Sometimes you choose to get a new boiler… and at other times, there’s no choice involved – it’s a necessity! If your boiler is due for a replacement, don’t wait until it packs in. Investing in a new boiler can ensure you keep your house toasty and warm all year round whilst reducing your energy costs through improved efficiency.
Getting a new boiler may seem like a large investment, but in the long run upgrading to a modern boiler can save you serious money because they will be more efficient than your ageing boiler and should come with a good warranty, saving you on any unexpected repair bills.
There are many different boiler makes and models available. It’s best to get a professional opinion on the right type of boiler for your home, and you can contact us for bespoke advice. Alternatively take a look at the following guide to identify how to pick the best boiler for you.
Different types of boiler
Your existing boiler may be connected to your gas central heating system, or it may be an oil boiler, liquid petroleum gas boiler or even a back boiler.
There are several different types of gas boiler: a combi boiler, a heat-only boiler, or a system boiler. Read on for more details about each type.
Combination or combi boiler
In the UK, this is one of the most popular types of boilers. Their popularity is due to a number of factors including the minimal amount of space they take up and the fact you can enjoy heat for your radiators and water on demand.
The components of a combi boiler are housed within the boiler itself making it neat and compact. However, more moving parts within the unit itself than other types of boiler means there is greater potential for things to go wrong.
We offer a fantastic range of Worcester combi boilers to suit homes of any size, complete with free survey, fantastic guarantee and the option to make low repayments! Worcester are regarded as the Rolls Royce of boilers and are a Which? Best Boiler winner!
This conventional boiler has a hot water storage tank and a large cold water tank, which is usually fitted in the loft. There are components of this type of boiler housed externally from the unit and a switch to control hot water as and when you need it. The downside of this is if you run out of hot water you have to wait for more to heat up.
Typically, system boilers – also called closed vent boilers – are better suited to large houses which require hot water from several outlets at once. It’s similar set up to a heat-only boiler, although it doesn’t have a cold water tank, and is good for large homes which require a lot of hot water. System boilers can be more expensive to install than combi boilers.
Can I get help towards the cost of a new boiler?
If you’re on a low income and need to pay for a new boiler, you may be able to benefit from some of the boiler grants or schemes. Check if you’re eligible with the Energy Saving Trust.
Alternatively we offer a number of financial options where you can get a brand new boiler supplied and fitted for a low monthly repayment spread over a term you are comfortable with.
If it’s high time you invested in a new boiler for your come, get in touch with us and we’ll help you find the best solution.
Do you have some home improvements in mind this year? There’s no better time than the present to start planning for your spring renovations.
Planning for your renovation will depend on the size and scope of the work you wish to have carried out. With all types of home improvement, the key to success is doing your research and ensuring your budget is in line with your expectations.
Here are some of the things you should consider when planning your spring renovations…
Check the condition
First up, make sure the area of your home where you want to do some renovations is up to scratch. If you suspect damp, subsidence or even an infestation of pests, it’s best to call in an expert to check out the situation before any work commences.
Check your guttering if you’re having any exterior work done. Climbing plants can also cause problems and the elements can take their toll on your roof. Many homeowners fail to clean their gutters regularly causing an overflow into their wall cavity and creating thousands of pounds worth of damage which isn’t generally covered by home insurance.
If your planned renovation includes any form of plumbing, such as in the kitchen or bathroom, it’s also a good idea to get your pipes and drains checked too. Nowadays many companies offer a free survey to check before work commences but it is always handy to keep a little bit of your budget aside for the unforeseeable.
Draw up your design
From bathrooms to kitchens, it always pays to have a visual representation of your finished renovation. You can draw up your ideas yourself or cut images from your favourite magazines and take them to your installer who should be able to draw it up as a 3D visual.
Get a survey
Most home improvements require a survey to ensure the work can be carried out and obtain exact measurements for any products to be ordered. External works that add space to your home or change the structure often require permission from the local authority, although you may be able to proceed without one under the new Permitted Development rights.
Deal with the paperwork
If your planned renovation does not fall under permitted development rights (such as building into a roof space or garage) you will need to look into planning permission, building regulations and even listed building consent if applicable. You can find details about planning permission and building regulations at planningportal.co.uk.
Set your budget
It is important to be realistic with your budget and expectations, as every designer or supplier is led by your requirements and the last thing they want to do is offer you something which you cannot afford. The good news is many companies now stock alternatives to most items so they can work with all budgets, for example tiles and tiling can be expensive but new stylish wall panelling is generally cheaper, easier to install and does the same job!
Now for the fun bit! Browse websites like Houzz or Pinterest to find endless inspiration for every room of your house. You could also make a vision board to collect all of your ideas in one place and see how the bigger picture fits together. We’re experts in helping people realise their home improvement visions, so talk to us today about your forthcoming renovation plans.