Can't afford a new boiler

It's an extremely trying situation: you desperately need a new boiler, but you simply cannot afford it. Many people find themselves in this situation, which probably isn't surprising given how much it costs to pay for a new boiler upfront.

Here at ImpraGas, however, we strongly believe that everyone has a right to be warm in their own home. We have plenty of options available to accommodate those who might not be able to afford a new boiler - visit our Boiler Finance page or read on to learn more.

Boiler Finance Options

Spread the cost and pay as you save

With no deposit required, our spread the cost and pay as you save option will give you the opportunity to pay for your boiler in affordable monthly instalments over the course of 3, 5 or 10 years. This option is ideal for those who will not be able to purchase their boiler in full now or in the near future.

Buy now, pay nothing for 12 months

If you cannot afford to buy your new boiler right now, but you will have the means to do so in 12 months, then this is probably the best option for you. This plan allows you to pay off the sum of your boiler at any time within the 12-month period - you do not necessarily have to wait the full year. No deposit is required with this option either.

Interest-free for 12 months

If you would prefer to just spread the cost of the boiler across 12 months without having to pay any interest, you may be best-suited to an interest-free for 12 months finance plan. Like the 'buy now, pay later' plan above, this plan does not require a deposit.

How does boiler finance work?

Though it may seem a little overwhelming, getting a new boiler on finance is actually fairly straightforward. We have plenty of customers who use our finance plans when they can't afford to buy a boiler outright, and we do everything we can to make the process as simple as possible. We value our relationships with our clients, and we want you to keep warm all year 'round!

Boiler finance works by allowing you to have your boiler installed now and pay for it over a set period of time. This period can be as much as 10 years, reducing your payment to as little as £7 a month depending on the boiler you choose.

On most finance options, apart from our interest-free for 12 months option, you will need to pay interest for borrowing the money. This will be at an APR representative variable of 9.9%.

Boiler Cost Example

If you'd like to work out just how much money you would need to pay back on one of our boiler finance plans, we have a handy calculator on our website to help you work it out. Click here to use our calculator and work out how you will be able to afford your new boiler over a set period of time.

Note: If you are ever unhappy with a financial product or service, you can make a complaint.

The past 12 months have been fantastic for us at ImpraGas. Alongside doubling our team size, we have also doubled the number of boiler installations we have completed across the UK! To top this off, we also achieved 7 awards in the space of just 12 months. 

Here's a look at the awards we are so proud to have achieved. 

  • Greater London Energy Efficiency Awards 2018 - Highly Commended Boiler and Heating Installer and Contractors
  • South East Energy Efficiency Awards 2018 - Highly Commended Boiler and Heating Installer Contractors
  • National Awards - Boiler and Heating Installer of the Year 2018
  • East of England Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes 2017 - Boiler and Heating Installer of the Year
  • South East Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes 2017 - Boiler and Heating Installer of the Year
  • Energy Efficiency Awards Champion of the Year London 2017 - Joseph Valente
  • Quotatis Gold Award - for reaching 100 positive independent reviews 
(We've also been shortlisted as finalists for the Energy Efficiency Awards in West Midlands which is due to be announced on the 22nd of March! Watch this space)

We've worked so hard to achieve these awards and we can't thank those who support us enough! ImpraGas always has the customers best interests in mind and we aim to provide a 5-star customer experience to all who use our service. 

ImpraGas was launched in 2012 by our founder Joseph Valente, winner of the BBC Apprentice 2015. It was created with the aim of changing the public perception of the average 'Gas Man' or 'Salesman' and always putting the customer first. To suit this, all of our packages include everything a customer need to ensure their new boiler is a sound investment, giving them a 10-year peace of mind.

The aim of ImpraGas is to become the UK's leading boiler specialists. Our team dedicates itself to delivering outstanding service, focusing on quality, reliability, honesty, value for money and high-quality workmanship. As we only install boilers and central heating systems, we are now experts in installations and masters of this sector.

Supporting the local community is incredibly important to us at ImpraGas, so we're very pleased to become an award-winning company which can help those around us. Our founder, Joseph Valente recognises the importance of giving back and so we work to help local charities, school engagements and provide young children with an insight as to what the plumbing industry is all about. Joseph himself even attends local schools to speak about apprenticeships, plumbing and how to inspire the young entrepreneurs among us.

Once again, thank you to everyone who supports ImpraGas on our journey. We hope you'll be seeing a lot more of us in the future!

If you'd like a boiler quote from us, you can do so in just a couple of steps here! Or if you'd prefer to speak with a member of our lovely team, you can get in touch on 0333 009 090. 
Boiler Plus

In April this year, the new Boiler Plus legislation will come into effect. It is launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and aims to improve the way people use energy within their homes. But what exactly is Boiler Plus? 

