One of the toughest decisions you will have to make is what type of fuel to select for your boiler. There are a number of options to choose from so you need to decide which is best for you. The following is information about the pros and cons of an electric boiler. It may help you to decide if you should go with this type.
What is an electric boiler?
Firstly a little background. Certain boilers can use electricity to heat water and power the central heating systems. The electric comes from the mains to provide convenient, consistent supplies.
How do they work?
Generally the boiler will have a large water tank attached to it. In the bottom there will be a series of heating elements. When electricity passes through them they reach very high temperatures and the water is heated up. A pump will send this hot water to radiators and taps when it reaches the right temperature.
What are the pros?
There are a number of benefits to choosing this kind of boiler over other types of fuel. It is definitely worth considering all of them.
The thing to remember with electric boilers is they don’t produce waste gas. That means there is no lost heat at all, resulting in better efficiency. Many models are 99% efficient, outperforming appliances powered by gas and biofuel.
Better for the environment
An added benefit of the lack of waste gas is the boilers are better for the environment. They don’t release any of this pollution at all. Modern gas appliances now feature condensing technology to reuse the gas rather than waste it. Unfortunately this produces a hazardous sludge that needs to be disposed. Again electric appliances don’t produce this.
Electric boilers don’t need a flue because there is no waste gas to expel. As a result they can be placed in far more locations within a property. No fuel tank is needed either so the units are generally smaller.
It is easier to hook up an electric boiler to the mains than it is to install a new gas line. Generally all it takes is a little additional wiring. As a result boiler installation is usually cheaper.
There are no concerns about gas leaks with electric boilers because they don’t use the fuel at all. In addition they don’t create carbon monoxide. This means your safety is more assured.
The only real maintenance you need to do on this kind of boiler is clean out the tank periodically to get rid of any debris brought in with the water. There is no burning so no residue to clean or concerns about pilot lights. This should also result in fewer boiler repairs.
What are the potential cons?
Although there are a number of benefits to consider there are a few downsides. Again you should carefully weigh them up, particularly against the pros.
Electricity is more expensive
Everybody knows that gas is cheaper than electricity. As a result the boilers will cost a little more to run. Even a unit that is more efficient than its gas counterpart will come with slightly higher bills.
The major thing to keep in mind with electric boilers is they can’t generate as much heat as gas appliances. They are great for smaller homes but may struggle to effectively heat a larger property. It is wise to consider your heating needs and make sure the boiler you select can meet them.
Another issue is that a power cut will send your heating and hot water off too. If you live in an area where loss of electricity is common you will likely be better served with a gas model.
Weigh up all of the pros and cons of an electric boiler
As you can see there are a number of things to consider. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of an electric boiler carefully before making your final decision. Think about short term upfront costs as well as ongoing maintenance and energy bills. Also keep in mind the size of the property and how much you will need.
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