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Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service

Regularly servicing your boiler is not only more environmentally friendly but a lot safer for you and your household. A gas boiler service ensures everything is ticking over correctly and working to maximum efficiency, thus, saving money in the long run and avoiding break downs.

 

Winter, in particular, is the time when you need your gas boiler the most. After the summer months, your boiler is switched on following a long period of inactivity. If your gas boiler is not serviced on a regular basis this could be a struggle.

 

A Gas Boiler Service Is Safer

The ultimate concern of a gas boiler service is ensuring safety for you and your family. The experts will be able to determine if there are any gas leaks or presence of carbon monoxide, the silent and odourless killer.

When your gas boiler is serviced there are a number of thorough tests carried out by a registered gas installer. You can find out about what exactly a gas boiler service entails here.

 

A Gas Boiler Service Helps With Saving Money

A part of the service is checking whether or not your boiler is burning gas efficiently. A boiler going through more gas than it’s supposed to be is going to cost more money.

With the service, your boiler will be adjusted if this scenario is the case. By having a gas boiler service once a year you could save up to €150 off your annual heating bill.

 

A Boiler That’s Serviced Lasts Longer

The standard gas boiler in Dublin can start from anywhere at €1500 to over €2000 to replace. Then you have to consider installation costs on top of that.

Regularly servicing your boiler makes it last longer. It is advised to get your boiler checked on an annual basis to reduce wear and tear over time and keep it in good working condition.

 

Lessens The Risk Of Break Downs

A gas boiler service cannot prevent a breakdown, what it can do, however, is spot the signs early on for any malfunction. Don’t leave it too late for a breakdown to happen. Save money in the long run, a lot of hassle and make your home safer by getting a registered gas installer to look into it.

 

Gas Boiler Service Dublin

When you need a gas boiler service in Dublin our team of fully qualified and registered gas installers are always at hand to provide you with the most thorough of services. Ensure your gas boiler is working to maximum efficiency to prevent breakdowns.

Call us today on 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie today.

Things To Consider Before A Gas Boiler Replacement

There will come a time when you need a gas boiler replacement. Perhaps for this very reason you are here today reading our blog post. A boiler replacement is not cheap so it’s important to make an informed decision before you invest in one.

The standard boiler lasts for 10-15 years. Anything longer than this amount of time and you run the risk of causing problems for yourself in the long run. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) after 15 years gas boilers efficiency can drop to 60%.

In terms of your peace of mind, a gas boiler replacement is also safer and vastly more reliable than older gas boilers. They are such a crucial part of your central heating system that you want to make the right decisions which will effect the next decade and more of your home life.

Without further ado, here are a few things to consider before a gas boiler replacement.

Boiler Assessment Before Replacement

It is always advisable to get your boiler checked by a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) first and foremost before investing in a replacement. Leave it to the professionals to determine if you really do require a new boiler or if you need a few moving parts upgraded instead.

A Registered Gas Installer will assess the overall efficiency of your boiler at present and make an educated decision, while taking into account your home heating requirements. You should ask them upon their visit the size and type of boiler they recommend for your house to weigh up all options.

Our gas boiler service analyses your boilers flue condition, working pressure and any spillages. Put simply, one of our engineers at Gas Safe will ensure everything is in working order.

Understand The Type Of Boiler You Need

While a Registered Gas Installer can explain what type and size of boiler you need for a gas boiler replacement there is no harm in doing your research. We are going to break it down for you right now as we find the average joe does not understand the ins and outs of boiler replacements. There are three main types of gas boilers in Ireland. These are combi boilers, heat-only boilers and system boilers.

  • A combi boiler, also known as a combination boiler, is a popular choice for gas condensing boilers on the market. Conventional boilers heat separate tanks for your hot water and radiators. With a combi boiler both heat and hot water are provided on demand from the same unit.
  • A heat-only boiler, also known as a conventional boiler, uses a storage system to conserve hot water for later use. They are more suitable to larger houses or if you live with two or more people.
  • A system boiler is similar to a heat-only boiler where it focuses primarily on heat that works alongside your central heating system. A system boiler has more components and is most suitable for a family home where a lot of hot water is in demand. A separate hot water tank exists which takes some time to heat up in contrast with a combi boiler.

