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New Boiler installation – what is the future of heating our homes?

When considering your new boiler installation, you may be feeling confused by the recent conversations in the press regarding future plans for heating our homes in a bid to lower our carbon emissions. Here we discuss what you need to know.

What’s happening?

It has been well published by the media of late, that the government is making plans to phase out natural gas and oil boilers in place of more carbon neutral heating systems.

The government has not yet confirmed the final details of the plans and no definite legislation has been produced. However, they are proposing that by 2025, new build homes will be required to be heated only by renewable heating sources. This meaning they cannot be heated using natural gas or oil boilers. Next will be the phase out of new installations of gas boilers by the mid-2030s.

Contrary to confusion from the media, gas and oil boilers will not be banned from 2025, so you will not need to replace your boiler any sooner than is necessary. It does however mean that from the mid-2030s you wouldn’t be able to get a traditional gas or oil boiler installed when yours breaks. Systems such as heat pumps or hydrogen ready boilers will likely replace gas and oil boilers in the future.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps can be more suitable for new builds due to the higher levels of insulation they require to work effectively. This can be easier to implement when the building is constructed. It is the reason why the ban on traditional boilers is being focused for the time being on new builds. Alterations on the insulation of older properties, however, can be a lot trickier, thus heat pumps may not be suitable for many homes.

Hydrogen ready boilers

Many new boilers, including all of Worcester Bosch’s range, are now able to run on a mix of hydrogen and natural gas . These being 20% hydrogen ready.

Replacing natural gas boilers with hydrogen is a way of reducing the carbon emissions as the only by-product of burning hydrogen gas is water.

From 2025, hydrogen-ready boilers will be more prevalent but the widespread use of 100% hydrogen boilers is likely to be in the 2030s.

 

While we still wait to see what the future will hold for our heating systems and embrace these necessary changes to help our planet, it is important to feel assured that when the changes do come, you will not be left out in the cold.

To discuss your homes heating system or a new boiler installation do get in touch with us here at FixLink. We look forward to hearing from you.