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.