10 things to consider when buying a new boiler
At Direct Heating Installations, we have a stoic belief in first-class customer service. Alongside a crew of skilful engineers installing new boilers, overhauling bathrooms and carrying out full house renovations, we also have a helpful office based team, ensuring you get the most out of our support. If it’s a new boiler you require then we would like to guarantee your purchase is a straightforward one. As a guide, here are 10 things you should consider when buying a new boiler for your property.
Size of new boiler
When it comes to the size of boiler you’ll need, this will be unique to you and your home. Factors such as how many bathrooms you have and how many people you live with will also all need to be taken into account. At Direct Heating Installations, we’re on hand to offer our expert help and advice, ensuring your new boiler meets your hot water and heating requirements.
Type of new boiler
Combi, Conventional or System, the three main types of boilers can at first seem a little daunting. A Combi boiler heats water as and when you need it and so removes the need for a storage tank. For larger homes, a Conventional boiler is a great option as it requires a storage cylinder that can keep hot water for later use. A System boiler is a more efficient version of this but with more components built into it. Luckily our engineers will be able to identify the best type of boiler for your home during your free quotation survey.
By simply doing a spot of internet research, you’ll soon be able to find out which boiler brands consumers have the best experience with and which ones they don’t. At Direct Heating Installations, we are able to fit most brands of boilers, however, we are a Gold accredited Worcester Bosch Installer which means you’ll benefit from extra long guarantees and excellent advice and tips along with your new Worcester Bosch boiler.
According to Sedbuk, the boiler efficiency resource, switching your old boiler to a modern version will give you energy bill savings of up to an estimated £652 per year. If your current boiler is 10-15 years old then it won’t be as efficient as it should be and you too would benefit from these great savings by simply making the switch.
Location of your new boiler
The most straightforward and cost-effective place for your new boiler to be installed is in the exact same location as the old one. This is really easy if you’re going from a Combi boiler to a Combi boiler as all pipes will already be in position. If you are making the swap from a System to a Combi, however, the pipes will need running to the new boiler location.
The right thermostatic controls will keep your home feeling completely comfortable without wasting any fuel or heat. They also reduce carbon dioxide emissions and allow for heating and hot water on and off scheduling. The new wave of smart heating controls has also made a big impact on the way we heat our homes. We have found brands such as the Worcester Bosch Wave and the HIVE have been increasingly popular over the last year or so. Also, make sure to look out for our Facebook competition to win a HIVE supplied and fitted in your home!
On average, a Combi boiler installation can take up to 1 day. A conversion, which is a swap from a System boiler to a Combi can take 2-3. It is, however, best to speak with your engineer and get a more accurate estimation once they have carried out a survey of your property.
In order to safeguard an efficient, working boiler and to keep the warranty on it valid, you should have your boiler serviced once every year. At Direct Heating Installations, we carry out boiler servicing quite regularly, offering flexible times throughout the week with the average service usually lasting around 30 minutes.
So here’s something you may find surprising, the lowest price isn’t always the best. Depending on the size of your home, the system required and the many other factors involved, the price of your new boiler can fluctuate greatly. The key is to ensure the quote achieves your home’s heating and hot water requirements and that you will receive fantastic customer service from start to finish.
Which brings us to the aftercare support. With the majority of manufacturers insisting the original installer returns to assess a break down before they do, it truly does matter who you hire to install your new boiler. At Direct Heating Installations, we aim to get it right from the start, however, should you need us, we are always on hand to help with your emergency.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our top 10 things to consider when buying a new boiler for your home. As well as installing reliable and efficient boilers, Direct Heating Installations also carry out general plumbing work, bathroom refurbs and even full house renovations including kitchens. If you’d like to receive your free quotation on any of the projects mentioned in this blog please fill out our Contact Us form or visit our Which? Trusted Traders profile to view our positive customer feedback.