Wakefield - Your Area

If you are a Wakefield resident and would like to know more about energy saving schemes in the area please contact Wakefield Council on 01924 305887 or energyteam@wakefield.gov.uk.

Below is more information about the types of work available in Wakefield.

  • A rated-high efficiency boilers
  • Air source heat pumps

What is a High Efficiency A-rated Condensing Gas Boiler?

Installation of a High Efficiency Gas Boiler is an effective method of making your home warmer and more comfortable. How will I know if my home requires a new boiler? If your boiler is more than 10 years old it's likely to be G-rated meaning it could be inefficient and expensive to run. Replacing your old system could make your home warmer and save you money on energy bills.

What are the benefits of a new boiler?

By replacing an old G-rated boiler with a new high efficiency condensing boiler and improving your heating controls, you could cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions – saving as much as £300 a year*. You will have instant hot water. Your home should be warmer and more comfortable.

How does it work?

Gas boilers can be used for heating your home and providing hot water. They do this by heating up water that circulates around the pipework connecting to your radiators. Many homes still have old G-rated boiler systems that can be very inefficient because they lose a lot of heat through the flue: these are known as non-condensing boilers. High efficiency condensing boilers re-use heat that would normally be lost into the atmosphere from the flue, keeping your home warmer and more energy efficient.

What should I expect from the work?

It should take around two days to complete the installation and will be done by one of our Gas Safe Registered engineers. Replacing your heating system means we’ll usually fit a new gas boiler, and may also put in new radiators as well. Sometimes, we’ll need to remove the main fire in your living room, and if necessary you may need a new electric fire.

Before we arrive please put away any fragile or valuable items and remove things from the wall to save them getting knocked. Boiler replacements can be quite noisy and dirty so we’ll always use dust sheets to protect floor coverings and furniture that has not been removed.

During the work our Liaison Officer will be your main point of contact. They’re there to let you know exactly what’s going on at every stage and to give you all the help, support and information you need.

*These are estimated figures provided by the Energy Saving Trust based on insulating a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms. Actual savings may vary depending upon your individual circumstances.

Why choose us?

•             Get up to a five-year manufacturer’s warranty on our market-leading boilers.

•             Finance options are available from £39.50 a month* from our installer Scarbrook to help spread the cost.

•             No deposit necessary, don’t pay a penny until you are 100% satisfied.

•             You may qualify for funding to help pay for the boiler

*Source: www.OFTEC.org

What is an air source heat pump?

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) provide heating and hot water and are a carbon efficient alternative to gas boilers. They use the same type of technology that keeps your fridge cold. They draw natural warmth from the outside air, which is heated by the sun, and used to heat the home. The system works all year round, even when it is cold outside. Air source heat pumps are powered by electricity.

In the UK, an electricity supply has become a much more environmentally sustainable option to gas.

The air source heat pump unit will be installed on a wall outside your home.

What will the work involve?

A new domestic hot water cylinder will be installed. The hot water cylinder and external unit need to be as close to each other as possible (no more than 10 metres) so that the pipes running between them are kept short.  This ensures the system runs at it’s optimum efficiency.

If you have an existing cylinder this will be removed as it won’t be compatible with the ASHP.

Your old storage heaters will be decommissioned and removed.

New radiators will be fitted in existing locations where possible. However, we will aim to site them where they will be most effective and efficient at heating your home.

The work will be done as quickly as possible, so your heating system is off for as little time as possible. This usually takes two days from start to finish but could take longer depending on the size of property.

After the work is completed

Once everything is connected, we will carry out a safety check on the new installation and show you how to use it. Please note that the new radiators may be larger than your existing ones because they take longer to heat up your room, but they are more efficient, especially when combined with a well-insulated house, and the heat is retained for longer.

Maintenance requirements for air source heat pumps are low and will likely consist of an annual check and a service every few years. You must, however, ensure the outdoor unit is clear from all obstructions including leaves and snow build up in bad weather.

To find out if you are eligible to have an air source heat pump installed at your home click here.

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