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Which are the Best and Worst Boiler Brands

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Which is the Best Boiler Brand for My Central Heating?

Upgrading your old G-rated boiler for a more fuel efficient A-rated boiler can save you up to £235 per year in energy costs. The modern eco-friendly boilers are so energy efficient that all new boilers installed in the UK must be A-rated energy efficient boilers to help reduce the impact of CO2 emissions from the nations heating requirements.

Which type of boiler is right for my home?

The most common type of new boiler installation in the home is a condensing boiler. These energy efficient boilers use a significant amount of energy produced which would have gone to waste in older boiler types.

Condensing boilers are the preferred boiler type for any homes which are connected to the mains gas supply and use this as their main energy source. Some homes still rely on oil-powered boilers however and these properties will be limited to oil only boilers.

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Understanding your Heating and Hot Water Systems

Understanding your Heating and Hot Water Systems

If you would like to save money on your central heating and hot water bills, one of the most helpful ways to create a more efficient system is to understand your current heating system and find out if there is a better option available for your household.

Saving money on your heating bills

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About Landlord Gas Safety Checks in Lancashire

About Landlord Gas Safety Checks in Lancashire

Who is required to provide landlord Gas Safety Certificates?

The landlord of a property is responsible for the safety of all the tenants who live within the building. It is the landlords legal duty to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and fittings are safe for tenant use.

The areas which need to be checked include all gas appliances and installations that a tenant has access to and within any communal areas. The landlord is responsible for maintenance, installation and repair of any gas pipework, flues or appliances.

How often does a Gas Safety Check need to be completed?

It is generally recommended that a Gas Safe registered engineer is employed to carry out an inspection of any property that you let out to tenants once a year to ensure that all of your appliances, pipework and fittings remain in a safe working condition.

Within 12 months of a new gas appliance installation, the landlord is responsible for ensuring that a Gas Safe registered engineer completes an inspection and continues to do so annually after that point.

Who is the Landlord of a Property?

A landlord is the owner of a property which has been rented out under a lease of less than seven years. A landlord is responsible for any of the following occupied accommodation:

  • Residential premises which have been provided for rent by private sector landlords, local authorities, hostels or housing co-operatives.
  • Rooms which have been let within hotels, private households, bed-sit accommodation or bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • Rented holiday accommodation which include cottages, chalets, caravans, flats, and narrow boats located on inland waterways.

Who Can Carry out Gas Safety Inspections?

Any inspections, maintenance, repair work or installations of gas appliances must only be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Once a safety inspection has been completed, the landlord is required to keep a copy of the safety check record for 2 years.

Following a gas safety inspection, it is required that the landlord provide each tenant with details of the check. All existing tenants should receive a copy of the report within 28 days of the inspection and any new occupiers should be issued with a copy before they move into the property.

Can a Landlord gain access to a property to complete a Gas Safety Inspection?

The landlord of the property must make reasonable attempts to provide notice of the gas safety inspection so that the tenant is aware of the date of the checks and has access to your contact details.

A landlord should not use force to gain access to a property. Within the contract that is drawn up between the tenant and the landlord, it should be agreed that access is required for safety and maintenance inspections.

Find a Gas Safe Engineer in Lancashire by following this link.

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers

These findings from Ethical Consumer have rated the variety of heating systems available to find out which is the most energy efficient and green product to heat your home.

Energy Efficient Gas Boilers

According to UK law, all new boiler installations must be high efficiency condensing boilers. High efficiency condensing boilers can reduce your heating bill by up to 40% and CO2 emissions by 30%.

Compared to older boilers which were able to convert about 60% of the energy used into heat, a new condensing boiler will convert over 90% of fuel into heat.

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Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?

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Central Heating Maintenance

Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?

Following a boiler installation or old boiler servicing, you should get it serviced again within 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly. This is a required service that homeowners must complete and many customers wish to understand why they should pay the extra cost.

Most gas boiler manufacturers advise that your boiler undertakes an annual boiler servicing to ensure that it remains operating efficiently. If you fail to carry out a boiler servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer, you may find that your manufacturer guarantee becomes void.

Getting your boiler serviced on an annual basis requires additional money spent each year but the results of not having your boiler checked and serviced could become even more costly and result in loosing your guarantee, having to pay for costly repairs or a boiler replacement.

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