Boilers account for around 60% of the carbon dioxide emissions in a gas heated home. By replacing an old G rated boiler with a new high efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls, you will significantly cut your home's carbon dioxide emissions and could save as much as £235 a year.
The current lifespan of a boiler is around 15 years and fitting an A rated high efficiency condensing boiler with the correct heating and hot water controls can make a huge difference to your heating bills over time.
Read our hot guide to 'heating your home efficiently' below to find out all you need to know about condensing boilers and heating controls.
A high efficiency condensing boiler works on the principle of recovering as much as possible of the waste heat which is normally wasted from the flue of a conventional (non-condensing) boiler. High efficiency condensing boilers convert 86% or more of their fuel into heat, compared to 65% for old G rated boilers.
If your boiler is an A-rated boiler according to SEDBUK ratings then it is a high efficiency condensing boiler.
Heating controls will keep your home at a comfortable temperature, making it warm when you want it but switching off when you don't. They include: a programmer, a room thermostat, a combined programmable room thermostat, a cylinder thermostat and Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).
Did you know that you can use natural - or renewable - energy sources like heat from the sun or wood to heat your home and water? There are four main options suitable for home use: ground source heat pumps, wood fuelled heating, solar water heating and air source heat pumps.
What else would you like to know? Try these answers to more frequently asked questions about home heating.
"I don't think people realise how much more efficient a condensing boiler is, and how much money they could save by combining the right boiler with the right controls"
There may be grants and offers available to help you install an energy efficient heating system.
Alternatively, contact your local Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012.
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