Picture it now – the sun is shining, the kids are off school and you’re sunbathing in the garden while looking at options for replacing your boiler. Not exactly how most of us picture our summer, but believe it or not, summer is the best time to replace your boiler.
It is going to take at least a full day to replace your boiler, so it makes no sense to lose a day of heating in winter when you need it the most.
However, there are plenty of other reasons to replace your boiler this summer, rather than waiting for the cold weather to return. Here are 5 reasons to change your boiler in summer.
Feeling hot, hot, hot
The same reason why you probably aren’t thinking about replacing your boiler is the first reason why summer is the perfect time to swap it out for a new one.
While your boiler is being replaced, you won’t be able to use your heating system, so it makes perfect sense to have it replaced on a warm summer’s day when it doesn’t matter if your heating works or not!
Time to think and plan
If you leave it to the last minute, chances are you won’t have enough time to properly plan your boiler replacement.
In summer, you have a good three months to get everything in place, and to make sure you choose the right boiler for your property.
It’s no secret that boiler engineers are run off their feet in winter, as people’s boilers break down and need replacing in the coldest months of the year. For this reason, it can be extremely difficult to get hold of a boiler engineer in winter for a boiler repair, let alone a completely new boiler installation.
In summer, boiler engineers are quieter. Most people have their boilers switched off through summer, so it’s not until October comes back around that their workload picks up.
For this reason, replacing your boiler in summer may lead to quicker installation times, and may even save you a few pounds in the process.
No more winter breakdowns (hopefully)
By installing your boiler in summer, based on the fact most boilers require a service every 12 months, you won’t have to service your boiler again until the following summer.
Why is this good? Because servicing your boiler in winter could unearth an issue at the time you need your heating the most.
If you service your boiler in summer, even if an issue does come up, you have the next few months to get it sorted before you need the heating back on, meaning you won’t be left in the cold.
Thankfully, Fischer Electric Boilers require no annual* servicing or maintenance, giving you even more peace of mind.
Lower installation costs
We touched on it briefly already, but with boiler engineers actively looking for work, they may be able to offer you a monetary incentive to replace your boiler in summer, rather than waiting for the winter, which is their busiest time of year.
If you can help them, they will probably be able to help you by taking a few pounds off the cost of your new boiler installation.
It’s a no brainer, right?
Gas or Electricity?
Now that you have decided summer is the best time to replace your boiler, you need to decide whether to stick with gas, or make the switch to a cleaner˟, electric boiler.
From 2025, the UK Government have decided to ban gas boilers in all new build properties, with plans to ban gas boilers altogether from the mid-2030’s.
This is all being done in an attempt to save our planet, and cut the UK’s carbon emissions.
Did you know that an average gas boiler emits greenhouse gases equivalent to approximately 2.2 tonnes of CO2 per year? That’s a lot of carbon!
Electric boilers, when powered by a renewable energy source, emit zero tonnes of CO2 per year at the point of use, so it makes perfect sense to make the switch from gas to electricity.
What are my alternatives?
Although there are over 25 million gas boilers installed in the UK, many people are opting to switch away from central heating altogether and install individually controlled electric radiators.
With any central heating system, you are only able to control your heating from one room in your home – usually the hallway. This means you don’t have full control of your own comfort, as you may want your lounge to be a different temperature to your bedroom, and so on.
With electric radiators in each room, such as our range of dynamic clay core electric heaters, you can set a different heating program for each room in your home, giving you full control and complete peace of mind.
You wouldn’t leave the lights on in rooms you aren’t using, so why do the same with your heating?
Either your boiler is on or off, regardless of how many rooms you are trying to heat. With independent electric radiators, you can heat just the rooms you are using, reducing how much energy you are wasting.
If you do decide to switch away from your boiler, you will need to find a system to heat your water for use in taps, sinks, baths and showers.
Aquafficient is an innovative, modern and highly efficient solution to heating water. Using a single heating element and patented thermal storage technology, Aquafficient provides hot water on demand without the need for any water storage. Instead, the hot water is produced from stored heat energy within a unique phase change material.
Aquafficient is also much smaller in physical size than a hot water cylinder, meaning you can claim back valuable space in your airing cupboard, while still having access to hot water on demand.
Claim your FREE catalogue today and find out how Fischer can help you improve your home’s space and water heating ahead of winter.
*The sacrificial anode in a Fischer Electric Boiler needs checking every 2-3 years. No conventional boiler servicing is required. ˟At the point of use, when powered by a renewable energy source.