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53.13%

EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler

We scored this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler at 53.13% on our internal benchmarking system. To determine a score, we take into consideration a number of different factors including the boiler's energy efficiency, installed price, likely running costs, and the length of the manufacturer's warranty.

We estimate that, on a standard, non-complicated installation, the supply and fitting charge for this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler will be around £2,500.

For advice on whether this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler is suitable for your home or to receive a free quotation on theEHC EHC Astro 14.4kW, please call 01604 343053 to speak to one of our team. Alternatively, click here to email us or enter your postcode into the quotation box on this page.


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EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler frequently asked questions

What kind of boiler is the EHC Astro 14.4kW - standard, combi or system?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW is an option you may wish to consider if you’re looking for a combi boiler for your house or flat.

Combination or combi boilers are highly efficient and save a lot of space in your home. Combi boilers heat water directly from the mains when you turn on a tap and, as a result, you don’t need a hot water storage cylinder or a cold water tank in the roof space.

These boilers are, therefore, suitable for smaller homes and especially those without a loft. They are also cost-effective as the water is heated instantly and distributed on demand rather than being stored. Combi boilers are the most popular type of boilers in the UK and replacing an older boiler with a new combi boiler will reduce your electric bills significantly.

However, there are downsides to this type of boiler. If you take a shower while someone else is using a tap, less water will reach each point of usage at lower rates of pressure and temperatures as combi boilers can only heat a certain volume of water at any given time.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler a suitable choice for my property?

To determine that, we need to consider the size of the boiler. Size doesn't mean how big it is - it means how big its "output" is.

Boiler output is measured in kilowatts and tells you how much power a boiler can use to heat the water your taps, showers and radiators need. The higher the output, the more power it has.

When choosing a boiler, you should choose one that can cope with the peak demand for hot water in your home and not just your typical usage.

If its output is too low, sometimes your hot water will not be hot enough, but if your boiler's output is too high for your needs, your electric bills will go up and not down.

The output of the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi is 14.4 kW, so which types of property would this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler be an appropriate choice for?

A heating engineer would recommend that the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler would be a suitable installation option for smaller homes and apartments with up to 10 radiators and one bathroom.

You need to consider the flow rate as well as the output rate when choosing a combi boiler.

Flow rates, measured in litres per minute, indicate how much water your boiler can heat and distribute around your home at any given time. If your family regularly use hot water around the house at the same time and you have a lot of radiators, you should choose a boiler with a high flow rate. This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler's flow rate is 6 L/m.

However, you also need to consider the flow rate of your local mains water supply. Combis can only draw water from the mains as fast as the pipes can deliver it. If you choose a boiler with a 14l/m flow rate and the mains pipes into your home have a flow rate of 12l/m, your boiler won't be able to operate at full capacity. In other words, try to make sure the local water pressure and your boiler flow rates are as close as possible.

When our engineer comes out to quote you, they may recommend that you choose a heat only boiler or system boiler instead if your family's demand for hot water is higher than normal.


What dimensions does a EHC Astro 14.4kW have?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW measures 740 mm in height by 435 mm in width by 320 mm in depth.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW a condensing or non-condensing boiler?

Previously, gas and oil boilers were pretty inefficient and, in 2005, a law was passed requiring that all new gas and oil boilers must be "condensing". Condensing boilers contain a secondary heat exchanger that uses the exhaust gases created by burning gas and oil to, for example, reheat water coming back from the radiators. As electric boilers like the EHC Astro 14.4kW do not burn fuel in the home, they do not need this modification.

How energy efficient is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi?

With growing concern among the public about accelerating climate change, how we heat our homes and the impact this has on the environment has become a major topic of concern for many homeowners.

The heating of our homes accounts for 14% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Especially in the big cities, gas boilers are responsible for dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Would installing a EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler in your home help combat climate change? What do the figures suggest?

