A good boiler should last between 10 and 15 years, so when it's time to replace your old or broken-down boiler, it's important to make sure you select the right replacement - you don't want to end up regretting your choice for the next decade or so!
While pondering this important decision, you may find yourself wondering whether to go for a gas boiler or an electric boiler. Which is better? Well, here are a few things you may want to consider, courtesy of the friendly boiler experts here at ImpraGas:
Which is the cheaper option?
Gas costs 5p/kWh on average, whereas electricity costs 14p/kWH. So on the face of it, gas is by far the cheaper method for heating your home.
However, there are other factors to consider. While gas is cheaper than electricity per unit, the cost of the boiler itself will be higher if you choose gas. Gas boilers are also more difficult (and thus more expensive) to maintain and repair.
Which boilers are more energy-efficient?
On average, electric boilers run more efficiently than gas boilers. Even the best new gas boilers tend to operate under 90% efficiency, and that decreases over time.
Some will argue that electric boilers are more environmentally friendly across the board, but this isn't so black and white. Most of the UK's electricity is still generated from fossil fuels, so even if your boiler isn't directly fuelled by gas, it probably won't make a huge amount of difference to your overall environmental footprint. However, electric boilers and solar panels are a great combination - if you use solar panels to power your home, an electric boiler probably is the greener option after all.
Which boilers are easier to install?
The answer to this question may depend on your property. Some homes are not connected to a gas main. Houses without mains access sometimes rely on propane gas deliveries, but this can be inconvenient. Gas boilers also need to be connected to an outside wall (either directly or via piping).
If your property is on the smaller side and space is an issue, it's worth noting that electric boilers tend to be more compact than gas boilers. A combi boiler can serve as a water heater too, which will save you space and money.
Gas and electric boilers from ImpraGas
ImpraGas supply both gas and electric boilers. Our friendly Gas Safe installers are fully qualified to work with both boiler types.
Whether you choose a gas boiler or an electric boiler, we offer:
- Flexible finance packages
- Fast, professional installation
- Comprehensive service plans
- Extensive warranties
- Ongoing support from our helpful customer service team
In the end, choosing between an electric or gas boiler often comes down to personal preference. All the boilers we supply and install are of an exceptionally high standard, so whichever option you choose, you can rest easy and rely on your boiler to run smoothly and efficiently.
Get a FREE boiler quote now, or feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions about heating your home.