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Boiler Fuel - Gas vs Oil vs LPG | Boiler Experts in South Wales

Boilers – Gas vs Oil vs LPG

Boilers – Gas vs Oil vs LPG

Boilers Services at Eric Collier and Son

At Eric Collier and Son Ltd, we are specialists in gas, oil and LPG boilers. Whether you need an installation, service or repair for your gas, oil or LPG appliance, Eric Collier and Son can provide a dedicated expert to help. Our service footprint covers Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and the rest of South Wales. Contact us today on 0845 2000100 for advice or a free quote.

Choosing a Boiler Fuel

Gas boilers are the most commonly used fuel source in the UK. However, nearly 3.6m households all around the UK have no relation with gas lines. This means they need to find off-grid alternatives to natural gas. More often than not, oil boilers are installed where there is no access to gas. Oil is not an environmentally friendly fuel source which is probably causing the increase in LPG being used as an alternative to gas instead. LPG use is still fairly low in comparison to gas and oil but we predict there will be continued growth in households making the switch to decrease their carbon footprint.

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Natural gas is the most widely used gas in the UK and it is also the cheapest available. Gas is a fossil fuel which means it was formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. Burning it contributes to global warming, however, it is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels. The CO2 emissions are half that of oil and a third of those produced by coal.

There are a number of gas suppliers which keeps prices competitive. The equipment used with gas, such as hobs and boilers are typically cheaper than similar equipment for other fuel types. Gas is also easy to control – you can turn it on and off, and it delivers heat quickly when required.

Being on the gas grid means that you do not need storage space in your home to keep the fuel. You will have a constant supply to your home via the lines so there is no fear of running out. The efficiency of your gas boiler will depend on the efficiency rating of the product you choose, for example, an A-rated product will be more energy efficient than a G rated boiler. There are other factors as well which affect energy efficiency. For optimal efficiency, we recommend replacing your gas boiler every 12 years or so. Not only do they get less efficient with age, but new technology is constantly being established which allows modern boilers to be more energy efficient than those in the past. If your current boiler is a pre-2002 model the chances are that it is a non-condensing model, which are up to 80% efficient, with new condensing models reaching into the 90s%. After a period of time, there will also start to be a lack of available spare parts for repairs.

Oil Boilers

Oil fueled boilers are the most common type of boiler for homes which do not have access to the natural gas supply lines. They are very efficient so return on your money is quite satisfactory. Some modern boilers can save as much as 90% energy. Additionally, when you go for replacement of your old boiler for some other new efficient model, the process is very hassle-free. However, they have a high carbon footprint and you have to store the oil in a tank on your property. Gas boilers are a little cheaper to run than oil boilers, however, oil is the cheapest form of fuel for your boiler if you are off the grid.

Unlike mains fuel – gas and electric – oil is delivered in bulk. It is your responsibility to monitor your usage and ensure you place an order for delivery before your supply runs out. This means it is less convenient than gas or electric and requires more thought for budgeting. Some modern boilers have a feature which automatically notifies the supplier when the oil supply gets low. This may be worth looking out for when purchasing a new oil boiler. The price of oil is known to fluctuate because it is affected by high-demand, weather conditions and political instability.

Oil is a fossil fuel which produces carbon monoxide when it is burnt. This makes it made for the environment. If the oil tank is stored outside, there is a risk that it could spill and this damages the environment and could be detrimental to your health. It will be your responsibility to get any spills cleared up.

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LPG Boilers

LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. If you have ever been camping and used a portable gas stove, this is what you will have used. LPG can be supplied on a much larger scale as an off-grid alternative to natural gas. LPG boilers have the lowest carbon emissions, emitting around 20 per cent less CO2 per KWH than oil. An A-rated LPG boiler is cheaper to buy than oil boilers and is highly efficient. Switching from an oil to LPG boiler is easier than you think and in just a few steps you could be enjoying the benefits of mains gas. Many gas central heating boilers are available in versions that burn LPG as well as gas fires and cookers. Like the oil boilers, with LPG boilers the tank also needs storage space and to be supplied by road. However, it is safer than keeping large amounts of oil on your property. Next time you need your oil boiler replacing, consider if an LPG boiler may be suitable for you.

Eric Collier and Son’s Service

At Eric Collier and Son, we are experts in Gas, Oil, and LPG fuel. We can install, service and repair appliances with these fuel sources. Our gas boiler service is very popular as the majority of houses in South Wales have access to the gas lines. From emergency boiler breakdowns to the installation of your new eco-friendly boiler, whether it’s for your home or business, Eric Collier & Son can help. With over 4 decades of experience behind us and a business ethos where service and workmanship come first, your boiler is in safe hands when you call us. Contact us on 0845 2000100 today.

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