What is a high efficiency boiler ? Pros cons

Choosing the right heating method and the equipment that goes with it is very important. On the one hand, because heating is the main item of household expenditure for housing. On the other hand, because a good heating system greatly influences the comfort of a home. And finally, because heating your home has environmental repercussions that must be considered today. The high energy performance boiler is one of the economical and responsible solutions to turn to to be sure of making the right choice in terms of heating.

What is a high energy performance boiler?

A boiler is said to have high energy performance when this heating system promotes the reduction of fuel consumption and therefore of energy expenditure. It meets the requirements of the “high energy performance (HPE)” label, which defines the standards to be achieved in terms of energy consumption for heating. Boilers are thus classified according to their “seasonal energy efficiency”, called the ETAS, which is calculated according to the ratio between the energy supplied over the year and the quantity of fuel consumed. The ETAS of a high energy performance boiler is thus equal to or greater than 90%.

Note that a new, even more efficient label has recently emerged. This is the “Very high energy performance (THPE)” awarded to boilers whose ETAS is equal to or greater than 91%.

Advantages and disadvantages of an HPE boiler

A boiler with high energy performance is a source of savings

Because of its performance due to a high-quality, high-tech heating production system, a high-energy-performance boiler makes it possible to better control its energy consumption and above all to reduce it. Heating bills can thus be drastically reduced, which is not negligible when you know that this type of expenditure represents the first item in a household’s housing budget.

A boiler with high energy performance is ecological

Thanks to its great technicality, a boiler with high energy performance has the advantage of producing much less greenhouse gas than a conventional boiler because it requires less fuel to be able to operate. This heating system therefore responds perfectly to the ecological priorities at work and better respects the environment.

A high energy performance boiler is eligible for financial aid

In the context of the fight against global warming and the protection of the environment, the installation of a boiler with high energy performance entitles you to financial aid put in place by the public authorities. For example, a natural gas boiler with very high energy performance makes it possible to benefit from a conversion bonus, intended to encourage individuals to change boilers for one that is more respectful of the environment, but also which improves their purchasing power. This conversion bonus includes different types of financial aid: an amount of between 600 and 1,200 euros is granted to households according to their income within the framework of the Energy Savings Certificates (CEE) system, a reduction of 30 % to 50% of the cost, excluding taxes, of the equipment installed, as well as a 30% energy transition tax credit (CITE).

A boiler with high energy performance requires good insulation

A boiler with high energy performance is effective only if the house where it is installed has good insulation which prevents heat loss and therefore the waste of energy.

A boiler with high energy performance has a high cost

Given its advantages in terms of the environment and the savings it allows to make, a boiler with high energy performance logically has a higher cost than a conventional boiler. However, this cost should be carefully analyzed according to the energy savings generated over the long term, especially since the public authorities have set up purchasing assistance schemes to enable the greatest number of acquire this type of boiler with significant advantages.

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