Savings On Bills And The Environment With HFB

HFB23Boiler replacement and ongoing maintenance are often seen as two areas of expense that you could do without as a householder but with Hassle Free Boilers, replacing your old boiler with a shiny new one and reaping the rewards of first class aftercare is an affordable option for all. There are numerous benefits that can be harnessed when you take on a pay monthly service plan with Hassle Free Boilers, here are just a few reasons why you should do just that…

A more efficient way to heat your home

In today’s society it certainly pays to be as green as you can. Going hassle free with a service plan that including installation, annual servicing and maintenance will ensure a more energy efficient alternative for your home. Hassle Free Boilers provides a wide range of energy efficient models from leading suppliers such as Vaillant Boilers, Worcester Bosch and Ideal.

It is also a legal requirement that boilers manufactured after 2005 are high efficiency condensing models.

Save money on your gas bills

Did you know that your home’s central heating is responsible for 60% of your annual energy bill? Many don’t, and most take the hefty gas bills received from their suppliers as the final word on how much the energy you and your family need should cost. Whilst changing suppliers is an option, replacing your boiler is a great way to harness not just better energy efficiency but cheaper gas bills.

If your boiler hasn’t been replaced for more than a decade, then switching your G-rated model with one of Hassle Free Boilers’ A-rated options could save you up to £570 per year!

Reduce your carbon footprint

In addition to reducing your gas bill to give your family more money to spend on the things they love, by choosing a Hassle Free service plan you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint to help Planet Earth too – like it wasn’t reason enough that you were saving hundreds on your gas bill annually! The new A rated boielrs are super efficient and eco-friendly, so you will be doing your small bit for the global warming effort. Did you know that by switching your boiler you can prevent 1,500kg of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

That is an awfulo lot of greenhouse gas for one household. And, with a remit to help the environment from Eco parent company Ecovision, this upgrading of the old inefficient installed base of boielrs in the U.K is a mainstay of HFB’s eco-strategy for the United Kingdom.

From my point of view this eco standpoint is probablty the most important part of what Hassle Free do. Yes, the savings are outstanding, but the environmental benefits of that new boiler are vital as well.

Discover free installation and a range of extras

With a variety of flexible payment options to suit a wide range of budgets and households, Hassle Free Boilers makes it easy for homes everywhere to guarantee the benefits mentioned above and so much more. By paying monthly with a Hassle Free Boiler you will receive A-rated boiler replacement with all parts and labour included, annual services, call out support 24 hours a day, same day emergency cover, full heating system flush, magnetic filters and a lifetime guarantee.

Your free new boiler installation can take place in as little as 48 hours so you can save money on your gas bills, become more energy efficient and reduce your home’s carbon footprint sooner than you think! Hassle Free Boilers has fitted systems in more than 7,000 homes to date thanks to their local, Gas Safe registered engineers.

No matter if you want a new combi boiler, a system or traditional (heat only) model, hassle Free will be able to deliver exactly what you need from their extensive range.

To get started contact Hassle Free Boilers today for a free, no obligation quote.



Tips To Reduce Home Heating Costs

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The freezing girl about a heater

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the cost of your home heating and energy bill, here’s a few tips:-

New Boiler

Having an new boiler is one of the easiest ways to ensure your energy bill is lower. New boilers, these days, are super efficient and can offer large savings over an older boiler. Indeed I talked about htis in another post which you can find here. Consequently, I won’t go into the fine detail here, suffice to say, check out the other article on the subject.

Maintenance Contract

With the U.K tending to have an older installed base of boilers, it is vital that you have a maintenance agreement in place. This is particularly tso if you have a boiler that is five plus years old. These are mechanical machines and parts wear out and the boiler will break down. It’s a fact of life.

If you have a maintenance agreement in place, you have the peace of mind that, should your boiler pack up on a cold winter’s day, you’ll be quickly back up and running withn heat and hot water. There is an awful lot to be said for having that comfort there. You simply cabnnot rely on your local plumber to get out to you in a timely manner in an emergency. All the main providers of maintenance contracts have emergency cover if you are in complete breakdown.

They also offer annual checks to make sure your boiler is kept in tip top condition. If anyting is starting to wear out, they’ll find it earlier and they will also check your emissions are within guidelines.

These two key points are something you MUST have in place. But, what else, in practical terms can you do?


Having insulation in your home for the winter is something that everyone should have installed. Keeping your home insulated will ensure that heat is not not wasting away from your loft or window and costing you a lot of wasted money each month. You should take the time to think about how well your home is insulated and if not you should think about what you need to do to make it insulated better.

