When it comes to boilers, you’re always going to be looking for the most efficient and cost-effective model you can. No matter your requirements, an efficient boiler is a must-have. A boiler upgrade can ensure your house is heated thoroughly and effectively, while also saving you money and doing your bit for the planet.
If you’re planning on installing a new boiler in the coming months, knowing the best and most efficient boilers will help you in your decision. We’ve rounded up the most efficient boilers by type below, so why not take a look and start running your home more efficiently today.
How do you measure a boilers efficiency?
Before we get to our list of the most efficient boilers on the market, it’s important to know what makes a good boiler.
Modern boilers are measured on the ERP (energy-related product) rating scale. This rates your boilers efficiency from A through to G. While most new boilers will rate A, older boilers can be much lower.
Newer boilers are more efficient because of the way they’re made. They are condensing boilers meaning that they have a large heat exchanger which recovers more heat and sends cooler gases up and out the flue. Generally, older boilers are less efficient and should be replaced. If you’re looking locally for boiler installation, Essex has a range of engineers who can advise you on the most efficient boiler type for your home.
What are the most efficient boilers?
With a range of boiler types on the market, there are pros and cons to each. Though electric and combi boilers are generally agreed to be the most efficient boilers, there are worthy models in other types too. Take a look below at our summary of the best boiler types and models on the market now.
- Electric. If you want economic and planet-pleasing efficiency in one go, try an electric boiler. These boilers lose less heat when generating hot water and don’t use combustion fuel so are great for the planet. We would recommend the EHC Fusion model which has 100% efficiency rating.
- Combi boiler. This kind of boiler only heats water as you need and they’re compact, so are ideal for smaller homes. We suggest the Viessmann Vitodens 200-W model, and with a 98% efficiency rating, you can’t go too far wrong!
- System. The system model boilers also take up less space and run similarly to conventional boilers by storing hot water for when needed. For a system boiler, we like the Vitodens 100-W, with a 97% efficiency rating.
- Conventional. This traditional style boiler has a storage tank where hot water is stored until it is needed. More room is required for this kind of boiler and so they’re best for big family homes. Our favourite model is the Ideal Evomax which has a 96.2% efficiency rating.
And it’s not just about the best model, there are other ways you can increase the efficiency of your boiler.
How can I further improve my boilers efficiency?
If you’re looking for ways you can improve your boilers efficiency even further, we’ve got you covered. Below are a few ways you can help your boiler stay at the top of its game.
- Insulate your boiler. Adding an extra layer of insulation around your boiler will lock in the heat, saving you money and improving your boiler’s ability to heat your home.
- Regular servicing. Make sure you’re getting your boiler serviced at least once a year. Keeping on top of any problems and making sure everything is running smoothly means you can rest assured your boiler is working as effectively as it can.
- Keeping an eye on the pressure. Make sure to regularly check that the pressure in your boiler is at the correct level.
- Turn up the heat. Even if it’s just once a week, turn the heating on even in the summer to make sure the boiler doesn’t get out of practice!
With all this in mind, you’re probably ready to start looking for an engineer to handle your boiler installation. Essex is home to a whole host of talented and experienced engineers, fully equipped to take on a range of installations, so you’re always in good hands.