Did you know that if you’re planning a new boiler installation, it’s mandatory to replace your old appliance with a condensing model? Since 2005, it has been a legal requirement to replace old, inefficient boilers with modern alternatives. The main reason for this is to help drive down carbon emissions while making utility bills more affordable. But what exactly is a condensing boiler? How do they work, and what makes them so effective for homes in Wakefield and West Yorkshire?
In this blog, we provide a brief guide to these gas appliances. At PBS Construction West Yorkshire Ltd, we excel at building and plumbing services in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and the surrounding areas we cover.
The latter covers all your boiler-related needs, namely installation, annual servicing and repairs.
There’s a good reason why every new boiler installation must be an A-rated condensing appliance. Now more than ever, we’re aware of climate change. And while there are much bigger solutions than those on a personal level, heating your Wakefield or Harrogate home, and hot water supply, as efficiently as possible is certainly a great place to start.
It may come as little surprise, then, that manufacturers have designed condensing boilers to do exactly that.
These boilers utilise condensing technology to make more effective use of the heat they generate. When you burn gas or oil for fuel, the process releases gasses via a flue. Non-condensing boilers simply pass these gasses, and their heating potential, into the atmosphere.
Conversely, a condensing boiler captures these hot gasses and recycles them back into the system via a heat exchanger. From here, they enter the primary circuit where they either move to the heating circuit – usually the radiators – or the hot water. What happens at your Wakefield or Harrogate property depends on the type of boiler you have installed.
This recycling process maximises the heating potential of the gasses generated when you burn fuel. By avoiding such wasteful practices, your new boiler installation will have a far higher efficiency rating than the previous model.
The latest condensing models can achieve an efficiency rating in excess of 90%. In some cases, this figure can reach as much as 99%. In comparison, non-condensing models can only produce ratings between 70% and 80%, at most. This significant improvement in performance makes your boiler, and property, far more cost-effective to run.
Because you burn less units of fuel to reach the required standards of comfort, you reduce your expenditure on energy as well as your family’s carbon footprint.
If you’re unsure whether the boiler currently installed at your Wakefield, Harrogate or West Yorkshire home is a condensing model, there are numerous ways to check.