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A guide to buying a new boiler

Whilst it is not exactly the most exciting thing one has to choose to buy for the home, when it comes to buying a new boiler, you'll soon come to realise that it's one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. Here, I'll guide you through some few simple steps to help you choose the right boiler for you.

Boiler types

Condensing boiler All new gas boilers today are highly efficient condensing boilers. Whilst these are initially more expensive than older boilers, the energy savings made from their increased efficiency will soon be recouped through lower energy bills. There is also the fact they they have been designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25%.
Which to choose? When it comes to choosing the boiler that best suits your needs, you have three choices: - Combi boiler: Best suited to those who have little space, such as a flat for instance. - Regular or system boiler: These are best for people who have a large family and where space is not a restriction. Of course, if you're unsure, ask an expert for advice.

Quotes

It is always a good practice to get at least three quotes for the work you wish to carry out. The best way of getting a quote for your home boiler work is to ring two international companies and a local one. This will give you a fairly good idea of the price and you will also benefit from the firms' knowledge and professionalism.

Preparation

When you have arranged for a quote, be prepared for the arrival of the engineers. They will ask you questions to know more about your needs and they will guide to choosing the correct domestic boiler for your home. Questions will range from discussing your living habits to future home plans (such as lofty conversions etc.). They will also discuss about the place where the boiler will be situated.

Budget

Try and stay as close to your budget as possible and don't be talked into spending more than what you intended. If you are in severe need of a replacement, but boiler cost and installation is an issue, consider any finance options that might be on offer.

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