Gas Boiler Replacement Grant Scheme

The SEAI have a grant scheme in place for homeowners wishing to upgrade to a high efficiency condensing boiler. Under the Better Energy Homes Scheme, those who wish to improve their energy efficiency at home, such as purchasing a new oil or gas boiler can receive up to €700 towards the cost.

All homeowners with a home built before 2006 may apply for a gas boiler replacement grant in Ireland. It should be noted that work must commence after grant approval. Further information on the list of criteria for the Better Energy Homes Scheme can be found here.

Gas Boiler Replacement Advice

For gas boiler replacement advice Gas Safe are your one-stop-shop. Always remember, your gas boiler should be installed by a qualified and experienced boiler installer. Under law only Registered Gas Installers may carry out any domestic gas installation work.

Call us today on 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie for all your heating and plumbing requirements throughout Ireland.

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service

All heating appliances require regular maintenance and servicing to ensure everything is working smoothly but above all else, ensuring everything is safe. Safety must be the priority.

Always use registered engineers to provide your oil boiler service. They are the only one’s who are qualified under law in checking your oil boiler is installed correctly.

Service Your Oil Boiler Once A Year, Says Experts

According to experts, including the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), ideally you should be investing in an oil boiler service annually.

For a boiler to last the standard amount of time (15 years) or longer, an annual service is vital. This could prevent the need for costly repair works along the way which your wallet won’t thank you for. Small issues can become larger and cost you more money if gone unnoticed and unchecked.

An older boiler is more susceptible to producing carbon monoxide if not serviced regularly. Known as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide is ouderless and invisible so you won’t realise anything is out of the ordinary. It’s also highly poisonous, making it highly dangerous. High levels of carbon monoxide exposure can lead to loss of consciousness, coma and death.

What’s Included In Oil Boiler Service

Some of the works carried out with an oil boiler service include:

  • Checks for water leaks in and around your oil boiler
  • Ensuring there are no oil leaks
  • Checking for appropriately positioned carbon monoxide alarms
  • Full flue gas analysis
  • Cleaning of fan assembly/burner assembly/heat exchanger
  • Overall inspection of oil boiler key components

Signs You Need An Oil Boiler Service

Ok, so we have covered advice from the experts and what’s involved but how do you know you may need an oil boiler service? If your oil boiler is making strange noises then signs point to you need an oil boiler service.

Often due to wear and tear, an oil boiler will make loud noises that are uncommon with a standard working boiler. If this is the case then it is advisable to get an oil boiler service quickly.

Smell something off? A strange odour emitting from your oil boiler can mean an oil leak. If left unchecked carbon monoxide poisoning could occur.

A warning sign you need an oil boiler service is your home stays cold even with the heating on and your radiators are in working order.

Don’t leave it too late though for the signs to show, keep on top of things by having a regular oil boiler service to prevent the worst from happening.

Choosing The Right Oil Boiler Service Provider

One of Ireland’s leading oil boiler service providers, Gas Safe is dedicated to making your homes safer and put your mind at ease.

We are proud members of the Gas Safety Supervisory Body of Ireland (Register of Gas Installers of Ireland). Our fully qualified engineers are at hand so call us today and ensure a safer and happier home for all!

Three Tips For Staying Gas Safe At Christmas

Ah, it’s that time of year again, the holiday season where we get together with our families and exchange presents under a nicely decorated tree. It’s Christmas!

Christmas is for sure a time of relaxation and unwinding after a long hard year of working but be wary, you still have to ensure your safety. People can get so caught up in the celebrations they forget to take simple steps to stay safe.

Don’t forget to look after your gas appliances and be mindful of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, the silent but deadly killer. Minimise the risk of fire and check your appliances are in working order.

