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HPM October 2012

BOILERS:RENEWABLES WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Is efficiency the deciding factor? When it comes to home heating, most homeowners still rely on the installer to guide them. Baxi’s Simon Osborne explains why efficiency is the most important consideration when recommending a new boiler... Sthe most important step towards lower Efficiency: Boiler efficiency is created by good,however providing immediate technicalassistance and support when needed is oftenwhat makes the difference.electing a boiler with an impressiverange of efficiency creating features anddemonstrable low maintenance costs is fuel bills and maximising the benefits of a solid, development and increasingly, built-in homeowner’s investment in a new boiler. technology. A boiler with a burner unit that is of However, efficiency is only useful if it is superior construction, supplying combustion consistent and sustainable over a confidently efficiency to a stringent specification and with a predicted life cycle. guaranteed long life expectancy, has always been So let us take a closer look at the five main at the core of a good quality unit. However, now subjects for consideration when recommending a technology can work in tandem with the basics, new domestic boiler. to produce far better fuel efficiency and product Price: Everybody compares prices, but for the life expectancy. householder there is no other major household Technologies such as an intelligent purchase that should be less determined on combustion management system, which initial outlay than a central heating boiler. continuously monitors combustion and adjusts This is simply because a domestic boiler will the gas and air mix, ensure a boiler is always consume more than its initial price in fuel usage working at maximum efficiency. Add to that a over its expected life cycle. Therefore, selecting a wide modulation range which results in fewer high efficiency boiler with a sophisticated and ignitions and an energy efficient pump and intuitive combustion management system rather householders can really start to feel the benefit than a cheaper entry level alternative can with even lower fuel bills translate into substantial savings, far in excess of Providing the best training and support is an Government and EU requirements are pushing what might be saved by spending less on a lower essential part of efficiency boiler manufacturers towards ever more stringent priced boiler. specifications concerning fuel use and carbon As an industry we need to make householders high efficiency boiler has replaced an old emissions, and checking the individual burn rate aware of boiler efficiency and its importance. It is standard efficiency model. and emissions statistics for a boiler is another this efficiency that will reduce their energy bills Renewables are also not to be ignored when direct guide to making the right choice. and give them peace of mind, knowing they have considering suitability. By integrating renewable Installation and maintenance: Efficiency invested in a product that will provide years of technologies with a traditional heating system, extends to ensuring that installation and heating reliability. homeowners could benefit from generating their maintenance are as quick and efficient as Suitability: When choosing the right boiler, most own ‘free’ hot water with the system providing possible. A high quality manufacturing process homeowners will still rely on their installer to much of the household’s hot water needs. with ‘designed-in’ low installation and guide them. But even the most experienced Lastly, installers should also consider the maintenance costs, is the first step to maximising installer needs to look at the bigger picture. Gone suitability of biomass boilers and heat pumps – the potential for fuel and other running are the days when you simply replace like for these products are increasingly becoming part of efficiencies and this ease of use is what makes an like. In today’s market there are a number of the home heating mix, however, as many installer’s job more straightforward. factors to consider. The starting point is choosing homeowners are not fully up to speed with this A range of outputs and the flexibility to site the right boiler to suit the needs of the property. technology, it is up to installers to recommend it. the boiler in a more convenient place are a vital A proper heating audit should be carried out to When educating householders on new low part of the mix. Effective fluing options and ensure that the boiler can cope with the number carbon technologies and their suitability, it is cupboard fit dimensions ensure an installer can of radiators in the property, as well as supplying important to make clear that the choice of recommend an option for all locations. sufficient hot water for everyone living there. technology is completely dependent on the Efficiency is the key to enabling boiler However, suitability is not just about output to property’s capacity to support that technology. manufacturers to supply customer and installer size ratios, there are other considerations that Reliability: As boiler manufacturers it’s only friendly products; it is also the catalyst for those need to be discussed when choosing the best natural that we emphasise the reliability of our of us in the trade to minimise environmental product. Increasingly, suitability means fuel type. boilers to end users – this is a simple direct impact. By designing and supplying products Why replace like with like, when there may be a message that we know homeowners will respond that offer long term efficiency, are easy to install more efficient alternative? For example, by to. But let’s be honest, as with cars, modern and maintain and cut energy usage, we are doing replacing an old oil boiler in an off-mains gas central heating boilers are already very reliable. our bit to improve the environmental efficiency area with a new high efficiency boiler that runs And with annual services, as recommended by of the UK housing stock. on LPG, the homeowner will see a significant installers, very few problems should arise. The next step is to take the public with us, by reduction in their fuel bills – and their carbon That said, reliability is not just a consideration consultation and by passing on our expertise. By emissions. It is important to note, however, that for homeowners – installers are also looking for recommending efficiency, we can give considerable cost savings can still be achieved for a reliable boiler manufacturer. Providing a tried, householders the best deal and ensure we are a properties on the natural gas grid where a new tested and good quality boiler is a given, responsible industry. 64 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY enquiry number 148


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