James Elston

Published May 15, 2024

Did you know that old boilers are generally only 50% energy efficient? This means they only convert 50% of their fuel into heat. Installing a modern boiler with an efficiency of 90%+ substantially boosts the energy efficiency of your property.

With many types, models, and sizes of boilers available, choosing the best boiler for your property can be hard. That’s why consulting a boiler expert is always a good idea. Eco Happy are the boiler professionals you can trust. We have completed thousands of successful boiler installations around the UK.

An improperly fitted boiler can cost you money and pose a danger. Eco Happy’s skilled engineers will professionally and safely handle your boiler installation in Brighouse, delivering the efficiency and lower heating bills you deserve!

What Type Of Boiler Do You Need?

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right boiler for your space. The size of your property, existing insulation, hot water needs, the type of boiler you’re replacing, and your existing fuel lines are some of the variables.

To help guide your decision, let’s look at the different types of boilers available.

Combi boiler

Combi boilers combine central heating and hot water functions into a single unit. Their streamlined design doesn’t require separate hot or cold water tanks, making them compact enough to fit in a cupboard. Combis typically run on gas, electricity, or oil and come in various sizes to suit different heating demands.

Combi boilers have become increasingly popular in UK homes and small offices. However, the standard combi is not very effective at delivering heated water to several taps simultaneously.

To get around this limitation, you could consider a hybrid option, called a combi storage boiler. This system combines a combi boiler with an integrated hot water tank that allows you to run several hot faucets simultaneously.

Overall, combis are best for apartments, smaller homes, or offices with just one bathroom.

Electric boiler

Electric boilers use heating elements (similar to a kettle) to heat the water that distributes to your taps, radiators and underfloor heating.

Electric boilers are quiet, easy to install, and comparatively low maintenance. They are also energy efficient, converting nearly 100% of the electricity used to produce heat (compared to only 50% for some old gas boilers). On the other hand, the running costs of electric boilers are higher than gas alternatives – electricity prices average 24.50p per kWh compared to gas at 6.04p per kWh (as of May 2024).

The real benefit of electric boilers is realised when the boiler is integrated with solar panels or other renewable energy sources. An electric boiler may be the perfect heating solution for a home or small workplace powered by renewables.

System boiler

A system boiler connects directly to the water mains supply and includes a hot water cylinder to store heated water. This setup ensures a reliable hot water supply, as well as adequate heat to radiators and underfloor heating. Unlike traditional boilers, a system boiler doesn’t need a cold water tank, which saves space. These boilers come in gas, electric, LPG, or oil models.

A system boiler is highly suitable for busy homes where several taps or showers may run at the same time. It’s also a good choice for medium or large commercial buildings.

Biomass boiler

A biomass boiler uses wood pellets, logs, or chips as its fuel source. When connected to a water tank, it provides both central heating and hot water. Biomass boilers are considered a green choice because they don’t burn fossil fuels and many biomass fuel companies plant new trees to replace those they cut down for product.

Biomass pellets or logs are relatively cheap, costing an average of 3p-6p per kWh. However, biomass boilers are more expensive to install than alternatives. You can pay over £10,000 for a top-range automatic model (excluding installation). The UK Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) provides grants of £5,000 to assist property owners wanting to invest in biomass technology.

A biomass boiler can effectively heat larger homes and many business premises. However, the fuel is quite bulky to store, so these boilers are not really suited to properties with limited space.

Conventional boiler

The conventional boiler is the mainstay of the UK’s heating landscape. Comprising a boiler unit, hot water cylinder, and cold water tank, these traditional boilers still heat over 80% of the country’s homes.

Most regular boilers run on natural gas – LPG and oil are other alternatives. Gas boilers provide comprehensive, reliable heating and perform well in areas with low water pressure. Another benefit is the wide range of models and sizes to choose from.

Despite conventional boilers being phased out, they will still carry much of the UK’s heating demand for years to come. It’s, therefore, safe to say gas boilers will continue to be sold for the foreseeable future (even if they aren’t fitted in newly built properties). 

How Much Does It Cost To Install A New Boiler In Brighouse?

The cost of installing a new boiler in Brighouse varies depending on the type of boiler and how complicated the installation is. Sometimes it’s necessary to upgrade or re-route pipework. Some property owners also upgrade old radiators to match the efficiency of their new boiler. Additionally, Wi-Fi-enabled smart controls can add £100 – £200 to the cost. 

Recognising that every situation is different, here are the estimated costs of installing a new boiler in your area. 