We want you to have a very merry Christmas but we also want you to be safe. Put your mind at ease by following these three safety tips.

1 . Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness

Perhaps one of the most dangerous factors associated with gas appliances to be aware of is Carbon Monoxide (CO). If left unchecked, old and faulty gas appliances and boilers can produce a silent, odourless and tasteless gas called Carbon Monoxide.

If there isn’t enough ventilation you can be susceptible to CO poisoning too. As you breath in the poisonous gas it replaces the oxygen in your blood stream. Symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, headaches, loss of breath, collapsing and loss of consciousness.

CO poisoning can lead to death and long-term health problems so in terms of safety it’s better to get a Registered Gas Installer to check everything is working in order before you start enjoying the holiday season.

If you suspect C0 poisoning turn off all gas appliances, open doors and windows and leave the house immediately. For safety concerns you can call 1850 20 50 50, Gas Networks Ireland’s 24-hour emergency service.

2 . Minimising The Risk Of Fire

Operating gas appliances like cookers and stoves for your Christmas dinners is necessary but can also be dangerous if you’re not fully focused. The problem is with Christmas celebrations, alcohol added into the mix and children running around it’s easy to get distracted.

Some tips to minimise the risk of fire are as follows:

  • Install a smoke detector near your kitchen to detect smoke.
  • For stoves and cookers, light the burner with caution if it is operated by gas. Make sure they are clean and unclogged of food and grease before use.
  • Stay in the kitchen at all times when cooking to keep an eye on things.
  • Never block an air ventilator. They exist to ensure a safe supply of oxygen enters a room.

3 . Check Gas Appliances Do Not Have These Signs

The following signs from Bord Gais Energy may mean your gas appliances are unsafe and they need maintenance. If you suspect your appliances are unsafe call for help.

  • Stains, soot or discolouring around a gas fire or at the top of a gas water heater could mean that the flue or chimney is blocked
  • Appliances that burn slowly, badly (floppy flames), or go out
  • Condensation or dampness on surfaces in the room once the appliance is lit
  • A strange smell when the appliance is on
Bleeding Radiators Isn’t Complicated, We Are Here To Help

Everything might be ok with your home heating system now but don’t let it get to the point when something goes wrong, keep on top of things by regularly maintaining and bleeding radiators in your home.

Ease your mind by getting the know-how on how bleeding radiators can increase your home heating efficiency, cut back on bills and keep everything running smoothly.

The Warning Signs

There are some signs to forewarn you when bleeding radiators should be on the cards. First, when a problem arises and you notice your central heating system is not heating your home efficiently then the need for bleeding radiators must be considered.

What happens is tiny little air bubbles can become trapped in your radiators. This affects the circulation of hot water within them and in turn makes a radiator take longer to heat up and not work at maximum potential. You then end up having your central heating system switched on for longer and this all adds up to costs on your bill.

How To Bleed A Radiator

There are several steps to bleeding radiators which we’ve outlined below in simple bullet points so that you can do it yourself.

  1. The first step is checking whether or not your radiators need to bled while the central heating system is warmed up. Start by checking the radiators in your house for cold spots. If the radiator is warm in parts but cold in others then your radiator needs to be bled.
  2. Do not attempt the process of bleeding radiators when the central heating system is switched on. Our second step is to switch your central heating system off and let the radiators cool down before you do anything. This is to prevent boiling water from leaking out while bleeding radiators.
  3. Gather some towels, maybe even a basin and a radiator key together.
  4. Place the towels underneath your radiator to soak up spills.
  5. Locate the square bleed screw at the top corner of your radiator and do this with a towel or cloth along with. Open it with the radiator key by turning the key anti clockwise.
  6. As you do this you will hear a hissing noise. This is the trapped air being released. Once water spills from the square bleed valve this is the sign all air has been released.
  7. Clean up all the spills and retighten the square bleed valve. Turn back on the central heating system and wait for the radiators to reheat.
  8. Repeat Step 1 to check all is well. You may need to bleed a radiator twice but if the problem persists then you can contact us for assistance.