All boilers manufactured in the UK or supplied to UK domestic properties must achieve a legal minimum energy efficiency rating of 92% (equivalent to a good "A" grade using the SEDBUK scale). Prior to 2018, the minimum was 88% (88% and 89% are a "B" SEDBUK grade and anything 90% or above is an "A" grade).

The energy efficiency rating of a boiler refers to the amount of energy it uses to perform its everyday functions as well as the amount of energy it wastes.

The EHC Astro 14.4kW has been awarded 100% for its energy efficiency, equivalent to a SEDBUK "D" rating.

ERP assessors are however not keen that the boiler is powered by electricity.

The Energy Related Products Directive (ERP) was introduced in 2015 and applies to all products that consume energy throughout their lifetime, including during the manufacturing process and at the point of final disposal.

The purpose of the ERP is to ensure that companies create products that are kinder to the environment by reducing both the energy they use and the harmful emissions they produce.

An ERP rating of "TBC" has been awarded to the EHC Astro 14.4kW.

This is very low, but why? In reality, nearly every electric boiler on the market has an actual energy efficiency in operation of near 100%. However, some electric boilers have low ERP scores because the electricity generation process currently involves burning fossil fuels, which is considered carbon-intensive, and this is factored into the score - unfairly, in our opinion.

How long am I covered by the warranty for if the EHC Astro 14.4kW breaks down?

A parts and labour warranty of 2 years is included when you purchase the EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler through PlumbProud.


EHC Astro 14.4kW Electric Combi boiler specifications

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LocationExternal
Efficiency rating100%
Band ratingD
LPG Compatible?No
P/L Warranty2 Years
Output in kW14.4 kW
Height740 mm
Width435 mm
Depth320 mm
MountingWall
Flow rate6 L/m

The top 10 rated Electric Combi boilers

Using the Plumbproud scoring system, the current 10 ten Electric Combi boilers assessed using a number of important variables are as follows:

1Electric Heating Company Astro 12kW53.30%
2Electric Heating Company Astro 14.4kW53.13%
3Heatrae Sadia Electromax 9kW50.30%
4Heatrae Sadia Electromax 6kW50.14%

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EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler

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Plumbproud rating for this boiler
53.13%

We have determined a rating of 53.13% for this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler on the PlumbProud quality scoring system. The rating is determined using a variety of important factors including price installed, manufacturer guarantees, energy efficiency and the likely cost of running.

You should budget around £2,500 for the supply and installation of this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler by PlumbProud.

If you would like to get in touch with us for a free quote and professional guidance and advice on whether the EHC Astro 14.4kW is the right choice for your home, you can do so by entering your postcode in the quote boxes on this page, calling us on 01604 343053 or you can click here to email us.


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EHC Astro 14.4kW Electric Combi boiler specifications

Powered by GasElectric
LocationExternal
Efficiency rating100%
Band ratingD
LPG Compatible?No
P/L Warranty2 Years
Output in kW14.4 kW
Height740 mm
Width435 mm
Depth320 mm
MountingWall
Flow rate6 L/m

EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi Electric boiler frequently asked questions

Which category of boiler does the EHC Astro 14.4kW fit into?

The EHC Astro 14.4kW may be worth considering if you are looking for a combi boiler for your house or flat.

Traditionally, most boilers required you to find space in your property for one or more large storage tanks. These tanks would either keep water warm or hold it in reserve for later heating. Manufacturers originally introduced combi boilers to offer homeowners the same level of warmth and hot water without taking up as much space – remember that the UK has some of the smallest homes in the Western world.

With a combi boiler, the hot water needed for your radiators and taps is provided on demand. Water from the mains passes through your combi boiler and the technology within it instantly heats the cold water. It then distributes that hot water around your home.

The biggest drawback for combi boilers is that they have a maximum capacity in volume for heating water. This means that if someone wants to use the shower while another person wants to use a hot water tap, the amount of water reaching each point falls, resulting in a drop in water pressure.

Should I install a EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler in my house or apartment?