New boiler costs for homes in Brighouse

1-bedroom home

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£600 – £2,500£1,800 – £3,500£2,650
Combi£600 – £2,500£1,600 – £3,500£2,550
Electric£550 – £2,500£1,450 – £3,500£2,475
System£600 – £2,500£1,800 – £3,400£2,600
Biomass£4,000 –  £8,000£6,000 – £10,000£8,000

2-bedroom home

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£600 – £2,800£2,000 – £4,000£3,000
Combi£600 – £2,500£1,700 – £4,000£2,850
Electric£600 – £2,600£1,600 – £3,900£2,750
System£600 – £3,000£1,800 – £4,000£2,900
Biomass£5,000 –  £10,000£8,000 – £12,000£10,000

3-4 bedroom home

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£1,500 – £3,700£2,700 – £4,900£3,800
Combi (not really suitable unless combined with water storage tank)£1,400 – £3,000£2,600 – £4,500£3,550
Electric£1,400 – £3,300£2,500 – £4,500£3,500
System£1,500 – £3,700£2,600 – £4,700£3,650
Biomass£7,000 –  £14,000£10,000 – £18,000£14,000

5 and more bedrooms 

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£1,600 – £4,500£2,900 – £5,000+£3,950
Combi (not really suitable)£1,500 – £3,500£2,600 – £4,500+£3,550
Electric (not best suited)£1,550 – £3,500£2,500 – £4,500+£3,500
System£1,600 – £4,300£3,000 – £5,000+£4,000
Biomass£8,000 –  £15,000£10,000 –  £20,000+£15,000

New boiler costs for commercial businesses 

Small business

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£600 – £2,700£1,800 –  £4,000£2,900
Combi£600 – £2,000£1,700 – £3,300£2,500
Electric£550 – £1,750£1,600 – £3,200£2,400
System£600 – £2,900£600 – £3,500£2,050
Biomass£5,000 – £10,000 £10,000 – £16,000£13,000

Medium businesses

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£1,400 – £5,000 £3,200 – £7,000 £5,100
Combi (not best suited)£1,200 – £4,000£3,000 – £6,000£4,500
Electric (not best suited)£1,400 – £4,000£3,000 – £6,500£4,750
System£1,300 – £5,000£3,300 – £7,000£5,150
Biomass£6,000 – £12,000 £11,000 – £20,000£15,500

Large businesses

Large businesses, like hotels or manufacturing sites, often need two or more powerful 100+ kW boilers. Installation and configuration of these boilers take considerably longer and are much more expensive than domestic fits. 

Type of boilerCost excluding installationCost with installationAverage cost with installation
Conventional£5,000 – £10,000+£12,500 – £20,000+  Ranges widely
CombiNot suited for large commercial properties. 
ElectricNot suited for large commercial properties. 
System£5,000 – £10,000+£12,500 – £20,000+Varies
Biomass£15,000 -r £30,000+ £20,000 – £40,000+Varies

What Size Boiler Do You Need In Brighouse?

Boiler size is measured in energy output; smaller units provide under 7 kW of output while powerful systems generate 70 kW or more. Sizing your boiler correctly ensures you get the heating you need while not paying for or wasting energy you don’t need. 

The following variables influence a property’s correct boiler size: 

  • Building size and layout
  • Insulation levels
  • Number of rooms
  • Number of radiators
  • Hot water demand and heating needs

While indications are approximate, here are estimated boiler sizes for various-sized premises.

For homes

Bedrooms BathroomsRadiatorsBoiler SizeType of Boiler
111-69 kW – 18 kW (24 kW for combi)Combi, system, conventional, electric
211-1018 kW – 27 kW (30 kW for combi)Combi, conventional, electric, system
3-42-310-1630 kW – 35 kWSystem, conventional, biomass 
5 and more4 or more15 to over 2035 kW – 45 kWSystem, conventional, biomass

For commercial businesses

While commercial heating requirements differ from company to company here is an idea of estimated boiler outputs for various-sized businesses.

SizeHot water pointsRadiatorsBoiler SizeType of Boiler
Small11-912 kW – 24 kW (30 kW for combi)Combi, conventional, electric, system
Medium 3 or more10 – 2535 kW – 55 kWConventional, system, biomass
LargeMultipleOver 2055 kW to over 100 kWConventional, system, biomass

What Are The Best Boiler Brands?