Insulation has the double effect in that it keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are several common types of insulation. You should make sure that you are getting the one that fits your budget the best. There is fiberglass form that is in both bat and blown in forms. There is also cellulose, rigid foam board and spray foam. Reflective insulation is also a great way to form a barrier in your home to keep the heat in the winter and the out in the summer.


When this insulation is installed correctly, it will definitely help kee your home warmer in winter and therefore save on your energy bill. You can have comfort and lower your energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the season. Insulation is going to be measured by R-value. It is the ability to resist heat flow. Higher R-values are going to give out more insulating power. Different R-values are going to be recommended for walls, attics and basements. There is also something different for crawlspaces and this will depend on where you live in the country.

Insulation is going to be better when the air is not moving around or into it. It is important to seal air leaks before installing insulation to ensure that you get the best performance from the insulation.

To have bigger savings each year you want to add insulation in the attic. A good way to see if you need more insulation is to look around your uncovered floor attic and figure out what you need. If your insulation level with or below the attic floor joists, you will need to add more insulation. The best insulation level for most attics is going to be R-38 or about 12-15 inches and this will depend on the insulation type. In the colder climates, using R-49 is going to be most recommended. It is important to use the right type of insulation so that you are protecting your home and keeping it warm throughout the season.

Energy Audit

You should do an energy audit of your home and identify where your heat is leaking out of your home. You should check around the doors, windows and other fireplaces to see if you can feel a draft. You can use caulk, weather stripping, door sweeps, plastic and other appropriate means to close off these leaks. If your house is not sealed right, you will have problems.

Do You need To Heat Every Room?

Do not heat the areas of your home that you do not use regularly like guest rooms and unused bedrooms. You can turn the thermostats in those areas and close doors for a reduction in heating costs.

Turn down the heat and use space heaters to heat the room that you spend the most time in. this is a great way to save on your heating costs. If your space heaters are new and up to code, you should have, no problem using them at all and you will find it much easier to keep your heating bills down.

Control Your Thermostat Or Hive

Do not turn your thermostat above a set temperature that is comfortable in your home. You should keep it a at a steady heat and wear more clothes if you are feeling chilly. You can actually turn the heat down at night when you are sleeping because you will have your bed covers to keep you warm.

Think about a programmable thermostat to raise and lower the temperature at certain times of the day. You can do this when you are not at home and you will not have to worry about having your home heated to heavily when you are not at home.

Other Tips

* If your water heater is in an unheated space you can wrap it in insulation to prevent heating loss. This is something that you can find at almost any type of home improvement store.

* Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. This will save you on your heating bill too.

* In the winter times open up your blinds to let the warm sun shine through. This will help to keep the room on the sunny side or the south side warmer. You can shut them again when the sun goes down to keep the chilly breeze out too.

The Right Boiler For Your Home

combi-conventional-boilerWhen it comes to heating your home and providing that steady flow of hot water that a family needs, particularly in the winter months, there are certain choices that you’ll need to make.

Foremost among these are what type of boiler should you install and secondly what brand. The range on offer is wide and varied.

The first thing to say though, is why should you consider looking at installing a new boiler. The answer to this is really quite simple and is something we should address right up front. The fact is that boiler technology has come a long way in the last 10 years or so. New modern gas boilers are now super efficient. Not only do they burn less fuel, so your energy bills are cut (by as much as 45%), they are also environmentally friendly. New boilers, these days, cut carbon emmissions to the bare minimum.

So, there is a vested interest for everyone to ensure they have a new, eco-friendly and modern boiler installed for their domestic heating needs. Not only does it save YOU money, it also helps the environment.

So, the options?

Combi Boiler

A combi, or combination boiler does exactly what it says. It combines the provision of both hot water and heating to your home…instantly. The beauty of the combi boiler is hot water on demand. It doesn’t require a tank to heat up. These are the most popular installed boiler in the U.K with consumer sites like “Which” , “uSwitch” and “Love Money” all championing the money saving features of a combi boiler.

They tend to be relatively small and sleek by design which offer space saving benefits to you as the consumer. They are quick, easy and relatively cheap to install providing yet more benefots for you as the “end user”.

And, because they tale the water straught from the mains, pressure tends to be maintained even at times of heavy use. You do need to do your jhomework though if you have a heavy usage household, you may need to install a more powerful boiler to maintain pressure and hot water at all times. Your installation expert can advise on the size you need. Combi boilers do come in a range of power settings, generally up to 38kw.

