Should you consider climate change when buying a new gas boiler?

The planet Earth has witnessed climate change and variations in weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years.

Scientists suggest climate change, whether reflected in average weather conditions, or the periods between extreme weather events, is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions.

Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, which is commonly referred to as global warming.

If you are just now considering the purchase of a new gas boiler, plate tectonics are probably a distant consideration.

However, if you are keen to do your bit for the planet by reducing your energy consumption and your household's Co2 emissions, then it is worth taking a moment to consider what gas boiler ratings tell us.

The SEDBUK boiler ratings may suggest that an 'A' Rating is as good as it gets. In fact, even a modern 'A' rated condensing boiler means you lose significant amounts of heat via the flue outlet, which means you are not quite as green as you could be and are paying for gas that you do not actually use.

You may have noticed excessive pluming, that looks like steam, even after a house installs a new boiler. The pluming is a sure sign of wasted energy.

The application of a technology known as Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery enables you to achieve boiler efficiency very close to 100%. GasSaver is the invention of English company Zenex Technologies and is a PFGHR Device recommemded by the Energy Saving Trust.

When you attach GasSaver to a condensing gas boiler, it draws heat from the flue gases, that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere, and uses it to pre-heat the water going into the boiler, which results in improved boiler efficiency, greener performance, less energy consumption, reduced Co2 emissions, and lower fuel bills.

If you are considering a new gas boiler purchase, are concerned about climate change, or have your personal carbon targets, weigh up whether a PFGHRD is a sensible option for you.