When it comes to choosing a boiler for your home, electric combi boilers are an efficient and cost effective way to keep warm and have hot water running during the cold UK winters.
An electric boiler can be a good choice if you need to replace an old gas or oil fuel boiler. They are cleaner and you don’t need to worry about putting a tank for oil storage somewhere in the yard or underground. Electric boilers come in a range of different sizes that are small enough to fit in a kitchen or laundry cupboard.
Electric central heating will save you kilograms of carbon each year and if you have a water storage tank with your boiler you can take advantage of lower electricity prices at off-peak rates. At just 9pence per kW compared top standard rates of over 15 pence per kW. (EST)
Do you require new boiler for your electric central heating?
- Homeowners can obtain one at a cost of £1,000 if they simply swap their old boiler with a new one.
- If they require moving and it requires extra plumbing as well as fresh wiring, it will cost more money to you.
- Those who want a top range boiler, it will cost them another £2,000.
- Average cost of electric Combi boiler is approximately £1,800 for 9kW model.
- Larger model prices can reach £2,500.
Generally only individuals having no access to gas or oil will go for electric central heating. Nowadays, several individuals are recognizing cost and environmental benefits of installing electric central heating boiler.
What kind of electric boilers are there?
Several manufacturers of electric central heating boilers in UK design models that range from four kW to 14.4 kW. Boilers having smaller kW are cheaper to purchase and run but they may not be comparatively efficient to larger models.
Heatrae Sadia manufactures ElectricMax: Electric Combi boilers that are compact, small, and easily fit into laundry cupboards of standard size. These boilers are available in 2.5 kW and 9kW sizes.
Thermaflow Electric Combi Boilers : These Electric combi boilers range from large and heavy in stainless steel to small and compact and easily hidden in a kitchen cabinet.
Trianco Electric Boilers : Their electric boiler range is available in five outputs, which range from 2kW to 12kW, as well as the option to link the boilers in combination to create even larger outputs.
Electric heating company : They provide a wide variety of electric boilers that can be used for central heating and range from 6kW to 14.4 kW. They don’t require having fuel installed. They can also be adapted for producing hot water.
Electric combi boiler running expenses
- It would cost an average of £1800 per year for using electric combi boiler for supplying hot water as well as heating the house based on boiler size.
- Thermosave.co.uk with average costs of electricity per kW hour explains that boilers running costs for 210 litre Thermaflow electric combi boiler will cost £2,025. It is dependent on total of 13,500kW at the 15 pence every kW. *
* It is based on electric boiler being utilized on maximum for hot water and heating in winter and autumn and just for hot water in summer and spring.
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*Sources: Energy Saving Trust, Heatrae Sadia, Electric Heating Company, Thermaflow, Trianco.
Benefits of Having an Electric Boiler
The first and biggest advantage of having an electric boiler is rather obvious but to fully realize it, first we have to talk about traditional gas boilers. In order for those appliances to work, they have to burn gas. Electric heating systems do not need to do that. This means two things: first, likely lowered bills which is obviously often the biggest reason for a purchase like that. Second, by using electric devices instead of those that burns fossil fuels, you make your home more environmentally friendly. This is an important factor for many. The electric method simply allows the device to deliver the heating energy in a more efficient way, hence making it more environmentally friendly. A central heating boiler is simply an amazing alternative to gas powered variants, and any boiler installer or heating professional will confirm this for you. If you are looking to replace your old boiler, go electric.
Reduced installation costs
Relying on electric boilers for hot water is one of the best ideas you can have if you currently have a gas powered appliance. We have already talked about the efficiency gap and the eco-friendly nature of those devices, now let’s discuss another factor that could very well come into play if you are building a new home or redoing one. Installation! The installation of an electric device can also be a lot cheaper. Think about it, with a gas boiler you need a gas pipe and often a chimney, needless to say that with a small electric boiler that will be an alternative to gas central heating you don’t need any of those.
Another aspect we cannot overlook is the reduced noise. Electric heating systems are generally much quieter than their gas powered cousins and that is especially true to dome of the newer models. If you are living in a relatively small house or a big one with certain acoustic qualities, noise can actually be a rather big problem. Some of us cannot tolerate any loud noises while trying to sleep and a noisy boiler can be a big distraction. With an electric version this will no longer be a problem for you.
Any decent electric boiler company will vouch for the fact that these appliances require much less maintenance. Traditional gas or oil boilers are very needy when it comes to maintenance and since they are inherently more dangerous as well, you have to constantly check them for possible flaws that could lead to a malfunction and a possibly even bigger problem.
Electric wet central heating systems will demand a lot less from you which is ultimately something you want with a home appliance. You want a boiler that can put out an optimal performance without you having to worry about it, much less constantly maintaining it. Not to mention your – likely – much reduced boiler running costs. A small electric boiler can do wonders for you and your bills.
Types of hot water systems
A Thermaflow boiler offers various advantages even compared to regular electric boilers, never mind traditional gas or oil variants. For starters, these appliances will store the energy for you, using it to heat the water later. This saves you money. The other major advantage is of course the technology itself which incorporates a thermal solar, making the whole system even more efficient. What this all means? The device will heat your water by using heat energy in the most efficient way possible. This is a combination that’s very tough to beat. These appliances could save you 40% energy compared to the flow boiler. That’s a major difference that will save you money.
Potterton Gold Heat Only
The Potterton Gold Heat Only appliance is a small electric boiler that packs quite a punch. Its efficiency stems from a couple of key features including but not limited to: full modulating, the lack of overrunning pump, great sitting flexibility and full adaptability. This appliance was designed not to take up a lot of space yet still be extremely versatile. One of the best electric boilers you can purchase on the market, usually available with great warranty deals.
Electric heating systems – http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/heating-and-hot-water/electric-heating-systems
Electric resistance heating – http://energy.gov/energysaver/electric-resistance-heating
Electric heating systems – http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/2939/Electric-heating-systems
Boiler packs – http://www.electric-heatingcompany.co.uk/boiler-packs/
Electric boilers – http://www.thermaflowheating.co.uk/electric-boilers/
Potterton heat only – http://www.potterton.co.uk/potterton-gold/heat.htm