Boilers and Student Accommodation – What To Look Out For

Many students have started university this month and will likely be living in accommodation to complete their studies. An essential part of getting settled into your new accommodation is to check that all appliances, including your central heating system, are functioning correctly and efficiently. In this blog, we will discuss what to look out for and how to address any concerns.

Firstly, it is important to consider whether you are living on a university campus, or whether you are living in private accommodation. If you are living on the university’s campus, it is the responsibility of the university to address any heating concerns. If you are concerned about your boiler, you should contact your university. If you are in private accommodation, you will need to contact your landlord.

Signing the lease

If you are going to live in private accommodation, you should check out the central heating system in advance to ensure there are not any issues before moving in. This can include asking for evidence of a gas safety check certificate, checking for a sufficient fire and carbon monoxide alarm, and asking for the boiler to be turned on.

Issues living in accommodation

Boilers inevitably become less efficient as they age, and can stop functioning as well. This could occur while you are living in private accommodation, which can be difficult to deal with. If you start to notice any issues or concerns, you should raise them with your landlord. It is your landlord’s responsibility to resolve any issues with your boiler, so they should organise an annual servicing to ensure your boiler is running perfectly. To understand the importance and benefits to getting your boiler serviced annually, please click here.

What to look out for

There are many ways you can identify issues with your boiler, for safety or financial benefits. This includes:
-Soot build-up or a yellow flame: These are indicators of a carbon monoxide leak; make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm and alert your landlord as soon as possible. To learn more about identifying signs of a carbon monoxide leak, please click here.
-Cold spots on radiators: Having cold spots at the top of your radiator when the central heating system is on is often an indication of air being trapped in your radiators. You should bleed your radiators and see if that improves the issue. We have a guide on how to safely bleed your radiators, which you can read here.
-Noise: If your radiators start to bang, clang or gurgle, then that can be an indication of there not being enough water in the system. You should contact your landlord immediately to get a specialist to check your boiler.

If you would like a boiler installing or repairing, please contact Bradford Boiler Company at info@bradfordboilercompany.co.uk or 01247 317169.

Are Oil Boilers Being Phased Out?

Due to recent encouragement by the UK government to become more environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, there have been debates about whether oil boilers will be phased out, and if so, what will replace them. In this blog, we will explain what oil boilers are and whether they are being phased out.

Most UK houses have gas combi boilers due to having access to the grids. However, over 3 million houses in the UK do not have access to the gas grids, meaning that they have to be reliant on oil boilers to heat their homes. To learn more about oil boilers, please read our guide to oil combi boilers here.

Why are oil boilers bad for the environment?

Oil is a fossil fuel; a non-renewable source of energy. Fossil fuels have to be burned in order to provide the energy we need. However, they create a lot of unwanted products when burned, including carbon dioxide.

Are oil boilers being phased out?

As the UK government pledges to become carbon neutral by 2050, they have put different rules in place to ensure they can meet their goals. This includes stopping the installation of oil boilers in 2025 for newbuild homes. Currently, there are no plans to ban all oil boilers, but there might be more plans in the future to introduce alternatives.

Are there any alternatives to oil boilers?

Companies such as Worcester Bosch are in the process of creating hydrogen boilers. Hydrogen boilers use a mixture of hydrogen gas and natural gas to heat your home. Burning hydrogen gas only produces water as a waste product, meaning they are more environmentally friendly. Hydrogen boilers have not been released yet, but are looking promising to be released and used as an alternative to oil boilers long-term.

In addition to this, there are renewable sources of energy that can be used as an alternative to oil boilers, including solar power.

If you have any questions or would like a boiler installed, please contact us on 01274 317169 or at info@bradfordboilercompany.co.uk.

Find out more about how Bradford Boiler Company can help with your oil boiler here.

Are Oil Boilers Efficient?

When moving to a new home, it is very important to know whether your house has a gas supply. Over 4 million homes in the UK do not have access to mains gas networks, meaning it is essential for these houses to have an oil boiler to heat their home.

