Swapping to a new method of heating can be a fantastic way to maximise the safety of your property. What makes electric boilers safer than gas ones?

There are loads of amazing reasons to swap to electric boilers, but one that often goes neglected is just how much safer they are compared to older combustion systems.

An electric boiler doesn’t run on gas or any other source of fuel on site, instead it runs entirely on mains electricity. This leads to three crucial safety improvements.

No Carbon Monoxide Risk

The crucial safety feature is that electric boilers don’t produce any toxic gases. Oil and gas boilers can produce carbon monoxide gas, especially as they get older and more worn out.

Carbon monoxide is colourless and odourless so the only well to tell it’s in your home is with a carbon monoxide alarm, which needs to be tested regularly and maintained to ensure safety. Being exposed to it can result in all kinds of problems, including confusion, shortness of breath and nausea. In the long term, this can result in death.

These kinds of leaks are rare, but they’re an extra thing you need to consider all the time if you have a combustion-based boiler. If you want a stress-free heating experience, electric boilers are the way forward.

Since they don’t produce any harmful waste products, you don’t need to stress about installing a flue or other method of expelling any waste from your living space. This saves you loads of space, making electric boilers incredibly compact. This makes them a particularly good choice for smaller homes, where space is at a premium.

It also makes installing an electric boiler far cheaper!

No Combustion

An electric boiler doesn’t burn fuel in your home, instead drawing all its power from your mains electricity supply. This means no combustion occurs on your property, it all happens at a power plant.  That’s why no waste products get generated.

Combustion boilers burn fuel, which can lead to numerous safety concerns. High pressure steam and explosion risks are risks associated with this method of heating.

With oil boilers, you also need a way to safely store oil on site, usually via a large, cumbersome oil tank. This is yet another safety concern- oil tanks need to be kept well away from combustibles, and stored in a way that minimises the risk of spills.

This also means that if your home isn’t connected to gas mains (as is the case for 3.5 million homes in the UK) you won’t have to invest in gas pipes, another stress point that can lead to safety issues.

As an added bonus, since they don’t burn fuel electric boilers can also boast a near 100% efficiency rate. It’s harder for a gas or oil heater to maintain a constant temperature, so even more modern systems can see dips in efficiency. This also means your electric boiler is compatible with renewable energy sources!

Low Maintenance

An electric boiler produces heat in a much more direct way, and needs very few moving parts to do so. This means that, as a unit, it is under far less strain than other boilers. That means they have fewer parts that can break!

Most safety issues from combustion boilers come from a lack of maintenance, or from sudden breakages. This is why they require annual servicing, and why they’re quite notorious for suddenly failing when you need them most.

An electric heater will help you save money on maintenance without compromising on the safety of your home, as they are durable and reliable bits of equipment!

Ready to get started? Take a look at the Mirrorstone 12kW Electric Combi Boiler For Domestic Heating & Hot Water for a fantastic standard model that can easily replace just about any gas boiler. You can also give our team a call today on 0116 321 4124 or send us an email at sales@suryaheating.co.uk.

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