Boiler faults responsible for dozens of deaths every year

Carbon monoxide leaking from faulty gas appliances such as boilers has been responsible for 50 British deaths in the last year.

On top of this, a further 4,000 people needed hospital treatment because of monoxide inhalation. These figures were released by the Department of Health.

This is a bigger problem with older boilers, especially when they’re not checked for faults often enough.

In fact, 43% of gas consumers admit that they don’t have their central heating boiler, gas cooker or gas fire checked by a registered engineer.

And to make matters worse, one in 10 say they’ve never had they’re boiler checked at all.

Carbon monoxide is almost impossible to detect. With no colour, smell or taste, people aren’t aware of any danger until it’s too late.

Peter Jenkins from Energy UK says that the only way to ensure you and your family are protected, is to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed.

These alarms work in a similar way to fire alarms, and there’s an audible sound if carbon monoxide is present in the air.

You could also replace old installations with a new boiler, which will also be much more energy efficient.

Boilers have a 15+ year life expectancy, so you’ll easily make back the initial investment.

What’s more, you’ll cut down your carbon footprint and reduce your bills. The latest Baxi combi boilers are particularly efficient. Inbuilt technology will automatically change the energy usage depending on the room temperature.

Plus, newer boilers will take up less room in your home. Combi boilers are small and can fit in cupboards, or simply fix onto the kitchen wall. Whereas older boiler designs have storage tanks in the loft or airing cupboard.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new, efficient boiler, fill in our quick form and you’ll receive up to five quotes from vetted companies.


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