Tip of The Month: Should you consider installing an electric boiler?

Over the last few years, we’ve experienced a huge increase in demand to install electric boilers. They are often perceived as the next big thing in helping to improve the environment. And, to some extent, this is true. They are generally greener to use, and will go some way to helping the Government achieve the 2050 zero carbon emissions target. But, more on the green issue later.

As a general rule of thumb, the cost of installation works out about the same as the cost of installing a new combination boiler. They do require the labour of an electrician, but there’s no requirement for a boiler flume, so this kind of offsets some of the cost.

The other big plus is that you can fit them anywhere in your home. This can free-up space within your kitchen, making it look that much more minimalist, and provide a cleaner, more sophisticated look overall.

And the noise? If you have a gas boiler, you know that the sound of it firing up every time it’s used can get a little tedious. An electric boiler doesn’t make a peep. Plus – and here’s something that owners really love – they require no annual maintenance.

Now, back to the issue of whether electric boilers are more eco-friendly. Well, they can be. But, if you’re hoping to save the planet, you might want to think again. First off, you need to think seriously about how well your home is insulated. There’s no point in investing in something that generates heat, if you’re letting half of it get away.

Gas boilers take heat from a network of gas resources, and burn natural gas to generate heat. This will peak at around 95% efficiency, whereas, electric boilers use stored energy and can reach 100% efficiency.

The trouble is, a lot of that power is initially generated by dirty, no-no, fossil fuels. You can’t really get around it. Naturally, this is changing, and there is a huge push towards renewable energy, but this requires investment, and someone has to pay for it.

Using electricity is certainly more efficient in terms of carbon emissions, but it’s more costly than gas – hence ensuring that your home is well insulated.

So, should you consider having one installed? ‘Yes’, it’s certainly worth considering, but like anything, do your homework first. And remember: there are other solutions to providing heat to your home. Check out our article on MVHR; it might be right up your street.

Either way, if you do have any questions, we’re always on hand to answer them.
Thanks for reading, and ciao for now.

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