Learn More About New Boilers
The cost of fitting a new boiler is a matter of concern to many households who are looking into replacing their boiler. Not everyone know the cost of a new boiler initially, but this article will help you look into ways to save on that cost.
Moreover, not everyone is aware that there is a helpful range of government grants for helping people to buy new boilers. According to where you live in the UK, there are different new boiler grants for which you could be eligible.
Read on to figure out just how much money and/or welfare you may be entitled to.
The Benefits of New Boilers and New Boiler Grants
There is one overwhelming benefit to grants for new boilers, which is that having one could save you a great deal of money – ideal when you find the cost of new boiler installation prohibitive.
But why install a boiler at all? You might want to think about buying a new boiler if:
You’re moving home – your new property may not have a boiler suitable for your needs, it could also be out-dated and inefficient
You’re renovating – improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home should be your first priority when making any home improvements. Ensuring you have a new, efficient boiler to keep your home warm and supplied with hot water is top of the list and can boost the value of your property
Your current boiler is over 10 years old – boiler technology has advanced greatly over recent years, so it’s likely that if you bought yours over 10 years ago it’s not as efficient as it could be. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) says that replacing an old boiler with a new A-rated model and improving your heating controls could save you up to £310 a year on your fuel bills and cut your household carbon emissions by 1,220kg
The Range of New Boiler Costs
New boilers vary in price depending on type, brand, size and the type of fuel they use. It’s important to choose the model that’s right for your property; here are some new boiler prices from the most popular manufacturers on the market:
- New Baxi boilers cost between £730 and £830
- It’ll cost between £560 and £980 to purchase a new Glow-Worm boiler
- Well-know manufacturer Vaillant sell new boilers for between £740 and £1,100
- Worcester Greenstar new boilers cost between £1,300 and £2,100
Get more information on new boiler prices.
New boiler installation costs
It’s important to hire a qualified engineer to install your new boiler. This way you can be sure you boiler meets legal safety and energy efficiency requirements. Hire a:
- Gas Safe registered engineer for new gas boiler installation
- A qualified electrician to install a new electric boiler
- A member of the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) for oil boiler installation
- A HETAS engineer to install a new solid-fuel boiler
Still wondering about overall new boiler cost and installation? Here are some guide prices for new boiler installation costs:
- According to Which? it will cost £600 to install a new boiler in the same position as an old one
- Installing a new boiler in a different location will cost between £1,500 and £1,800, reports Which?
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What should you look for in a new boiler?
As well as considering the cost of new boilers, there are other factors to bear in mind:
1) Planning Considerations – Firstly, make sure that you don’t need planning permission to install your new boiler – this may be necessary if you live in a listed building or need to install a new flue outside of your home
2) Regulations – To satisfy building regulations, make sure your new boiler is A-rated or at least 88% efficient as judged by the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (SEDBUK) scale
3) New Boiler Model – It’s a legal requirement that all new boilers are condensing models. The difference between a condensing and non-condensing boiler is that condensing boilers convert more waste heat into energy, saving you money and helping the environment. If a boiler engineer deems your home unsuitable for a condensing boiler (this is very rare), you will receive a certificate to prove you can install a non-condensing mode
4) Heating Controls – Make sure you install proper heating controls along with your new boiler as per part L of building regulations. This means installing, at the very least, a good thermostat.
5) Regular or Combi? – You may need to choose between a regular system boiler and a combi boiler. System boilers have a cylinder to store hot water in and are good for big homes whereas combis heat water as needed and therefore don’t need a water tank. Consider a combi if you live in a small property
New boiler grants
Before you buy a new boiler, check whether you’re eligible for a grant towards the cost. The following schemes could provide you with cash towards your new boiler:
The Scottish boiler scrappage scheme provides £400 towards new boiler costs.
The new Green Deal scheme provides up financing for English residents who meet eligibility criteria.
The Warm Homes scheme operates a similar service for those in Northern Ireland while the
Fuel Poverty scheme helps Welsh residents out with the cost of buying a new boiler.
All energy suppliers are obliged offer customers grants and discounts towards the cost of new boilers; so ring around to see what kind of deals you could receive.
Applying for Grants
This guide about new boiler costs and boiler grants is a jumping off point from which you can discover what boiler grant assistance is available. It’s always worth contacting your local authority or Home Improvement Agency (HIA) to see if you qualify for a boiler grant when buying a new boiler.
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