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What do I Need to Think About when Buying a New Boiler?

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If your old boiler has finally given in, or you simply want an upgrade, buying a new boiler can be quite a complicated process. This may be made even more difficult if winter is approaching, as heating your home might be even more of a priority. Those with young children especially may also be concerned about how a loss of hot water can affect keeping their children clean and hygienic. By factoring in the different elements relating to your purchase of a new boiler before it becomes a significant issue, you may make the process that much simpler if and when the time does arrive.

One of the main factors that can come into any aspect of purchase can be the cost of buying a new boiler. While those in rented accommodation may have this service provided by their landlord or housing association, homeowners will most likely need to find the money themselves. This price may vary depending on the type of boiler you choose. 

In addition to this, there might be other costs that you need to factor in. Certain boilers may work better with specific thermostats. When changing your boiler, you might also want to change the way that you operate it. This can especially be the case when your usual method is quite complex, or doesn’t give you as much flexibility as you might like.

Thanks to the changes in modern technology, you may also want to have a smart thermostat fitted, allowing you to not only adjust the temperature at which your boiler operates from the dials or buttons in your home, but to also be able to make remote changes, which can be perfect for heating the water or radiators a short amount of time before you return home. At present, a name-brand smart thermostat is likely to cost in the region of £200

To have the boiler installed by a qualified engineer, and connected to your thermostat of choice, you may also need to include this within your budget. At the very minimum, you may want to make sure that your engineer has a heating or gas installation qualification. This means that they should have been given the basic training to install and repair these items safely and efficiently. 

The price you pay to your engineer may also relate to a number of other aspects too. As an example, a tradesman who has been in the business many years, and therefore built up their experience and knowledge to a higher level, could cost more than someone who is starting out and trying to build up their client base.

Good planning for having your boiler changed can also be key to keeping those costs down. While this may not change the cost of the boiler and parts itself, it can help you to avoid emergency callout fees, or paying for expedited service.

Keeping your home and water warm, particularly in the colder months, can allow you to have a much more comfortable lifestyle. By considering your family’s needs, as well as the aspects that can make life easier, you may be able to choose the right boiler for your home.

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