- The Benefits of Upgrading Your Heating Controls
- How can I improve my home heating efficiency?
- Gas Boiler Replacement
- Can you get a grant for a new boiler in Ireland?
- What grants are available for home improvements in Ireland?
- How to apply for the SEAI Heating controls upgrade grant
- NRM – SEAI Contractors
The heating controls upgrade grant offered by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) is widely available but you may not be aware of the benefits of it. You’ll be able to upgrade the heating controls in your home, but at face value, it isn’t necessarily clear how that can help with the cost of heating your home.
The Benefits of Upgrading Your Heating Controls
Many homes will have heating controls that are several years old, and they are often simple in operation. There is usually a thermostat to set the overall temperature and an on/off option, with more advanced heating controls offering a timer that allows you to choose what time during the day the heating will be on.
Modern heating control upgrades offer many more options. The timer does not only reflect a single day with the pattern repeating, instead it allows every day of the week to be programmed independently. If you’re out during the day Monday to Friday, and you are in all day at the weekend, you can tailor the heating system to match your requirements.
Similarly, the heating controls upgrade grant will allow you to install heating controls that work in different “zones”. These zones are areas of your home that can be heated separately. Perhaps you want it to be warm upstairs but cooler downstairs – with zoned heating controls, it is simple to achieve.
Older heating controls would sometimes take an all-or-nothing approach, so if you wanted hot water you would need to turn the heating on too. Newer systems allow home heating and water heating to be used independently, making the experience more comfortable and more convenient.
How can I improve my home heating efficiency?
There are several ways in which to improve your home heating efficiency. Upgrading your heating system with new heating controls is just one option – replacing your gas boiler, improving the insulation in your home, installing new windows (especially double-glazed windows), and other upgrades can make a significant difference.
New insulation can save 15% on energy bills while installing new heating controls can reduce energy usage by 20%.
Gas Boiler Replacement
An NRM Gas boiler replacement is a great option for improving the energy efficiency of your home. As gas boilers age, they become more inefficient as time goes on, resulting in higher energy usage to maintain the same temperature within your home.
A new gas boiler, along with upgraded heating controls, will provide the maximum benefit for any home.
Can you get a grant for a new boiler in Ireland?
Until early 2018, homeowners were able to make an SEAI boiler grant application to have their old boiler replaced with a new energy-efficient combi boiler. This grant is no longer available but has been replaced by other options including the SEAI heating controls upgrade grant.
What grants are available for home improvements in Ireland?
There are several SEAI grants available for home improvements in Ireland, including heating grants for pensioners. Upgrading heating system components is simple when you choose SEAI contractors and apply for the appropriate grant.
The grants available include:
- SEAI Heating Controls Upgrade Grant – for installing new heating controls that allow fine control over your boiler, potentially reducing energy usage by up to 20%
- SEAI Heat Pump Grant – the SEAI heat pump grant helps with the installation of a heating system that does not rely on fossil fuels
- Insulation Grant – for the installation or upgrade of cavity, attic, and other forms of insulation
- Solar Water Heating Grant – grants to aid with installation of solar thermal systems that can heat around 50% of the water you use each year
- Solar Electricity Grant – a grant to facilitate the installation of solar panels
- Heating Grants for Pensioners – grants are available for pensioners if they receive the Fuel Allowance welfare payment as part of the National Fuel Scheme
How to apply for the SEAI Heating controls upgrade grant
If you are interested in applying for the SEAI heating controls upgrade grant, you must first confirm that you are eligible. The grant is available to all homeowners – including landlords – with homes that were built from 2006 onwards. Construction must comply with the 2003 Building Regulations.
Once eligibility is confirmed, you will need SEAI contractors to complete the work. NRM is an SEAI contractor and will allow you to take full advantage of the heating controls upgrade grant.
The grant can then be applied for online or by post, with online applications being processed more quickly than those made by post. Once a grant offer has been received, you have 30 days to accept the offer.
The work must be completed by your registered SEAI contractor within 8 months of the date of the grant offer. A registered BER (Building Energy Rating) assessor can then complete an assessment of the work done and publish a certificate reflecting this.
NRM – SEAI Contractors
Obtaining the SEAI heating controls upgrade grant can make a significant difference in your home, but many people choose not to apply for the grant for a variety of reasons. Completing the application doesn’t have to be difficult as the team at NRM will apply for the grant on your behalf, taking the stress and workload out of the application process. You could receive the heating controls upgrade grant quickly and easily, greatly reducing the heating controls upgrade cost Ireland has to pay.
We can help to confirm your eligibility for SEAI grants and help you at every step of the process, advising on the most appropriate choices for upgrading your heating system. Please keep in mind that only registered SEAI contractors can complete the work required to maintain your eligibility for the heating controls upgrade grant. A contract will be put in place before the grant application as per the requirements of the SEAI – if you have any queries about the process, please ask.
Contact us today to find out more about applying for the SEAI heating controls upgrade grant and saving money on your energy bills.
Need another extra bit of financial help to buy that New Boiler for your home – Check out NRM’s Gas Boiler Replacement Monthly Payments – Can I Finance A New Boiler? article & Gas Boiler Finance information