A high efficiency gas boiler is what’s known as a condensing boiler. Since the 1st of April 2005 the condensing boiler regulations state that all new gas fired boiler installations must be condensing boilers, this also applies to boiler replacements as well. Before then most gas boilers installed in homes and buildings were non-condensing standard efficiency boilers.
Are gas boilers still legal?
Although the government's aim in the long run is to utilise renewable energy sources wherever possible, right now this is not completely feasible for every property throughout the UK and can incur heavy installation costs making properties ready for such technologies for those that are, especially older properties with poor insulation and high heat loss. This means that gas boilers are still viable and will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.
What makes a high efficiency gas boiler a good boiler?
When choosing a gas boiler brand for a new build or boiler replacement it's important to choose a manufacturer with good heat exchangers, good modulation and good controls, as well as good quality and reliability obviously. As well as choosing the right boiler and controls for your specific needs it's also important to consider the condition of any existing system as this can impact the function of the new system if not taken into account.
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