I’m in the process of buying a house.
(Not the house, the house is quite small.)
I’ve never bought a house before and every time we go to look at it I feel a little bit of panic well up inside me, alongside the excitement. It can’t be like the time I put a satsuma in front of the warning lights on my car dashboard. I have to be a grown up about this. I keep thinking of things that might go wrong and then thinking ‘ARGHH!!! YOU will have to deal with them!’
There is just so much to think about isn’t there? What happens if something leaks, or falls off, or stops working? What happens if the boiler breaks down??
It’s all very ADULT.
To help you out, here are three things to think about when looking to buy a new boiler:
Is it worth buying an A-rated boiler?
An A-rated boiler is a boiler that works at at least 90% efficiency. You might be wondering to yourself ‘is it really worth spending more on a more efficient boiler?’ and the answer in most cases is YES. An efficient boiler can save you up to £350 every year on your heating bills, compared to an inefficient boiler.
What make of boiler do I need?
It’s hard to say as it depends on your circumstances. For example, if your boiler was in a room that was used a lot for relaxing, or perhaps near a bedroom, then you might prefer a Valliant boiler, which holds the Quiet Mark. If security is your thing, then check out Ideal boilers – their Logic+ range of boilers comes with a 7 year warranty. Worcester boilers on the other hand are very well known for their reliability and energy efficiency.
So what’s a combi boiler?
As the name suggests, a combi boiler does a combination of things – it controls your central heating and provides hot water directly, meaning you don’t have any need for a big hot water tank. They are perfect for smaller homes as they are nice and compact. Water comes directly from the mains too, so hot water is constantly available at a high water pressure.