Choosing an LPG Boiler – Should You Opt For a LPG Gas Installation?
There are around four million homes not on the natural gas network and many of these properties opt for an LPG boiler. The main options for those without natural gas to heat their radiators and central heating are installing an LPG combi boiler, LPG system boiler or an oil boiler.
If you are in the market for a new unit and are considering an LPG gas boiler, this page will tell you about the pros and cons of picking LPG over oil boilers, the type of LPG boiler you need and the additional considerations you need to bear in mind, such as installing an LPG gas tank.
Clever Energy Boilers can supply and fit your new LPG boiler efficiently and professionally, with as little disruption to you as possible. We are LPG installers who take care to leave no mess behind, thoroughly cleaning up after we install your new LPG boiler and LPG gas tank. Our recommendation would be for one of the range of Worcester LPG boilers, as we believe this firm supplies the best units on the market. This belief is backed up by consumer champion Which? Magazine, which has placed Worcester Bosch at the top of its boiler report for each of the last ten years.
Reasons For and Against Installing an LPG Boiler
The reasons for installing an LPG boiler over an oil boiler are numerous:
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An LPG gas boiler costs less to buy than an oil boiler in general terms, when comparing similar power outputs and abilities. This means that you are already saving money by taking this option. Obviously, the better the standard of LPG boiler, the more expensive it will be, but that is the same for any type of boiler and oil boilers also vary in cost due to build quality, reliability and other factors.
For example, a Worcester LPG boiler may cost more than a budget brand oil boiler, but it will more than likely be more efficient and will certainly be better built, which means it should be more reliable too. Simply put, if you choose LPG central heating, you will get a better boiler than paying the same price for the oil alternative.
LPG Boiler Efficiency
LPG boiler efficiency exceeds that of oil boilers. It is true that the LPG gas price per litre works out as more expensive than the equivalent amount of oil, but the efficiency of your LPG gas boiler is far greater, meaning you save money on every heating bill. You will notice even bigger savings if you swap an old oil boiler for a brand new, modern LPG combi boiler or system boiler.
The more efficient your LPG boiler, the less gas is wasted powering the unit and the more actually converts into heat. This is great for lowering energy bills and it is also good news for the environment.
LPG Central Heating is Cleaner
LPG central heating is a cleaner way of making your home cosy than oil. It is, of course, not completely clean, but the estimates are that you will produce around 15-20% less carbon using an LPG boiler than you would with oil.
You Need an LPG Gas Tank
One thing that might concern anyone looking into installing an LPG boiler is the need for an external gas tank. Keep reading to find out more about choosing between an overground or underground LPG tank and other details. Choosing an oil boiler will not save you from having to fit a tank, though. These need external storage too.
Remembering to Refill the LPG Gas Tank
Once the gas in your LPG gas tank is gone, you can no longer heat your radiators or hot water. This means that having an LPG gas boiler requires you to keep on top of storage levels and deliveries. However, you will find just the same issue with an oil storage tank.
LPG Combi Boiler or LPG System Boiler?
If you decide on heating your home with an LPG boiler, you still have another decision to make. Do you plump for an LPG combi boiler or an LPG system boiler? The answer to this lies in how big your home is, how many bathrooms you have and what demands your family place on the hot water supply.
An LPG combi boiler is easier to fit because there are fewer parts. Everything is contained within the single unit and various models can happily provide central heating for small, medium and some larger houses with up to two bathrooms. However, because the LPG combi boiler heats the water on demand from the mains, anything more than two bathrooms means that it will struggle to keep up with multiple hot water uses at once.
This is where an LPG system boiler takes over. It also takes its water supply from the mains, but it preheats that water and stores it in a cylinder until someone turns the taps on. Because this hot water is already available, it can handle multiple showers and sink taps running all at the same time.
To work out whether you need an LPG combi boiler or an LPG system boiler, an expert member of Clever Energy Boilers staff will come to your home and carry out a survey to assess your needs. This is a free service and there is no obligation to buy, but it will help you understand the type of LPG boiler you need and the kind of output that would serve your home and family in the most efficient way possible.
LPG Gas Tank
When considering the LPG gas tank you need to supply your boiler, you should seek out professional advice. We are more than happy to visit your property and advise you on the specifications you require in your LPG gas tank.
You can choose to install an underground LPG tank, which is a great way of hiding it from view, which many LPG boiler owners choose to do. However, you do need to make sure that the ground in which it sits is not prone to flooding. There should be no utilities in the general area of the underground LPG tank and you should avoid this if you have a high clay content in your soil.
An overground LPG gas tank might look a bit more imposing, but is your only alternative if the ground does not meet the requirements for an underground LPG tank. You can disguise your LPG above ground tank, but any materials used to block the tank from view must be non-flammable. It also needs a concrete base and a space left around the tank where there are no walls or other obstacles to prevent a build up of LPG in the event of a leak.
You also need to provide adequate access to the inlet of the LPG gas tank to allow the tanker to fill it up regularly.
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Worcester LPG Boilers and the LPG Boiler Installation Cost
As accredited Worcester Bosch boiler installers, we recommend this market-leading firm’s products. They are consistently praised by customers and gas professionals alike for their efficient and reliable boilers that are easy to install and maintain. This is why Worcester LPG boilers are the perfect choice for the 16% of UK homes not on the natural gas network.
The majority of Worcester Bosch’s most popular boilers are also available in LPG versions, so you can receive the same outstanding service from your boiler as those using mains gas. These Worcester LPG boilers include the stunning new Greenstar Lifestyle range. These LPG boilers look great on the wall and pack a really powerful punch when it comes to providing warmth and hot water. The controls are easy to use and to adjust precisely, minimising energy waste, and you can connect them up to smart devices to control your LPG central heating from anywhere with an internet connection.
Simply call us today on 0330 055 2210 to talk about your LPG gas installation. The LPG boiler installation cost depends on a number of factors. If you already have an LPG gas tank, the process will be more simple and less costly than if you need one installing. If you are swapping like for like, for example an LPG combi boiler for another LPG combi boiler, that will be cheaper than changing a combi for a system boiler.
After our home survey, we will provide you with recommendations for standard and premium LPG boilers. These quotes will be fixed to allow you to make up your mind about the LPG gas boiler that will work best for you.