How cold it is in this country! It seems that winter lasts for ages then there’s a glimmer of spring and then it’s autumn for a couple of weeks, then winter again. Precisely why boilers are probably the most important appliance in the home.
So when it comes time to replace your boiler, it makes sense to thoroughly explore ALL your options so you know you are making the most of boosting energy efficiency, and saving money too. Plus you’ll want the most reliable option, and you need to think about the long term costs of maintenance, servicing and repair.
A lot of people who have gas boilers tend to explore only the alternatives similar to what they’ve been used to, i.e. just gas. But there is a lot more choice than just gas and in fact, it is reckoned that by 2028 we are going to reach a point where gas powered systems will no longer support carbon compliance and electric technologies will be the option of choice.
Oil boilers are an alternative and work in a similar way to gas boilers, although they can be more expensive to run and there can be logistical challenges trying to get your hands on the oil to fuel them.
Biomass boilers are another option. They use wood pellets, chips or logs to generate heat. They’re considerably cheaper to run than the other alternatives and are very energy efficient. However, they do generate ash which means there are cleaning repercussions. Also they tend to be slightly bigger than other types of boiler, and you’ll need to make space to store the fuel. A flue or chimney will be needed so it’s likely you’ll need planning permission, although this does depend on local regulations. Flues and chimneys also need maintaining.
Electric boilers, on the other hand, provide a very interesting alternative. They’re neat and fit easily into smaller spaces. They’re energy efficient, cost effective to operate and they don’t need a flue. Electric boilers are quiet to run so can be located anywhere. Easy to maintain, they don’t need an annual service or safety inspection.
So if it’s time to replace your boiler, have a think about ALL your options, and give an electric boiler some serious thought.