And there you have it. You are now equipped with the knowledge of the signs bleeding radiators in your home may be necessary and how to do this by yourself.

Gas Safe is located at 12A Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Nutgrove Way, Rathfarnham in Dublin 14. To contact us with any heating and plumbing concerns you may have we’re only a phone call or an email away. Simply call us on  (01) 5367634 or drop us a line at info@gassafe.ie and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

Winter is coming and it’s time to check up on your boiler. As it gets colder outside there’s a greater need for warmth inside and it’s definitely crispy out there. In the depths of Winter the last thing you want is for your boiler to give up. Prepare now and save the chance of a disaster occurring. It might just be time to get a boiler replacement.

How Long Does A Boiler Generally Last For?

Before considering to get a boiler replacement you should be aware of how long a boiler lasts for.

The traditional boilers life span is 10 to 15 years. Over time a boilers efficiency lowers so if you have a boiler for this length of time then it may be wise to consider a boiler replacement.

With this in mind, you’ll need a boiler assessment. Gas Safe can help you there. Our trained and expert engineers will assess if you need a boiler replacement or if you need boiler parts upgraded.

The Need for Annual Servicing

If you want your boiler to last for the standard amount of time or longer an annual service is something to keep in mind to ensure everything is working correctly. This could prevent the need for a boiler replacement before the standard time.

Small issues can become larger and cost you more money if gone unnoticed and unchecked. An older boiler is more susceptible to producing carbon monoxide if not serviced regularly. As carbon monoxide is ouderless and invisible you won’t realise anything is out of the ordinary. It’s also highly poisonous making it highly dangerous. There’s a reason why carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer”.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

It’s time for a boiler replacement when you’re experiencing the following signs:

  • Your boiler is over 10 years old
  • You have no hot water or heating
  • Your boiler keeps breaking down or shutting off
  • Your boiler is leaking
  • Your radiators aren’t heating up
  • You have are hearing gurgling or banging noises coming from your boiler

Regular Boiler Servicing

At Gas Safe we offer regular boiler servicing to our customers.

We are equipped to handle almost all boiler related work so don’t be shy. Drop us an email via info@gassafe.ie or call us on 01 969 5219.

All our engineers are fully qualified and meet RGI standards.

Investing in a Boiler Replacement Can Save You Money In The Long Run

Did you know that getting a boiler replacement will save you money in the long run? Instead of upgrading and replacing spare parts which is going to add up, buying a new boiler is more cost efficient.

A replacement boiler also saves money on home heating costs. Gas Safe recommend the Viessmann boiler and EnviroFoam Stainless cylinder installed in a 4 pipe system. The 4 pipe SEAI Grant Pack can save you up to €342 a year.

Improve Energy Efficiency With A Boiler Replacement

Older boilers energy efficiency levels operate 30% to 40% lower than new boilers.

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a boiler replacement can reduce your energy usage by up to 20%.

How Long Does It Take For A Boiler To Be Replaced?

On average, it takes two days for the process of a boiler replacement. It takes one day to fit in a new boiler and remove the old one and it can take another day to ensure your home heating system is working as it should after the installation.

After receiving a quote an engineer will inform you of how long it will take to fit a boiler replacement.

Use our contact form today and a member of our team will be in touch.

Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service?

All businesses in Ireland have a legal responsibility to ensure the premises are safe for their employees, their customers, and any other visitors. Complying with health and safety laws is an important part of being a business owner, and that includes ensuring all gas appliances are safe. Any that are not could produce carbon monoxide, which is potentially lethal to anyone that breathes it in.

Health and safety in the workplace, or in any area the public have access to, is a matter that needs to be taken very seriously. Ignoring your gas boiler or central heating maintenance can lead to hefty fines, as well as putting peoples lives at risk.

