How a new boiler can reduce your carbon footprint
Technology moves fast, and the latest thing can be quickly taken over by new innovations – and boilers are no exception. Boilers that are more than ten years old may work perfectly well, but they’re inefficient by today’s standards and it’s worth considering a more modern replacement before they start to go wrong.
New regulations introduced in 2018 state that any new boilers which are installed must meet a set of minimum standards for energy efficiency. For instance, all new boilers need to have an efficiency rating of at least 92% (a figure that older boilers may struggle to match). They also need to include a load or weather-compensating thermostat, a smart thermostat or a flue gas recovery system. Each of these features can help to give you more control over your energy usage so you can monitor it more effectively and make better decisions about how you use your energy, like turning the temperature down when you don’t need it and encouraging you to use less hot water too.
Saving the planet
As a general rule, a more efficient boiler means that you tend to use less energy – just as much as you need. If your system is able to generate the required amount of heat while using less energy, because it’s working more efficiently, then your overall carbon footprint is reduced. So you’re doing your bit for the planet, but also for your pocket, because you’ll spend less on your energy bills too – so it’s win-win.
The best way to keep on top of your boiler’s efficiency is to get it serviced regularly, preferably every year. Qualified boiler engineers can check everything and clean your heating system to make sure everything’s working as well as it should. And with an ongoing care plan, you can relax, knowing that your boiler will work as well as possible until it’s time to get a new one.