuda installations and replacements could not always conform to the new regulations
The Baxi Bermuda was introduced to the UK market in 1966 and quickly gained favour with customers, who were impressed by the boiler’s unique selling point: it was designed to be installed into an existing fire place, thereby saving space within the home.
The relatively good performance and reliability of Baxi Bermuda back boilers facilitated their popularity in all types of household – not merely those that required more space-saving; however, following the changes to the Building Regulations, it became apparent to many homeowners that replacing old back boiler units would be no simple – or inexpensive – procedure. In its pursuit of simplicity, the original Baxi Bermuda back boiler ended up complicating matters for many people.
Fortunately, Baxi has developed a solution to the problem faced by homeowners with old Bermuda installations. Having recently developed and launched its Baxi Bermuda BBU HE, which is the only condensing model available in the UK, homeowners in need of replacement back boilers need not worry about switching to conventional high efficiency boilers.
Because the Baxi Bermuda BBU HE is an A-rated, high efficiency condensing boiler, no special planning permission or paperwork is required to install such a unit in accordance with current Building Regulations.
Furthermore, the state-of-the-art back boiler includes a Valor Dimension electric fire as standard – a product that features patented hologram technology to create the illusion of a real coal fire. The Valor Dimension fire can produce a cosy 2kW of heat or it can act as a focal point without any heat output at all.