Reduce Your Risk Of A Breakdown With A Gas Service

The risk of a boiler breaking down is significantly reduced if it has been regularly serviced and maintained. It will also ensure it’s working to its optimum efficiency, making it cheaper to run. Servicing your boiler annually means any repairs will be spotted before they cause too much damage. All in all, a gas service of your boiler and heating system could save you significant amounts of money.

There is also your productivity to consider. During winter months there are minimum temperatures you have to make sure your premises are above or your workers have the right to refuse to work until something is done about it. The acceptable temperatures for indoor workers are between 16 and 75 degrees celsius, although there are some that start at a higher level. Offices for instance, where people do not move away from their desks all day, should reach at least 17.5 degrees celsius within one hour of employees starting work.

This is all part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) 2007, which deal with workplace temperatures, and there are severe sanctions if you breach these rules at your business.

Can Anyone Carry Out A Gas Service?

A gas boiler service, regardless of whether the boiler is located in commercial premises or in the home, can only be carried out by a Registered Gas Installer, and it is illegal for anyone else to carry out the work.

This has been the case since 2006 when the Commission for Energy Regulation worked with the gas industry to put safety regulations in place. Prior to this registration was voluntary. This increased the risk of someone who was not qualified carrying out work they may not have been qualified to perform.

Each individual is registered in his or her own right, and they all have a Registered Gas Installer ID. Gas companies can also register to obtain their own ID.

A Registered Gas Installer (RGI) is fully trained and insured and will be able to give you a conformance certificate once the work has been completed. This will give you peace of mind knowing you gas boiler is safe, and you will have it to show the Health and Safety Authority should they decide to call.

Genuine Parts and Makers Recommendations

An RGI will use genuine replacement parts in most cases. Of course, there will always be the odd screw or gasket that is universal when they are carrying out a gas service, but generally they will follow the maker’s recommendations.

The manufacturers will also state how often the boiler will need a service. This is usually annually, but the makers might recommend that it is done more often, This is more likely to be the case with a commercial boiler than a domestic one, as they get more use and are under more pressure.

Replacing Your Boiler

There comes a point where no matter how often your boiler is serviced or how many new parts it has, a replacement would be a better option. New equipment is more efficient than older boilers. This applies to many gas and electric appliances. For example, a dishwasher that is more than 4 years old will use about 10 gallons of water for each wash cycle. A new model will only use 7 gallons and will consume less electricity. It might not sound like a big difference, but if that dishwasher is used just once a day, that is a saving of 21 gallon’s a week or 1092 gallons a year.

The same principle applies to your gas boiler, although they do tend to stay efficient for around 10 years rather than 4. Newer models are more environmentally friendly and will reduce your heating bills.

Call Gas Safe Engineering Ltd For Your Gas Service

We have been servicing gas and oil boilers since 2006. We also offer a range of other services, including gas safety checks, leak detection, pump replacement, plumbing maintenance, heating installation, bathroom refurbishments, cooker and gas fire installation, and most other things you can think of relating to gas and plumbing work. In fact, if it’s not shown on the list you should contact us anyway as there’s still a good chance we will be able to help.

We have a reputation for high quality workmanship and excellent customer service, which is why estate agents, housing associations, nursing homes, public houses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, factories, offices and hotels are among the large variety of businesses we have worked with. We also offer all our services in the domestic market, and will gladly do a gas service in your home.

If you want a gas service, a quote for a regular maintenance contract, some plumbing work, a new heating system installed, or anything else you think we might be able to help you with, call us today on 01 969 5219. We are a friendly bunch who will be glad to answer any questions you have.

If you prefer to contact us by e-mail, the address is info@gassafe.ie, or you can complete our contact form for us to get in touch with you.

However you decide to get in touch, you will not regret speaking with the experts at Gas Safe Engineering Ltd.

The importance of a gas boiler service

Having an annual gas boiler service is more important than most people realise. As well as the many benefits of a regular boiler maintenance schedule, you’ll also avoid some potentially catastrophic risks. Below we’ll share all the main advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of when considering having work done on your boiler.