Conventional Boiler

These are for hot water only and generally work on a tank storage system that is fed either from the mains or the cold water tank. generally used in homes that have electric power for their heating, they tend to be more bulky and of course, you need the tank system as well.

Tanks and feeder systems tend to be tucked away in the loft and the amount of hot water is limited by tank capacity. If you have a large tank, you have a big capacity for hot water, but the tank will take time to heat if you start from  cold.

Households that employ conventional boilers can have immersion heaters installed as well for situations where either a boost to the hot water supply is needed or a quicker heating of water is required. It;s like having a back up, but it does make the overall system more complex. This, naturaly means, there are more points where a failure can occur. Although, having said that, modern technology is good and these water heating systems are more robust than in the past.

System Boilers

System boilers are very similar to conventional boilers in that they heat the hot water in the same way (using the tank supply system). However, like a combi they also supply the home’s central heating with hot water as well.

Doesn’t that make them a combi then?

Well, in a way, but the main difference is that they come pre-built and so installation is very simple and there is much less fuss. They can also have the added immersion heater included in the system to offer that “failsafe”. They also have built in pumps so that delivery of hot water is quick and efficient and system boilers are good for large homes with high demand for hot water.

The downside with system boilers is they can be a little more expensive to run, so if you do have one installed, you need to understand how to set your controls for maximum efficiency.


There are three major brands serving the U.K market.

  • Vaillant
  • Worcester Bosch
  • Ideal

To be honest, they are much of a muchness today. They are all extremely advanced technologically and they are all eco-friendly cutting yhour gas bills bty up to 45% versus an older boiler. Again, the copmparison websites are very good for deciding which particular brand or model will suit you best.

All boast a full range of combi, conventional and system boilers from 15kw (serving a small one / two bedroom flat) up to 38kw which would power a large family home.

Make sure you do your research to find which boiler and heating system would suit your home the best.

I hope you have found this introduction article useful – this video on the efficient use of your home heating system should be helpful as well.




Common Boiler Problems and What You Can Do About Them

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BoilersQuick Overview:

  1. My boiler doesn’t seem to be heating my home efficiently. What gives?
  2. My boiler is embarrassingly loud
  3. Should I replace my boiler with something more modern and efficient?
  4. Is it better to repair or replace my boiler system?


When your boiler system starts acting up, it’s oftentimes due to being neglected. Early warning signs may have been dismissed or forgotten about due to ‘more important’ matters in our lives, but is your boiler threatening to kick the bucket? Watch for these four warning signs and learn what you can do about them.

  1. My boiler doesn’t seem to be doing a good job heating my home. What gives?

Your boiler system may not have enough water in the reservoir. You can fix this tiny problem by adding some water to the reservoir. If this doesn’t seem to help, it may mean that your pump isn’t working properly, or your supply valve may be turned off.

  1. My boiler is embarrassingly loud

Usually this problem only occurs if you have a steam powered boiler. The resulting noise becomes apparent when the boiler is overfilled causing a “water hammer” like effect. When the steam makes contact with the water, the result sounds as if someone is beating on the pipes with a hammer.

If you own a hot water boiler, the actual issue may be a poorly functioning pump, or even broken pump coupler.

  1. Should I replace my boiler with something more modern and efficient?

Homeowner’s are frequently encouraged to purchase the latest technology, especially when it comes to boiler heating systems. Surprisingly, though, boilers are typically energy efficient and are capable of heating the objects around them, rather than just the air. However, the energy or ability to keep the building warm is completely dependent on how old the boiler system is.

Boilers that were manufactured in the 1950’s till the 1970’s are moderately efficient, while boilers produced during the 80’s or even late 2000’s are typically the most energy efficient. It comes down to choice really, do you feel like your current boiler heating system is sufficiently heating your home?

  1. Is it better to repair or replace my boiler system?

Again, this comes down to choice. Here at API Boiler and Gas, we frequently replace the old boilers with new boilers, but we’re often able to find a way to reuse the current system as much as possible. If your boiler heating system is best-boilerswracking up quite the debt, maybe it’s time to invest in a new system all together.

When, taken care of, your boiler and heating system will provide warmth and comfort during the coldest days. However, careful and well planned maintenance programs are essential to ensuring your heating system will function properly, even in emergencies.

When it comes time to evaluate your choices, consider dropping us a line!