If you have an old boiler, you may wonder whether it is as efficient as it could be. The answer will depend on how old it is. If it was fitted after 2010, it should be A-rated. Alternatively, it should have an efficiency level of at least 88%. This is significantly better than many other boilers produced before 2010, which could have a much lower efficiency rating.
So find out when your existing boiler was fitted, as this should give you an idea of whether it will fall into the A-rated category. If it was fitted before 2010, you’ll need to use the make and model of the boiler to find out more about it. Typically speaking, a simple internet search should reveal the information you need to know.
From A-rated to G-rated
The colour-coded SEDBUK scale is the one to be aware of here. SEDBUK stands for the Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK. In order to get the top A-rating, a boiler must have an efficiency level of 90% or more. The next level down is a B-rating. This means the boiler will be efficient to between 86% and 90%.
Then of course you have the lowest rating of all, which is the G-rating. If you’ve done your homework and you’ve realised your boiler fits into this category, you’re looking at an efficiency level of less than 70%. As you can see, even if your boiler is 70% efficient and no lower, this is still likely to be over 20% less efficient than an A-rated boiler. That could be having a significant effect on your bills.
So is it worth installing a new boiler?
Lots of different factors will come into play here. If you do have a G-rated boiler and you swapped it out for an A-rated one, you’d notice a difference in your energy bills. Less energy would be wasted by the boiler, meaning you’d get a better performance from it.
Of course, you have to think about whether you can afford to have a brand new boiler. It might help to get a quote for a new one, so you can see whether it would make good financial sense to get one fitted. If you’re about to move it won’t be worth it, but if you’re intending to stay in your property for a while and you’re unimpressed with the existing boiler, it could be time for a change.
Although you’ll have the initial cost to bear, you will see a difference in lower heating bills. That means you’ll start to recoup the cost straightaway. If you combine the new boiler with some smart energy-saving moves as well, you might be surprised at the difference it could make.
Get a quote from us today if you’re interested in a better boiler
We understand that committing to a new boiler is a big decision. If your existing boiler has completely worn out, it’s a decision that is taken out of your hands. But if you are thinking about replacing an old boiler before it gives up the ghost, we might be able to help.
We can provide a no-obligation quote at no cost at all, so it’s entirely up to you whether you go ahead with the work. It does at least put you in a position of knowledge, so you’ll know whether a better boiler could be just the thing to add to your home. With an eye on draught-proofing and dropping the thermostat by one degree too, you can make real changes and improvements in your home.