Moving into your new home can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. From the finance to the colour of the wallpaper, it’s an endless amount of decisions to make and money to spend. Which means sometimes, you may skip over the ‘less important’ factors (spoiler alert: not a great idea) to feel more in control and stress-free.
One thing that new homeowners forget about is your new boiler- it may not seem like a big deal, but making an informed decision could slash the prices you’ll pay in the future. However, before you can buy, you need to know the facts and figures to make the best choice for your home.
Why should you care about what boiler you buy?
The boiler you choose for your home will have a significant impact on so many small aspects of your life and the overall comfort you feel in your home, such as:
- The quality of heating in your home. If you decide to cut the costs and opt for a cheaper boiler, you may experience a drop in the overall heating power in your new home. You may also experience more breakdowns and a shortened boiler lifespan.
- The price you pay upfront. The main rule when boiler shopping is to ‘shop around’ to find the best price. Different distributors have a variety of discounts and payment options, so it could save you £££ to weigh up all the options.
- The money you save. A significant factor of a good heating system is an efficient boiler. The more efficient it is, the more money you are likely to save. The more expensive range of new boilers will have higher efficiency, which suggests you could save more in the long term compared to a cheaper system.
The average lifespan of a boiler is up to 15 years, so it’s not just a purchase but more of an investment. And since they can be responsible for up to 60% of your energy bills, it’s worth a second look.
What options do I have?
When looking at central heating boilers for your new home, there are several different options to fit correctly in your home, depending on: the type of house you own, how many rooms need heating, the size, the number of people in the house and the money you’d like to spend. These are:
This type of boiler runs on either gas or oil and is designed to improve energy efficiency. They are slightly cheaper to run long term and great for savings, as they achieve over 90% efficiency.
In new homes, these tend to be a favourite because of their compact system and highly-efficient water heater. A combi boiler is essentially a 2 in 1 water heater and central heating, which is always on standby to heat your home and your water. The only downside to this mechanism is that you can only heat one at a time, therefore not being able to have heating and hot water simultaneously.
These are the ‘standard’ or ‘traditional’ type of boiler that is usually found in older homes- so you may have seen once in your previous home or rented accommodation. Conventional boilers use a water cylinder to take up a large amount of space in your loft or attic. Even though they may be considered old news, it could still be a great option if you own a large home and you need extra energy.
This type of boiler is similar to the conventional boiler, with the way it heats almost instantly by producing hot water from a storage cylinder. What makes the system boiler varied is the fact that it uses water straight from the mains, and therefore makes it ideal for new homeowners with a need for large quantities of water.
The finance side
For most new homeowners, price is a huge factor when buying a boiler. It’s natural to try and save every penny possible during the home renovation process, which is why so many companies put in place different schemes to help you save money and pay monthly.
Are you still confused about the world of boilers? At Boxt, they provide a comfortable, online process to help you get the right boiler for you at a fair price, so you can get a new boiler carefree.