Heating

Hamilton and Thurston have been installing heating systems in Gloucestershire for over 50 years. All our engineers are Gas Safe and Oftec registered ensuring where you require a Gas or Oil boiler it will be installed to a high standard that complies with all the latest building regulations and will give you full certification.

DID YOU KNOW that Boilers account for around 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so changing your old boiler for a new A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls will not only cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions but could also save you as much as £310 a year.

Why are new boilers more efficient? All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. All modern boilers are condensing boilers. There boilers have a bigger heat exchanger than the older boilers, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.

Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name). When this happens, even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour, and the efficiency gets higher still.

What type of boiler should you get?
Most old gas and oil boilers are regular boilers – they have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the boiler.
When you replace your boiler you have a choice of buying a new regular boiler, and keeping your hot water cylinder, or buying a combination boiler that doesn’t need a cylinder.
• How much hot water do you use? A large family using lots of hot water could be better off with a regular boiler – a smaller household using less may be better off with a combi.
• Are you short of space? A combi boiler doesn’t need a hot water cylinder, and so needs less space.

Heating Controls
Whatever the age of your boiler, the right controls will let you set your heating and hot water to come on and off when you need them, heat just the areas of your home you want, and decide how warm you want each area to be. They will also save you money and reduce your Carbon Emmissions for example on a three-bedroom semi-detached home, heated by gas:
• Install a room thermostat if you didn’t have one before: £70 and 280kg carbon dioxide a year.
• Fit a hot water tank thermostat: £30 and 130kg carbon dioxide a year.
• Fit a hot water tank insulation jacket: £45 and 170kg carbon dioxide a year.

You can also make savings by using your controls more effectively:
• Turn down your room thermostat by one degree: save around £65 and 260kg carbon dioxide a year.

You can upgrade or install heating controls without replacing your boiler, and it’s a particularly good idea to think about this if your controls are over 12 years old. Room thermostats, for example, are much more accurate than they used to be.

Give us a call on 01452 523027 to discuss further and remember we can provide a free no obligation quote explaining all the options available on your heating system