15 Years Since Condensing Boilers Legislation

It’s obviously been a tough couple of months for all industries, including the heating industry. Of course, many of you will have still worked through these difficult times as key workers, ensuring that the nations heating, plumbing and electricity continues on despite all the uncertainty. Many will be heading back in the next few weeks into a world where work continues, but in a different way. One thing that our industry has always been excellent at is adapting to change, so we see this challenge as no different. A great example of this was the legislation switch that said that all gas boilers installed in the U.K. must be condensing boilers.

Condensing boilers work by extracting some additional heat from the waste gases produced by the boiler. Heat exchangers are used to condense water vapour to liquid water, which recycles some of the latent heat which would otherwise be wasted.

This mandate was introduced 15 years ago in 2005, and has since been the biggest effort the country has ever seen in reducing CO2 emissions. Condensing boilers on average run 20%-30% more efficient than standard conventional boilers, and although of course there will still be some inaction, since the legislation there have been around 20 million more condensing boilers installed. All these changes, including updates to building regulations for moving away from non condensing boilers to high efficiency condensing boilers have resulted in an estimated reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.3 tonnes a year.

Just as boiler manufacturers and consumers once all adapted to these changes 15 years ago, we may soon have to adapt further as the government is looking at even more ways to save carbon emissions in coming years. With over 85% of homes using central heating it is no surprise that the regulation of boilers can have a huge impact on the environment and the U.K’s natural gas emissions. The government have set out a 20-20-20 package for the following year that will see greenhouse gas emissions cut by 20%, the increase of renewables used by 20% and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency. In order to hit the target and reduce carbon emissions the public is being encouraged to replace older boilers (of which there is thought to be around 4 million) which can be over 30% inefficient, not only damaging the environment but also wasting money for the consumer.

Although your older boiler might still be working ok in your eyes, this summer it might be time to consider upgrading your central heating system. You shouldn’t wait for an old boiler to give up before considering upgrading, be part of the 20-20-20 pact and replace your boiler now with a new boiler to start contributing to a reduced carbon U.K. The good news is that because condensing boilers work more efficiently than the traditional type of boiler you can also save money on your energy bills.

Another great way that you can start thinking about a reduction in your carbon emissions is by using smart controls. At the moment, Mr Central Heating have a fantastic offer that combines upgrading your boiler and using a smart thermostat, to provide you with sustainable, effective and reliable heating for years to come. The Baxi boiler in the Platinum, Megaflo and Duo-tec ranges are now available in a bundle with a Nest Thermostat E thermostat.

By fitting a Nest Thermostat E from Google, you could save money, up to £75 and 330kg of carbon a year, due to its adaptable learning schedule. The great thing about the Nest Thermostat E is that it turns off when you’re not there and senses when you are. By working for you and your routine, heat and energy isn’t wasted and results in a highly efficient output. This is a great way to help reduce your overall carbon footprint. You can also use the Nest App on your smart phone which works with Nest products which will help you save energy when using your heating system. Using an app allows you to use remote control to run your home when you are home/away. Smart controls that can automatically switch on/off when you're not at home are much more efficient than old thermostats that rely on you to program in an auto-schedule. Smart controls can also work with traditional system boilers, condensing boilers and combi boilers.

There have been a lot of successful changes in the way people use heating in the past 15 years. We’ve managed to achieve what we set out to do, but there is still a long way to go. Don’t get left behind, make these changes before you have to, you’ll definitely save time and energy with Mr Central Heating and our products.

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