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    Should you upgrade to an energy efficient boiler?

    Our home heating oil efficiency is largely dependent on how energy efficient the boiler we’re using is. When looking for ways to make more of your home heating oil spend, replacing the boiler is often the last resort, as it’s a costly upgrade to your heating system, however there are so many rewards and benefits. Now is the time to ask the question, ‘Should you upgrade to an energy efficient boiler?”

    The first thing you should check out is how old your current boiler is. Age has a definite impact on the performance and energy efficiency of your boiler, so the older it is the more likely it will need replaced if you want to make some long term savings on your home heating oil spend. An energy efficient boiler can not only provide financial savings for your home over its lifetime, but it can have environmental benefits too.

    Generally speaking, all modern boilers are condensing boilers. For a full explanation of what that means, you can check out this link to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Newer boilers will burn fuel more efficiently, so you recover the maximum amount of heating with very little wastage.

    The next thing to consider is the size of your house and the number of people in it. A larger house, which has more need for a larger supply of hot water for showers may benefit from a boiler with a separate hot water tank, which is a heat only boiler. If you have a water tank in your hot press, you’ll most likely have this type of boiler. The advantage of this type of boiler is that replacement and installation costs are generally low, as the pipework changes tend to be minimal.

    A smaller home with fewer people or an apartment where space is a premium might find that a combi boiler (or a combination boiler) is more practical. This type of boiler, which is very popular, doesn’t need a separate water tank, as it heats the water only when the hot tap is turned on and is delivered at mains pressure, making it a very efficient solution.

    Boiler efficiency varies between makes and models of boilers, so make sure you do your research before deciding on the right one for you. They tend to be rated on a letter scale – between A and G, where A is an efficiency of 90% or more, and G is the least energy efficient. You will see the best energy changes and savings from replacing a G boiler to an A boiler.

    Take into account the other areas of your home which might be causing you to feel cold too – replacing the boiler might not be the solution you’re after if you live in a draughty house – your time and money might be better spent fixing these issues, rather than replacing the boiler.

    A summary of the key benefits of upgrading to an energy efficient boiler are:

    • Save money by making more efficient use of your home heating oil spend
    • Waste less energy, and therefore have positive environmental benefits
    • More practical, and in some cases, space saving heating solutions

    We hope this has given you some food for thought!