According to the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors Ireland (APHCI), up to 100,000 illegal gas boilers have been installed in the last decade. The gas industry is seeking stricter regulations and proactive change to help overcome this potentially lethal situation.

 

Gas boiler service benefits

Avoid living in an igloo

The colder months of the year are the toughest on your boiler. You’ll use your heating more often and at higher temperatures. This is the most inconvenient time for your boiler to break down and need a repair. This makes the period just before the real cold weather sets in the perfect time to book your gas boiler service with experienced professionals.

You’ll enter the winter months with the peace of mind that everything is in good working order and ready to keep you and your family nice and snug.

 

Save money on repairs

Taking the time to book a gas boiler service now can save you money in the long run. Not only does it mean any potential problems are spotted early, before they escalate and become bigger and more expensive problems, but it will improve the efficiency and reliability of your system.

If your boiler is fairly new, it may still be under warranty. Failing to have a gas boiler service at the recommended intervals could invalidate your warranty and leave you with a nasty repair bill. If your heating system fails and causes damage to other parts of your home or business and you haven’t had a regular gas boiler service, some insurance companies might argue the fact you failed to properly maintain your boiler as a reason not to pay out.

 

Save money and the planet

An efficient boiler is less likely to waste fuel, ensuring you get value for your money on your heating bills. A gas boiler service will ensure your boiler is running at its optimal efficiency, costing you less, and reducing your carbon footprint. Your bank manager and Mother Nature will both thank you.

 

Keep your loved ones safe

Having a professional perform a gas boiler service at regular intervals greatly reduces the chances of a gas leak, carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, or fires happening due to a badly maintained boiler. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. The lethal gas has no noticeable smell and acts quickly. If you want to take extra precautions, you can have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted to warn you of a potential leak.

While all of us like to save a few euros wherever we can, the consequences of not getting a gas boiler service are far too great to ignore. You can’t put a price on peace of mind when it comes to the wellbeing of your own family.

 

Commercial boilers

Whether you own an office block or rent our private property, it’s critical you stay compliant with all legal requirements. If you don’t have a gas safety certificate issued every twelve months you’re breaking the law. You’re required by law to keep a maintenance record of all gas appliances (including your boiler), flues, and pipework for the last two years.

 

Gas boiler replacement

Even the best maintained systems will eventually reach a point where a gas boiler service simply isn’t sufficient to ensure the continued efficient and safe running of your heating system. The Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) provides comprehensive recommendations to help guide your decisions. They suggest you replace or upgrade your gas boiler if it’s more than fifteen years old.

After fifteen years most boilers will be so inefficient it becomes cost effective to have a new one installed. As well as being more reliable and safer, the newer technology in a modern boiler can save you up to 25% on your heating bills.

 

Guidelines to keep you and your family safe

The above benefits and potential risks clearly show what a smart choice having a regular service is. Below are a few quick guidelines to help you make the best choice when having your boiler serviced.

 

Keep an eye on the date

Whether you mark it on your calendar or set a reminder in your phone, make sure you know the date you’re boiler is next due a service. It can be a good idea to arrange the service after eleven months, so if it’s a busy time of year you can still ensure you have the service before twelve months has passed.

 

Only use accredited professionals

To ensure the person servicing your boiler has the required competency and experience you should always choose a professional company. It is illegal for anyone who isn’t a Registered Gas Installer to service or repair your boiler.

 

What should you expect from a service?

When you book a service with Gas Safe Engineering Ltd, there is a long and comprehensive list of items we check. All the work is carried out by RGII Approved Gas Installers in compliance with all Irish standards and Health & Safety Regulations. You can get more insight into what to expect on the Gas Boiler Service page on our website.

