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When Should I Replace My Boiler?

Replacing a boiler can be an expensive business. But the alternative, sticking with a faulty or elderly boiler can be more costly in the long run, not to mention dangerous if the boiler is damaged in some way.

It’s important to know when you should invest in replacing your boiler so as to get it done in the most cost efficient way and at the perfect time to save money and stress later down the line.

Is Your Boiler A-Rated?

Boilers are given a rating from A-G with A-rated boilers being the most energy efficient and also the most environmentally friendly, as classified by the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK (Sedbuk).

If your boiler isn’t A-rated, it’s probably worth replacing it with one that is, since A-rated boilers are more likely to save you money on energy bills, lower your carbon emissions and work reliably and efficiently to keep your home comfortably heated.

The lower the rating of the boiler installed, the less reliable it is and the greater the likelihood of it causing you trouble.

Is Your Boiler Getting Old?

Nothing lasts forever and boilers are no exception.

If your boiler is over ten years old, you may struggle to find spare parts when it breaks down unexpectedly. A new boiler will have much cheaper running costs than an elderly one, and they are much less likely to have technical problems.

If your new boiler does break, the up-to-date model means there will be a greater supply and a lower cost of installing spare parts.

Elderly boilers aren’t just expensive to maintain, they can be dangerous. The increased likelihood of them breaking down makes them a greater risk to the household’s safety, so it is far better to invest in a new one than to keep running an old one.

Broken or Leaking Boiler?

When a boiler breaks down or starts to cause problems it is important to get it checked before attempting to fix or replace it. But there are some breakages where it will be more cost efficient and less effort to install an upgrade.

If your boiler is taking a while to heat up, leaking or making unusual noises then it might be a sign that you need a new model. More seriously, if the flame in your boiler is burning yellow instead of blue this could be an indication of carbon monoxide, which is potentially deadly.

Always call in a qualified engineer at the first opportunity if you notice a problem with your boiler, but if the problems occur more frequently or the repairs become more and more expensive, then the best solution is to install a new, up to date boiler.

Need help with your old boiler or interested in fitting a brand-new A-rated model? Contact Add Heat on 0161 667 1490.

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Benefits of Underfloor Heating

With winters as cold as that just gone, keeping your home warm is an absolute must.

However, the high costs of running multiple radiators can be enough to make your winter blues last until July. Fortunately, there is an energy-saving alternative that can both raise the temperature and lower your bills.

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Based on the simple science of rising heat, underfloor heating offers several excellent benefits and according to some experts, is a great way to up your property’s worth.

It’s little wonder that trading up old-fashioned radiators for sophisticated underfloor heating systems is increasingly popular amongst those carrying out home improvements.

Equal Distribution of Heat

Unlike with conventional radiators, an even and consistent temperature is emitted across the whole room, meaning that no area is warmer or cooler than another.

No longer will there be a need to fight over the seat next to the radiator next Christmas dinner!

Saving Space With Underfloor Heating

Working on the principle of the latest home technology becoming sleeker and less imposing, why not make your heating system virtually disappear?

Ideal for first-time buyers with little bang for their buck, and seasoned homeowners with excess belongings, the absence of a clunky radiator gives you much more space to play with.

Whether you require that extra few inches to position your bed snugly against the chimney breast without obstruction, or just long for an aesthetically pleasing living room, free of eye-sores.

You’d be amazed how much bigger your home would feel if the heater were swept under the carpet.

‘Versa-tile’ – Works With Most Types Of Floor

Although industry specialists advise that hard flooring surfaces such as ceramic and stone get the best out of UHF due to high thermal conductive properties, most coverings are compatible.

This is good news for those of us who want to improve the efficiency and quality of our heating, but don’t want to do away with a favoured style of flooring.

Two things to remember, though: Underlays made of Felt and polyurethane materials can interfere with the transfer of heat, so they shouldn’t be used. The thickness of the flooring also needs to be considered, but your heating engineer should have already thought this through. If in doubt, contact Add Heat to see if your preferred flooring is compatible.

Regain Control With Underfloor Heating

Everyone has different sensitivities and preferences when it comes to temperature, meaning the home thermostat level can be a point of contention.

With dedicated heating controls, you can control the temperature of each room individually.

Long gone the days of suffering in the discomfort of too hot or too cold.

What’s more, with designated thermostats you can switch off the heating in unused rooms – making your home greener and, perhaps most appealing of all, saving you money.

The Money Shot – Energy Efficiency

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As we all know, heating can be an expensive business, not least on those icy winter mornings when we’re reaching for that thermostat whilst still wrapped in the duvet.

It’s unsurprising that energy efficiency is most people’s primary consideration when shopping around for ways to best heat their home.

Unlike traditional radiators which cool down quickly, underfloor heating systems retain heat for longer, meaning that you can reduce the amount of time that they are left on for. Ultimately, this warms your home for longer without breaking the bank.

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4 Ways To Cut Energy Costs At Home

Whether you’re looking to make your property more energy efficient or find the best tariff to suit your energy needs, the following advice will help you to make your home more comfortable whilst allowing you to save money on your bills. Some of these tips take just a few seconds, which means you could begin saving money on your gas and electricity today. Read on to discover how to cut your energy costs with these four easy steps.

Upgrade To An A-Rated Boiler

You could save hundreds each year by investing in a new boiler for your home. Replacing your old gas boiler with a brand-new, A-rated boiler could trim your gas bill significantly. Prices may initially seem expensive, but the long term benefits are huge. If you’re short of cash, there’s plenty of finance options available for you to get started on a monthly plan.

If you’ve already got a new boiler, ensure sure you’re using it in as efficiently as possible. Make sure that your radiators work correctly and use the programmer so that the heating only comes on when you need it.

Upgrading to an A-rated boiler could save you £310 a year!

Switch Energy Supplier

Have you switched your supplier within the past three years? If not, you may be able to save money on your gas and electricity. Consumers who applied to switch suppliers between 1st November 2016 and 30th April 2017 via the independent comparison site Which? Switch are currently saving £237 on average. Many customers save much more than this. If you’ve already switched energy supplier, it’s important to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that you’ll save more if you choose to pay by direct debit each month and choose an online tariff which can be easily managed on the internet. If you don’t mind having separate suppliers for your gas and electric, you could save money by opting for cheapest gas supplier and cheapest electricity supplier.

 

Smart Meters

An energy monitor, or smart meter is a sample gadget that works in real time to estimate how much energy your household is using. This helps you to decide where you can cut back in order to save money. Prices for these monitors begin at around £25, however, some energy suppliers do give them away free of charge.

Saving money

Wondering why the bills are so high? Install a smart meter and see where it’s being spent in real-time!

If in doubt, give your supplier a call to see what their policy is. Don’t ask, don’t get! These handheld gadgets can be a great investment if you want to know where can save money on your energy costs.

Insulate Your Home

You could save hundreds of pounds a year by insulating your loft and cavity walls. Putting down thick and efficient loft insulation in a three-bed non-insulated semi could reduce your energy bills by £175 a year, whilst insulating cavity walls can save you as much as £140 per year. Solid-wall insulation is costlier to fit; however, it could save you £260 in the same type of house.

 

To see how Add Heat could help you with this click here.

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