Simple steps to take for a hassle free boiler installation
It may not be exciting but a boiler is one of the most important purchases you can make. Know what to expect and be prepared with our boiler buying guide.
Types of Boiler
With a few exceptions all new and replacement boilers must be high efficiency condensing boilers that can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25%* and could save you up to £305* per year on your heating bills. It makes sense to embrace this new technology and accept that the slightly higher initial purchase cost will re-couped through lower heating bills.
The next stage is to determine what type of condensing boiler will best suit your lifestyle and home. Regular (also known as conventional or traditional boilers), System or Combi?
In most cases this will be determined for you, if you live in a flat you’ll most probably need a combi boiler, if you have a large family home with no space restrictions then a regular boiler or system boiler will be best suited. Either way this is a job for an expert.
When it comes to choosing a brand of boiler for your home there’s a lot to think about. From prices to efficiency ratings, we’ve summed up everything you need to know about some of the main boiler manufacturers on the UK market.
Get 3 Quotes
We recommend you get 3 quotes from local and national installers. This will not only give you a good feel for the price you should be paying but will also enable you to assess their professionalism and knowledge against each other. Use boiler quotation services such as that offered by Boiler Guide to contact local heating engineers on your behalf.
Bear in mind nationwide firms may be a little more expensive but often provide comprehensive after sales service and support packages.
Before the engineer arrives to inspect your home be prepared. The engineer should ask you some important questions about your lifestyle and current system. This will enable correct specification of the boiler and central heating system. For more information about the type of system you may have in your home, check out our guide to central heating systems.
Have a think about
- Where the new boiler will be sited. New condensing boilers produce a plume of steam due to the lower temperature of the exhaust gas from the flue compared to older type boilers. This plume can be a nuisance for you and your neighbours so it’s worth considering the implications of siting the flue in the same location. The engineer will be able to help with this but bear in mind it may be an issue.
- Your living habits. For example, is there potential for more than one shower to be used at any one time and how well your current boiler copes with demand.
- Future plans. Do you have any plans to extend your house or convert the loft? Regular boilers require loft space for feed and expansion tanks, System and Combi boilers don’t.
- Your budget. Know your budget, don’t be persuaded to spend more than you are comfortable with. It may be worth checking out any finance deals on offer.