 

Use a company that puts your safety first

At Gas Safe Engineering, our primary concern is your safety. All our engineers are fully qualified and experienced. The customer support team in our office is friendly and helpful, and will efficiently deal with any query you might have. When you use us for any heating or plumbing work, you can rest assured you’re receiving the best possible service and quality of work from competent professionals.

For added peace of mind, we are also members of several trade organisations in Ireland, including the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland. Call us today on 01 969 5219, or email info@gassafe.ie for more information.

Replacement Boiler Grants: The Better Energy Homes Scheme

Replacing your gas boiler, whether its oil or gas, can be expensive. However, your boiler is over 15 years old, it may be running at as low as 65% efficiency. Therefore, investing in a new energy efficient boiler can greatly reduce the cost of heating your house and save you money in the long-run. In fact, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), by upgrading your home you could cut your heating bill by up to 50%.

Aside from reducing your heating bills, there are other ways to help reduce the burden of replacing your old boiler with a new one. For example, grants under the Better Energy Homes scheme (funded by the Irish government and available from the SEAI) can greatly reduce the costs involved with getting a boiler replacement.

What Grants Can I Avail Of?

The Better Energy Homes scheme provides grants to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements, such as the installation of a high efficiency (greater than 90%) gas or oil boiler and heating control upgrades.

Under the Better Energy Homes scheme, homes built before 2006 are eligible to receive grants from the Government for heating system upgrades. These grants aim to help make your home more comfortable and cheaper to run, as well as more environmentally friendly.

What Are the Benefits?

Replacing your old boiler could save you up to 30% in operational efficiency. Combine this with zoned controls and your savings can increase to over 35%. What this means, is that you can reduce your fuel bills by a third by simply replacing your old boiler with a high efficiency boiler with zoned controls.

Who’s Eligible for the Better Energy Homes Scheme?

Grants available from the SEAI’s Better Energy Homes Scheme, are not means tested. Therefore, your income will not be taken into consideration when assessing your eligibility for the scheme. All homeowners, with homes built before 2006 may apply for a boiler replacement grant in Ireland.

In addition to the above, the following criteria must be met in order to comply with the Better Energy Homes scheme:

  • Applicants must use a contractor on the SEAI Registered Contractors list
  • Grant applicants must also apply for a grant to cover the Building Energy Rating (BER). This must be carried out before work is undertaken.
  • The grant must be used within 6 months of the application being accepted.
  • The grant must be in place before any work can begin.

How Do I Apply?

The boiler grant is easy to apply for, but grant approval must be received before works commence. For your application, you will need certain pieces of information including:

  • Meter Point of Reference Number (MPRN), which you will find on your electricity bill
  • Bank details
  • E-mail address
  • Chosen registered contractor from the SEAI Registered Contractor List

For a speedy application and immediate decision, apply online at www.seai.ie/betterenergyhomes. Or if you wish to apply by post, you can call 1850 927 000. You will know within 20 working days whether or not you will receive a boiler grant.

What Else Do I Need to know?

You should keep all invoices and receipts associated with your boiler grant. The SEAI may occasionally request to see these as evidence of the grant’s correct use. So, make sure you keep a record of all expenditure associated with your boiler replacement.

So, if your gas or oil boiler is in need of a replacement, contact us today. Our team of skilled and experienced technicians have the required expertise to ensure your boiler replacement is as seamless as possible.  

Facts about Carbon Monoxide

You can quickly establish the levels of Carbon Monoxide in your home with an easy-to-use domestic kit supplied by Gas Safe. Please contact us if you would like to purchase this carbon monoxide detector.

Domestic carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented by early detection with the use of household carbon monoxide detectors.

The Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs after the inhalation of carbon monoxide gas
  • Symptoms of mild poisoning include headaches, vertigo and flu-like effects.
  • It is a significantly toxic gas and can be fatal at high doses
  • Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless, making it almost impossible for people to detect it without a detector.
  • Carbon monoxide can also have severe effects on the fetus of a pregnant woman.

It’s simple to detect Carbon Monoxide in your home, simply contact us today to buy an easy-to-use kit.

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