With many people struggling with energy bills this winter regardless of the energy cap put in place by the government, it’s important to look at ways of saving money on your energy bill. One way you can do this is by lowering the flow temperature of your combi boiler.
However, you might be unfamiliar with this process and how it works. So, with that in mind, here’s a guide to help you lower the flow temperature of your combi boiler and save money this winter.
What is the Flow Temperature of Your Combi Boiler?
Firstly, it’s essential to understand what the flow temperature of your combi boiler is.
The flow temperature refers to the temperature at which your boiler heats your water before sending it to your radiators. Generally, this is set to around 70°C, with most boilers having a range between 50-80°C.
Why High Boiler Flow Temperatures Are Problematic
The problem is that 70-80°C is far too high of a temperature for modern combi boilers to run at their maximum efficiency. In order to run in “condensing mode” as much as possible (where the boiler is running most efficiently), it’s best to reduce the flow temperature.
Generally speaking, only when the flow temperature is 60°C or below will the boiler run in its most efficient mode, meaning you save more money on heating your home.
How Much Money Can I Save by Lowering My Flow Temperature?
How much money you can save will depend on many factors, such as your boiler’s efficiency rating, the size of your home, and how much you currently use your heating.
According to a recent study, you can save as much as 12% off your annual gas bill by reducing your flow temperature. You can expect to save:
- Up to 9% by lowering the temperature from 80°C to 60°C
- Up to 12% by lowering the temperature from 80°C to 55°C
For context, a 9% reduction would typically represent an annual saving of £112. Not bad, considering you won’t even have to touch thermostat settings.
How to Lower the Flow Temperature of Your Combi Boiler
To lower the temperature of your combi boiler, you’ll need to access the controls on the front of your combi boiler. Some use dials, whereas others come with a digital display and buttons that push the temperature up or down.
As different boiler brands have different settings, it’s best to consult your manual for specific instructions on how to lower the temperature of your boiler.
What Else Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bill?
Of course, lowering the flow temperature on your boiler is just one of several measures you can take to reduce your energy bills this winter. Other things you can do include upgrading to a smart thermostat, investing in a new, more energy-efficient boiler, and upgrading your home’s insulation.
Another recommendation is to have your boiler regularly serviced to ensure it’s running at its peak efficiency. By investing in regular maintenance, you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your boiler and not unnecessarily wasting money on energy bills.
By following these tips and lowering your combi boiler’s flow temperature, you can save a substantial amount of money on your energy bills this winter.
Speak to a Gas Safe Engineer Today to Save Money this Winter
If you’re still unsure about lowering your boiler’s flow temperature or want to make sure your boiler is running as efficiently as possible, you should speak to a qualified Gas Safe engineer. Doing so will give you peace of mind that your boiler is running in the most efficient way, saving you money in the long run.
Give us a call on 0758 0395 493 today to discuss your energy-saving option or arrange an appointment.