Oil boilers are very similar to gas boilers in that they both heat water to send through your radiators and hot taps. However, oil boilers are not directly connected to any grid; meaning a physical tank is required to store the oil.

Are oil boilers efficient?

Oil boilers can be just as efficient as gas boilers; sometimes even more efficient. An A-rated oil boiler can be up to 98% efficient. Due to age and heat being lost through the flue, boilers will never be 100% efficient. To maintain your boiler’s efficiency as it ages, you should annually service your boiler to identify any current and potential long-term issues. To see the full list of benefits to servicing your boiler, please click here.

If you are interested in boiler efficiency, please read our blog about efficiency here.

What are the advantages of an oil boiler?

There are a variety of benefits to having an oil boiler, including:
-If your house does not have access to the mains gas supply, then oil can be delivered to your house
-Oil does not produce carbon monoxide when heated
-It is easy to stock up on oil when oil prices drop
-Oil boilers work well with renewable sources of energy, such as solar or wind power
-You are not restricted to specific oil suppliers under a contract

What are the disadvantages of an oil burner?

Despite how efficient oil boilers are, they do also have their drawbacks:
-Oil is a fossil fuel, which when burned has a very negative impact on the environment.
-Oil prices can fluctuate, which can impact affordability
-You have to regularly check your oil container to know when to buy more oil
-Oil boilers are being phased out by the UK government to protect the environment. No new oil boilers can be installed after 2025.

If you would like a boiler installing or repairing, please contact Bradford Boiler Company at info@bradfordboilercompany.co.uk or 01247 317169.

Find out more about how Bradford Boiler Company can help with your oil boiler here.

What size boiler should I get?

On average, boilers last 10 years before they need replacing. Once they break down or no longer work effectively, they need replacing. In this blog, we will explain which size boiler will be ideal for you and your home.

What does size mean in terms of boilers?

‘Size’, in the context of boilers, refers to kilowatts (kW). A “larger” boiler will have a larger amount of kWs; it will not necessarily be physically bigger. It is very important to keep in mind that you should purchase a boiler that suits your and your home’s needs; buying a boiler that has a larger kW than you need will only waste the fuel and will become a long-term financial burden. Likewise, it is also important to not try to save money by buying too little, as you will run out of hot water.

Types of boiler

Your boiler type will impact which size boiler you will need, due to how the different types of boiler are made. Before purchasing a boiler, you should consider which boiler type you have and which one would be beneficial for your hot water needs. The three types of boiler are:
-Combi boiler: A combi boiler is the most common type of boiler found in UK houses. Combi boilers are most efficient for small houses due to only heating the water you need.
-System boiler: A system boiler heats your hot water and heating system through a water cylinder, typically located in the attic. System boilers receive their water directly through the mains which is very useful for large houses.
-Conventional boiler: A conventional boiler heats your hot water and heating system through a water cylinder. Conventional boilers are useful for older buildings that may not be able to handle higher boiler pressure.

Count your radiators

One way to determine what size boiler you will need is to count your radiators. For example, if you live in a one-bedroom bungalow, you will need a smaller boiler than a 5 bedroom house, due to having a larger demand for hot water. Below are estimates to what size boiler you need, depending on the type of boiler, and how many radiators you have:

Combi boilers:
-Up to 10 radiators: 24kW – 27kW
-10 – 15 radiators: 28kW – 34kW
-15 – 20 radiators: 35kW – 42kW

System and Conventional boilers:
-Up to 10 radiators: 12kW – 15kW
-10 – 15 radiators: 18kW – 24kW
-15 – 20 radiators: 30kW – 40kW

Combi boilers require more energy due to heating the water instantly, unlike system and conventional boilers. It is very important to know which boiler type you have so you can ensure you purchase the correct size boiler, using the estimations above.

If you have any concerns or would like a boiler installed, please do not hesitate to contact Bradford Boiler Company at 01274 317169 or at info@bradfordboilercompany.co.uk.

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