During the hot summer months installing a boiler is the last thing on your mind. It makes sense because you don’t need the heat when it’s already hot. Waiting until the winter is a bad idea, though.
We recommend opting for a boiler installation in the summer. By doing so, you can save money, ensure you go with the right provider, and avoid taking unnecessary risks.
Research and Savings
Most people who get a new boiler installed do so because they need heat. They won’t spend weeks researching the best providers. They need heat right now. It usually means they don’t get the best deal available to them.
By starting your search in the summer, you have the time to make a more informed decision.
In some cases, you may even be lucky enough to find a special summer discount. Some installers lower their prices during their summer simply because there’s a lack of demand.
Whenever a contractor visits your home to install your boiler, they have to turn the heating off. In the middle of winter this is highly inconvenient. It can mean hours of freezing in the cold.
Do it in the summer and there’s no rush. You don’t have to call out an emergency contractor. You don’t have to worry about the climate. It can be done at your convenience and your pace.
Locking in the Rates
If you don’t have a boiler now, get one in the summer. You’ll have the option to lock in fuel costs for the next year or two.
The ‘locking in’ process works like this:
- You ask for your rates to be fixed at current prices.
- You get the current price, no matter if it decreases or increases later on.
- The rate fix tends to last for a year or more.
Fuel costs are always lower in the summer. This applies to both natural gas and oil. It happens because global demand accelerates in the winter, which drives the price up.
By installing your boiler now you get these lower rates. In the long-term, you will save yourself a lot of money.
Even the best contractors make mistakes. New boilers must be put through a series of testing. You may decide to leave them on for a few hours to see if they work. If you discover any problems, you’ll need to call them back.
Calling them back in the summer isn’t a problem. You don’t need the heat. It’s a minor annoyance, but it won’t mean your entire family has to sit on the sofa shivering.
In the winter, on the other hand, it does pose a problem. You’ll nearly always be forced to pay for an emergency repairperson, which costs more if your provider doesn’t do the work for free.
You also have to consider any delays on behalf of the installer. If they forget a part or a tool, it could push your installation back another day. In the winter, this is unacceptable.
Your Choice of Boiler
Choosing a boiler isn’t an easy task. There are so many different systems on offer. You have to try to come up with the best option for you. It requires time and effort. It’s not just the provider. You have to choose the right system, as well.
Overall, picking your new boiler should be done at a time of calm. Give yourself as much time as possible and you’ll get the best prices. You’ll also protect yourself against unexpected delays and disasters.
Take the smart option, think about your choice of boiler when you don’t need it!