Most industry experts and customers agree that the following brands are among the UK’s best:

  • Worcester Bosch: Worcester Bosch is a name associated with market-leading products and reliable warranties. This 60-year-old UK company has won numerous product awards over the years, including Best Combi Boiler in 2023. Consumers rate the manufacturer 4.6 on Trustpilot.
  • Ideal: Ideal Heating has operated in the UK for over 100 years. With a stellar reputation in the residential and commercial sectors, Ideal is a favourite among many engineers. Customers appreciate the company too, as confirmed by an excellent 4.8 Trustpilot rating.
  • Viessmann: Viessmann is a German company with over 100 years of experience in the business. The brand is known for premium German design, quality, and market-leading innovation. Viessmann has a 4.2 Trustpilot rating.
  • Baxi: Backed by 150 years of experience, this UK company offers a range of energy-efficient and attractive boilers. Baxi has a well-deserved reputation for after-sales service and support. Its Trustpilot rating of 4.6 attests to this.
  • Alpha: Successfully delivering quality and affordability, Alpha is one of the UK’s most popular heating brands. Part of the Italian Immergas group, Alpha has over 50 years of experience in the industry. The manufacturer is headquartered in Kent and boasts an impressive 4.7 on Trustpilot.

When Should You Install A New Boiler?

An annual boiler service and regular maintenance can keep some boilers firing for 20 years. However, after 15 years, many boilers near the end of their useful life. To help you decide if it’s time to replace your old boiler, here are signs to look for:

  • Your current boiler is approaching 15 years and hasn’t been well-maintained.
  • Your heating bills are rising for no apparent reason.
  • Your old boiler is starting to growl, hiss, clunk, whistle, grind, vibrate, or knock. Strange noises signal possible long-term deterioration.
  • Your water or radiators take too long to heat up.
  • Drips and leaks are becoming common.
  • The cost of boiler servicing and boiler repairs is expensive, making it more profitable to invest in a new unit. After 15 years, boiler repair efforts often amount to pouring money into a sinkhole.

Remember, older boilers have much lower energy efficiency ratings than modern A-rated models. Ratings of D, E, F, and G are common among older units. So, replacing an old unit with modern engineering could save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills.

When is the best time of year to install a new boiler? 

Summer is a good time to get your new boiler installed. Boiler engineers are usually less busy in this off-peak period and you may benefit from better pricing deals.

Why Choose Eco Happy?

Besides the promise of a great cost-effective deal, here are five more excellent reasons to choose Eco Happy.

Gas Safe registered engineers

By law, a gas boiler installation can only be done by a Gas Safe registered engineer. In keeping with our commitment to skilled, expert service, all of Eco Happy’s engineers who work on gas boilers are Gas Safe certified. Safety is our top priority and we follow best safe practices at all times.

Fast response times

Eco Happy is committed to answering your queries quickly and accurately. When it comes to installations, our qualified local heating engineers can have your new boiler safely fitted within days of your order.

Professional and reliable

When you work with Eco Happy, you’re dealing with true professionals. We’re your reliable partner in choosing the right boiler for your needs and installing it properly and securely. You are assured of reliable aftercare support too.

Great customer service

At Eco Happy, we pride ourselves on providing a world-class customer experience. Our services and solutions are trusted by industry leaders across the UK. You’ll be delighted by the expert guidance, service, and customer care you receive.

Installation of all boiler types

Eco Happy’s network of heating engineers boasts extensive experience across all boiler types. We are properly qualified to manage your boiler installation in Brighouse – whatever boiler or heating system you opt for.

Get Your Boiler Installation Quote In Brighouse Today

If you’re considering upgrading your Brighouse property with an attractive, affordable new boiler, there’s no time like the present. Get a quote today and start the journey to improved comfort and energy efficiency. 

Fill out the short form to receive a free, no-obligation quote. Let our team show you why Eco Happy is the go-to boiler installation company in Brighouse and beyond.

FAQs

Who can install a boiler in the UK?

Boilers in the UK must be installed by properly qualified heating engineers. Gas boilers can only be installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer or technician.

How long does a boiler installation take?

Depending on the type of boiler and the difficulty of the job, it can take anywhere from six hours to three or four days to install a domestic boiler. Installing large commercial or industrial boilers can take over a month.

What is the best boiler for a poorly insulated property?

If your premise is poorly insulated, it loses a lot of heat through areas like the roof, walls, floors, windows, and doors. A poorly insulated property usually needs a more powerful conventional or system boiler to warm it. Depending on the property size, a boiler of 30 kW – 35 kW or larger may be necessary.

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CastlefordMirfieldWindhill
ClaytonOssettWood End
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DewsburyPontefractYeadon
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James Elston

Boiler Expert


James Elston is the top boiler replacement and heating expert at Eco Happy. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry, focusing on Gas Safe boiler installations and offering home-heating and energy-saving solutions to homeowners across the UK. From sourcing the most energy-efficient combi boiler to providing specialist heating advice, James ensures that Eco Happy maintains the highest standards and best customer service.

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