Ecopower Heating steps in
We read an interesting newspaper article in the Ecopower Heating office this week and thought we would share the story with you. Michael Hanlon, Science Editor for the Daily Mail confirmed what we have always said about condensing gas boilers in an article that details yet another reason why electric heating is the smartest choice.
According to the article, British Gas had 60,000 callouts in Yorkshire alone over the cold snap. The majority of these callouts would most likely be for problems with condensing boilers costing the homeowners hundreds of pounds. The problem with condensing boilers arises during particularly cold weather. When the temperature drops, a pipe which drains condensation from the back of the boiler freezes. This causes the boiler to cut out leaving the house cold and the homeowner out of pocket. With some condensing gas boilers costing £2000 or more, the fuel cost savings that you would expect from the efficiency gains of the boiler are totally offset by the purchase price, annual maintenance and inevitable callout charges that will come. If you are replacing an old boiler, or installing a new wet system, you are now legally obliged to fit a condensing boiler thanks to out dated and poorly researched government policy. Claims of high efficiency are now very dubious, and reliability has proven to be extremely poor.
Even without taking the servicing and callout costs into account, the average homeowner may have to wait at least ten years before they see any payback resulting from any efficiency gains. Herein lies another problem. The boilers do not last for ten years. Charlie Mullins, MD of Pimlico Plumbers told the Daily Mail: ‘You might get 20 years out of one of the old ones, but it is more like three to six years out of one of these new ones. In fact, if it goes wrong after four years, you are better off replacing a condensing boiler altogether because of the horrendous cost of the parts.’
Ecopower Heating’s view on condensing gas boilers is the same as ever. We would avoid them at all costs. Now that this is the only available type of boiler, there are very few other heating options available. Our electric heating systems are the simplest, most efficient, reliable and cost effective solution for most applications. Ecopower Electric Radiators solve all of the problems associated with conventional wet central heating systems and outdated electric night storage heaters. Check out our electric heating solutions at http://ecopowerheating.co.uk
Due to outstanding system reliability, we include a 25 year warranty at no extra cost. Thats 25 years peace of mind. No replacement boiler units, no callout charges, no servicing, no annual inspections, no annual insurance or cover plans for a full 25 years!
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