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Boiler Plus is government legislation that aims to regulate and improve the way homes use energy by increasing the efficiency of their heating systems. If you’re looking to update your heating system, or simply want to ensure you are receiving the best efficiency possible, we’ll help you understand the steps necessary to comply with the government regulation, as well as answer a number of questions frequently asked on the topic.
There are a number of ways you can comply with the Boiler Plus regulations. We have outlined the absolute requirements below:
All households are subject to the government-led rules set out, meaning that any new boiler installations after April 2018 must comply with the standards. Any boilers already installed in a home will not be subject to the regulations.
In addition, combi boilers, which make up a significant proportion of the market will require one of four additional requirements to be fitted. Your installer will discuss each requirement with you to figure which one will best suit your circumstances. It will mean each installation will include a consultancy aspect needed for each boiler swap. The measures available are:
Any changes made to your heating system should be performed by a certified installer, as they will be able to effectively install, test the equipment and ensure your heating system meets the efficiency requirements set out by the legislation.
As of late 2022, Boiler Plus standards have been introduced in Scotland and Wales with some slight differences to those set in England.
Boiler Plus policy in Wales includes the requirement for the smart thermostat to also feature remote access.
For a complete solution that meets the 4 additional measures of Boiler Plus in Wales, we would recommend pairing an ecoTEC exclusive with a vSMART, sensoHOME, sensoCOMFORT, or VR921 control.
Boiler Plus policy in Scotland meanwhile has been expanded to apply to all gas boiler replacements (so includes system and open vent boilers as well as combi).
Controls requirements remain the same as England.
Using Vaillant controls, you can easily, effortlessly and efficiently meet the requirements for Boiler Plus.
Vaillant offers a range of solutions to meet all requirements:
No you do not need to do anything if you are happy with your current heating system. You will have to comply if you are having a new system installed though.
A control can help you to only use energy when you need it to. You can program your specific timings so that the boiler knows when to work.
Our range of controls are easy and straightforward to use. However if you don’t wish to install a smart control, there are other ways to comply with Boiler Plus.
Load compensation is when the boiler modulates the temperature by using the actual room temperature, ensuring maximum efficiency.
This is similar to load compensation, however the modulation of the boiler is informed by the temperature outside of the property.
This is when flue gases (which are normally released and lost) are captured by a Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery Device and reused to provide heating within the boiler. The ecoTEC exclusive with Green iQ has this built in and is our first product which meets Boiler Plus out of the box.
Whilst some non-Vaillant controls do work with Vaillant products, Vaillant controls have been specifically designed to work with Vaillant boilers. This ensures maximum efficiency and the most intelligent communication between boiler and control.