Can I replace my gas boiler with an electric boiler? This simple answer to this is yes.  In more recent years, people have been looking at the option of switching to electric heating systems. At Fixx, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons of the electric boiler to see if it’s the right choice for you and your family.

Pros

  • Electric heating systems and boilers are seen as the greener option over gas, which uses environmentally damaging fossil fuels. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint in an ever increasing eco-friendly world, and electric boiler may be for you.
  • The installation costs of an electric boiler tend to be lower than that of its gas boiler counter-part.
  • Unlike gas boilers, there is no threat of carbon-monoxide poisoning as electric boilers don’t burn fuel to produce your household heat, leaving you with peace of mind for your family’s safety and wellbeing.
  • Due to their increased safety levels, electric boilers don’t require annual safety and maintenance checks, saving you time and money. If your electric radiator fails, you will likely only lose heat from that one radiator and room rather than the whole household.
  • Electric boilers are notably quieter than gas boilers, meaning the creaky pipes and bangs from your boiler will be a thing of the past.
  • An electric boiler can be considered more reliable due to fewer moving parts, and so fewer things to breakdown or go wrong.  As there is no water running through pipes, so you will have less risk of leaks that cause household damage. Sounds like a win-win.

Cons

  • In some instances, electric boilers can work out more expensive in the long run in terms of running costs, particularly if your home is on the larger size and less insulated. We’d recommend checking your energy tariff and changing to get the right deal for you. This is something to monitor as tariffs are subject to change. Uswitch are a price comparison website that will be able to help you find the best available deals to power your home for less.

If an electric boiler sounds right for you, why not call the Fixx team today to discuss this further. Our helpdesk is available to answer any questions you might have and can arrange a visit from one of our Gas Safe and NICEIC engineers as your convenience.

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