Our Helpful Guide To Electric Combi Boilers - Here at Merseyside Central Heating, we know that choosing your boiler is a big decision so we thought weâd try and help you out a little. Thereâs so much to consider. Comparing the running costs of providing your central heating and hot waterâŠ whether you should opt for a gas boiler or an electric combi boilerâŠ how much the installation costs etc areâŠ itâs all enough to make you blow a fuse! It wasnât so long ago that Electric Combi Boilers were unpopular though, as heating your home or water with electricity wasnât very efficient, so weâd like to help to put you in the current picture.
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Anyone above a certain age will smile as they tell you how âpreciousâ we all had to be about putting the immersion heater on for the hot water âback in the dayâ while you waited for the âmagic switchâ to heat a huge stainless steel cylinder full of water. Luckily those days are long gone, as electric combi boilers are now part of a highly competitive and developing industry and are now as efficient as gas boilers - even more so in some cases. Which type of boiler is most suitable for your home?
Before you frazzle your brain with all of the options available to you, it may actually be your home that dictates which type of combi boiler is needed for your heating and hot water provision. Whilst the electric combi is less suitable if you have a large house with many bathrooms, you may not be connected to a gas grid, so factors such as these make a huge difference to which would work best for your home.
Obviously, we can rule out a gas boiler if there isnât a gas supply. This gives you the option of an electric boiler or an oil boiler. Electric combi boilers are far cleaner where emissions are concerned as there is no gas being released into the atmosphere and they also donât require the extra space for an oil tank to store your oil supply in.
When we think about the word âhomeâ it conjures up images of a lovely warm and safe place where you can just relax and escape from the outside world. Our own haven. And in the same way that any well produced show has an army of people behind the scenes running around ensuring all of the details are tended to, so that the part you see runs seamlessly, our homes are the same. Weâve all been there, and just one or two details being neglected can be the difference between everything being memorable for all the right or the wrong reasons.
Talking of space, the handy thing about an electric combi boiler is that they are small enough to fit into a kitchen or laundry cupboard so they are perfect if space is at a premium. They are far quieter than their gas equivalent too so if you have a small property such as a flat, you literally have a silent partner in your home keeping you warm which makes a difference when your rooms are all close together. However, if your house is larger and has more than two bathrooms, we probably wouldnât advise that you opt for an electric combi boiler as itâs unlikely to be able to keep up with the water flow and return on that scale.
Which type of boiler is most cost-effective? If youâre trying to work out which type of boiler will be the best investment long term, it isnât a matter of simply comparing one with the other as there are a few factors to consider:
In terms of the actual boiler unit, the initial cost of buying an electric combi is slightly more than that of a gas boiler. Not only do you need to compare the combi boiler cost though, you also need to consider your combi boiler installation costs too. For example gas combi boilers require a flue to outside, this can be a large added expense especially when the gas combi boiler is in a high location (which require scaffolding) or terminating through a roof, were the electric combi boiler does not require any flues or carbon monoxide alarms whatsoever. If youâre being thorough with your annual energy comparisons between the two boiler types, the CO detectors could be the equivalent of a few weeks heating costs so definitely need to be borne in mind. You may also need a flue installing for the gas emissions so this is a further saving if you are opting for the electric combination boiler.
Ongoing Maintenance and Repair Costs - More good news! This is fun isnât it! As weâve already mentioned, with the gas boilers youâll need to budget for annual safety inspections or boiler service which need to be conducted by a gas safe qualified engineer. You donât have to factor that in at all with the electric combi heaters. In fact, the cost of all of the general repairs to an electric combi over the lifespan of the boiler are less than that of a gas boiler. Donât worry - weâre not suggesting that gas boilers are troublesome, itâs more that the incidence of problems is usually much lower in an electric combi as there are less working parts inside it than inside that of a gas boiler.
As there are less working parts, there are fewer things to go wrong with age or wear and tear so the electric combi can actually last twice as long as a gas one if maintained well. In terms of maintenance though, your only real consideration is limescale, so having a magnetic filter on your central heating circuit and limescale reducer on the cold water inlet to the boiler should keep that problem at bay. We make sure that every electric boiler we fit gets a full chemical flush too.
Ongoing Running Costs - This is where there is a less distinct advantage to either of your choices. If you are looking at energy costs alone, with gas unit costs versus electricity units, gas is cheaper but obviously, the various boilers donât use identical numbers of units. If you use your electricity well, you can sometimes take advantage of the off-peak tariffs or even P.V solar panels too so the overall energy usage of the two boiler types works out different for each household. However, once youâve added in the additional annual costs such as your gas certificate and boiler servicing etc, the electric combi is still more economical. On an average tariff the electric boiler runs at about ÂŁ3 per hour to run flat out, but bear in mind the gas valves on these units are designed to lower the gas consumption when you select a lower running temperature.
This is another area where there isnât a clear comparison as itâs a bit like trying to compare a Fiat 500 with a Range Rover. The size of your house, how powerful the boiler that you opt for is, how many bathrooms are in your home etc and of course maintenance, all play major parts in how long your boiler will last. If you look at averages though, the electric combi can sometimes last twice as long as the gas boiler and itâs likely youâll have replaced fewer parts along the way too.
Here to Help - in More Ways Than One We hope this information has helped you see that an electric combi boiler could be a highly efficient option for your heating system and hot water provision in your home. Electric combi boilers tend to be slightly more expensive than the gas boilers but have lower running costs overall. We always have the latest and most efficient models here for you. If you need any help with your boiler purchase itâs not just a quote we offer, we like to offer our expert advise to make sure you are making the correct decision for your new boiler.
Here at Merseyside Central Heating, our friendly family run business has been helping people to stay warm for 45 years so if youâd like any further information or advice on the best choice for you, why not get in touch as weâd love to help.