• Do You Have A Energy Efficient Boiler In Your Home Or A Money Waster?

  • Think you might currently have an old fashioned boiler system

    residing in your home?

    maybe you’re not sure if you’ve got a high energy efficient boiler.

    Spend a few minutes answering these questions and find out for sure one way or the other.

    Does your boiler have a condensate drain?

    Look for white plastic pipe below your boiler, If you don’t have one, it’s not an energy efficient boiler.

    Should this matter?

    If the boiler doesn’t have a condensate drain it’s probably not a condensing boiler.

    Condensing boilers are the most energy efficient boilers available on the market today.

    No drain, no efficiency.

    Has your boiler an open-flue?

    It vents into an old chimney? If so, then it’s not an energy efficient boiler.

    Why does this matter?

    known as conventional boilers, open flue boilers are less energy efficient because, by design, an open flue boiler must sacrifice efficiency in order to vent unwanted products of combustion out through the flue.

    sacrifice efficiency in order to vent unwanted products of combustion out through the flue.

    must sacrifice efficiency in order to vent unwanted products of combustion out through the flue.

    Is The boiler more than 13 years old?

    Then it’s not an energy efficient boiler.

    Does this matter?

    Boilers over 13 years old do not benefit from modern innovations in boiler technology and can be as low as 55% energy efficient,

    technology and can be as low as 55% energy efficient.

    Modern A rated, energy efficient boilers are capable of efficiencies above 90%, with combination condensing boilers achieving efficiencies as high as 96%.

    condensing boilers achieving efficiencies as high as 96%.

    with combination condensing boilers achieving efficiencies as high as 96%.

    Is the boiler connected to sophisticated controls?

    If not, then it’s not energy efficient.

     Is this a problem?

    Sophisticated, modern controls are essential to getting the most out of your central heating boiler. Regulating the heat

    throughout your home is an outdated concept. Nowadays, with sophisticated controls, your heat follows you into the next room!

    Have an old hot water tank?

    so then your boiler could be more efficient.

    A lot of today’s modern, super-efficient boilers don’t require a water tank.

    These are known as “combination boilers” these boilers are often connected to the water mains, so they don’t need a tank, and can deliver water at mains pressure; they also heat water instantly on demand.

    If your boiler still has a tank for its sidekick, there’s a good chance it’s out of date, and therefore inefficient.

    Do your radiators have pipework that feeds from one side only?

    If  so then they’re not energy efficient, and they’re almost definitely connected to an outdated boiler.

    Why should this matter?

    Normally, when you’re looking at your radiator, you see a pipe going in one side, and then a pipe coming out the other side. This is called “flow and return.”

    Prior to the 1970s, radiators were fitted with what was known as a “twin entry valve.”

    Since then, twin entry systems have been retrofitted to flow-and-return systems that allow for thermostatic radiator valves to be fitted.

    Your radiator is still sporting a twin entry valve system, it’s a tell-tale sign that your radiators haven’t been updated since the ‘70s and neither has your boiler. This pretty much says it all.

    You have a feed and expansion tank in the attic?

    If so, then there’s a good chance your boiler is not energy efficient.

     This matter?

    Feed and expansion tanks normally reside in your loft, and they feed water to your boiler and radiators. Because they are classed as  Because they are classed as open system, they allow elements like sludge and algae to build up inside them.

    allow elements like sludge and algae to build up inside them.

    Not good.

    Modern systems have a pressure vessel filled with mains water pressure and are air-tight sealed systems. No, build up. No sludge,  algae.

    Feed and expansion tanks equal sludge and algae, which equal an old fashioned system, and most likely, and old fashioned boiler.

    We know, sometimes the truth hurts.

    But when it comes to heating your home, the truth can save you money, conserve energy and make your home healthier and more comfortable to live in. So why not take your head out of the sand, and upgrade to a more energy efficient boiler system?

    So why not take your head out of the sand, and upgrade to a more energy efficient boiler system?

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