As we get ready to dive head first into another long, cold winter, it’s a great time to consider installing a new boiler in your home. After all, a bitter cold winter mixed with a bitter cold shower and no heating is a situation no one wants to find themselves in. Boilers are often ancient members of our households, heating us through the winter, keeping our water hot when we need it, but likely overlooked or forgotten when it comes to home maintenance or upgrades. We often tend to ignore a faint rattling noise or a loud cling here or there, because we don’t want to come to grips with the fact that our old trusty friend might be on his way out. That being said, here are 4 reasons you should consider installing a new boiler this winter:
1. You’ve been putting it off for far too long
Many of us find ourselves in a situation of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”, which means if something is still semi-functioning, then we keep on using it. If you’ve bought an older home, chances are you have an older boiler that needs some attention. As a new homeowner you might want to get your money’s worth out of the boiler you have but the truth of the matter is that using your boiler until it is dead is not always the best approach. It’s definitely smart to get some good use out of what you have, but when things start to go south, it’s time to reconsider sooner rather than later.
2. You like to save money
Replacing your boiler might seem like a pain for your mind and your wallet. However, you might not know that modern boilers tend to be much more efficient than older furnaces or boilers. According to www.energy.gov, older boiler efficiencies can range from 56% to 70% efficient, while modern conventional heating systems can be as much as 98.5% efficient. With modern boilers this means almost all of the fuel being processed is converted into heat for your home, instead of a much lower percentage being processed. What does that mean for you? It means you are warmer and your pockets are fuller. The assessments can be complicated to figure out but there are websites available that can help you easily measure your boiler’s cost vs. efficiency level.
3. Your boiler needs constant repair
It’s true that older boilers can last a long time and last through many repairs. In fact, a service man might be constantly repairing your boiler to get it working again yet it might only last a few months in between. This might be a strong sign to begin considering purchasing a new boiler. Repairs only last for so long. If your boiler is in constant need of them, it might be time to reconsider where you are putting your money.
4. You care about the environment
Just as there are ways to help you measure your boiler’s cost and efficiency, there are also ways to measure how much your current boiler is affecting the environment. According to the Energy Saving Trust , CO2 emissions vary depending on the size and type of boiler you have, along with the type of dwelling your boiler is servicing. If you are worried about what effect your boiler might be having on the environment, it might be time to consider the purchase of a more environmentally friendly option.
So, as the winter gets colder and we demand our showers be hotter, consider assessing the state of your current boiler. It might be an old, trusty friend but make sure to listen to its possible cries for help and consider that it might be time to be out with the old and in with the new.