To determine that, we need to consider the size of the boiler. However, size doesn't refer to how big a boiler is - it means the size of its "output".

Your boiler’s output is a measurement of the power it has available to heat the volume of water required for your taps and radiators. The higher the output rate, the more water it can heat.

You need to be careful to select a boiler with the optimal level of output for your property though. That's because, if your boiler output is too low, your water and radiators will often not be as hot as you want them to be. If the output is too high, you’ll be paying more for electric than you need to.

The output of the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi is 14.4 kW, so which types of property would this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler be appropriate for?

A PlumbProud Gas Safe boiler installer would recommend that this EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler be installed in smaller homes and apartments with one bathroom and up to 10 radiators.

If you are considering installing a combi boiler in your home, you need to consider the flow rate as well as the output rate.

The flow rate is the volume of water (measured in litres per minute) that your boiler can instantly heat up and send around the home. The more demand in your home for water at the same time (for example, two people taking showers in different bathrooms), the higher the flow rate you'll need.

However, the actual flow rate your boiler can deliver is also determined by your mains water pressure. If you choose a boiler with a flow rate of 16l/m but the mains water pressure is 12l/m, your boiler will only perform to 12l/m. This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler's flow rate is 6 L/m.

When our engineer comes out to quote you, they may recommend that you choose a heat only boiler or system boiler instead if your family's demand for hot water is higher than normal.


Dimensions of the EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler

The size of the EHC Astro 14.4kW boiler is 740 mm tall, 435 mm wide, and 320 mm deep.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW non-condensing or condensing?

In order to protect the environment, the government required all new boilers in the UK to be "condensing" from 2005, although this law does not apply to electric boilers. This is because, unlike gas and oil boilers, electric boilers like the EHC Astro 14.4kW do not produce hot exhaust gases that condensing boilers then recycle to reheat water coming back from the radiators in a home.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi considered environmentally friendly?

How we heat our homes has become a major issue for many people worried about climate change and environmental issues in general.

Around 14% of the greenhouse gases produced in the UK is a result of our central heating systems. Gas boilers are responsible for dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in some of our largest cities.

Is the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi an environmentally friendly choice for your home? Let’s have a look at the figures.

All boilers manufactured in the UK or supplied to UK domestic properties must achieve a legal minimum energy efficiency rating of 92% (equivalent to a good "A" grade using the SEDBUK scale). Prior to 2018, the minimum was 88% (88% and 89% are a "B" SEDBUK grade and anything 90% or above is an "A" grade).

The energy efficiency rating of a boiler refers to the amount of energy it uses to perform its everyday functions as well as the amount of energy it wastes.

The EHC Astro 14.4kW has been awarded 100% for its energy efficiency, equivalent to a SEDBUK "D" rating.

The boiler is however penalised in its ERP ratings for using electricity for power.

In 2015, new legislation was introduced by the EU to encourage manufacturers to develop more energy-efficient products that emit fewer harmful gases throughout their lifetime.

The Energy Related Products Directive (ERP) applies to all products that consume energy, including during the manufacturing process, at the point of final disposal, and all points in between.

This EHC Astro 14.4kW Combi boiler has been awarded an ERP rating of "TBC".

Given that, operationally, the energy efficiency of electric boilers is nearly always 98% or 99%, why the low score? It's because the electricity used to power the boiler is generated through the burning of fossil fuels and this is considered carbon-intensive. As a result, some boiler ERP scores are (in our opinion) unfairly marked down.

How long is the warranty period on the EHC Astro 14.4kW combi boiler?

EHC’s Astro 14.4kW boiler includes a parts and labour warranty of 2 years.


The top 10 rated Electric Combi boilers

Using the Plumbproud scoring system, the current 10 ten Electric Combi boilers assessed using a number of important variables are as follows:

1Electric Heating Company Astro 12kW53.30%
2Electric Heating Company Astro 14.4kW53.13%
3Heatrae Sadia Electromax 9kW50.30%
4Heatrae Sadia Electromax 6kW50.14%
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