The Boiler Plus legislation aims to give consumers more control over their energy bills by making it easier to reduce energy bills. It also aims to get rid of poorly performing products in a bid to help achieve the EU’s 2020 target of reducing carbon emissions across Europe. To deliver this, the heat sector needs to reduce its carbon emissions significantly, as it currently contributes to 19% of final UK greenhouse gas emissions. 

This legislation wants to raise the bar for both manufacturers and installers and requires the new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in England to have an efficiency level of 92% ErP at least.

So, what are the Boiler Plus requirements? 

By their own admission, BEIS wants the UK to maintain it’s position as the global leader in the gas boiler market. It believes this can be done by introducing the Boiler Plus standards, which include:

  • All Gas Boilers in existing systems in England have to meet an ErP efficiency of at least 92% 
  • Timers and thermostats are a requirement in all gas and oil systems and should be installed at the same time as the boiler
  • All new fitted combination boilers should include either a flue gas heat recovery system, weather compensation, load compensation or smart controls 
Here’s a bit more information about the additional energy efficiency systems needed in combination boilers:

Load Compensation – a boiler control which adjusts the temperature of the water which heats your radiators. The temperature will be regulated accordingly depending on the temperature of the room.

Weather Compensation – this system monitors the weather outside using a sensor and adjusts the heating temperature of the radiators depending on the temperature outside. 

Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device – connecting to the flue outlet, this unit uses a heat exchanger to extract leftover energy from the waste flue gases. This energy then warms the cold water in the combination boiler and reduces the amount of gas needed to increase the temperature. 

Smart Controls with Automation and Optimisation – a smart thermostat allows the heating to control itself depending on a variety of factors. It can be paired with electronic thermostatic radiator valves and can even divide a home into different heating zones. 

Only one of these additional energy efficiency options need to be installed alongside a new/replacement combination boiler to comply with the Boiler Plus legislation.

The new Boiler Plus standards will only affect those installing new boilers or replacing an old boiler. If you have an old boiler, there is no requirement for you to replace your existing boiler, but if you do the BEIS wants to ensure you can be confident that you are ‘investing in an efficient product that will keep [your] bills as low as possible’. 


What do installers need to do? 

Before the Boiler Plus legislation becomes law, installers need to ensure they understand exactly what the scheme entails and work by the standards listed. 

If installers and homeowners do not comply with the Boiler Plus requirements once the legislation is launched in April 2018, they will be breaking the law and could face prosecution. This will be enforced by Building Control and any safety concerns can be raised to the HSE. Furthermore, homeowners who knowingly allow non-compliant work to be carried out could face a charge of up to £5000

It is important to discuss Boiler Plus with your customers prior to installation even if this is before April 2018. Customers may not want to miss out on an energy efficient boiler by just a couple of weeks. The initial installation cost may be slightly higher, but the BEIS believes this can be ‘met with a one-off payment as little as £50’ and can be ‘made back through the savings in bills’.   

To find out more information about the Boiler Plus legislation, you can read the full Boiler Plus Policy Document and the Boiler Plus FAQs here. 

An annual boiler service is a very important part of boiler maintenance, especially if you want your boiler to last for a long time and ultimately save you money. 

Regular boiler services also ensure the safety of your household, as any blockages or leaks could be incredibly dangerous if left unattended. 

But what actually happens during a boiler service? 

A standard boiler service involves a series of checks that are performed by a qualified engineer who should be Gas Safe registered. If you're unsure whether your appointed engineer is Gas Safe, ask to see their Gas Safe ID prior to the inspection. Once you are happy to proceed, here are the following steps which should be included in your boiler service. 

Annual boiler services typically include:

  • Overall Inspection 

Your Gas Safe registered engineer should check your boiler to assess its overall condition. This includes checking the controls, checking for leaks, and looking for any clear visual faults.

  • Boiler Casing Removal 

Your boiler casing should be removed to ensure that everything is clean and running smoothly inside your boiler. The CO and combustion ratio to ensure they are running safety and not emitting too much carbon monoxide gas.

  • Gas Pressure Test 

This check tests the pressure from your boiler and assesses whether it is at the right level. A loss in gas pressure could stop your boiler working. 

  • Flue Check 

A flue check involves checking the flue is properly fitted and it is not blocked by any obstructions. It is vital your flue is not obstructed in any way, as this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. 

  • Switched-On Boiler Check 

Your boiler service engineer may also check how your boiler functions when it is turned on. They may also tidy up or check your boiler for any limescale or debris during the boiler service. 

We specialise in the installation of gas boilers here at ImpraGas - if your old boiler is no longer up to the job we can provide you with a quote in seconds. To find out more about what ImpraGas can do for you (including annual boiler service plans), take a look here
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