In typical UK homes more than 50% of the fuel bill goes on heating and water. With energy bills climbing all the time staying warm and comfortable does not come cheap. Therefore a cost-effective heating system is a must-have to keep the costs down. An efficient heating system keeps your home toasty warm and it does so without you having to dig deep into your pockets. An old central heating system that doesn’t work efficiently just swallows money.
Gas central heating is the most common form of household heating in the UK. It is known as a wet system which means that a gas-fired boiler heats up water to provide heating via radiators and hot water taps. Central heating can also run on coal, wood, oil and LPG (bottled gas), but mains gas is the cheapest. Electric central heating works in the same way but with an electric boiler.
If you already have mains gas then a gas boiler is probably going to be the best option as this is the cheapest form of central heating. If you don’t have a gas supply to your home contact your local supplier. You may even be entitled to help with the connectivity costs.
Conventional boilers, also known as regular boilers have a separate cylinder to store the hot water which can take up a lot of space. These types of boilers are better suited to bigger houses and large families that use a lot of hot water. Alternatively, you can buy a combination (combi) boiler which doesn’t need a cylinder. Combis provide heating and hot water directly from the boiler. Consequently, they are smaller and take up less space in the home.
The short answer is a resounding ‘yes’. The more efficient your boiler runs, the less money you’ll spend on your energy bills. However, exactly how much you will save depends on a variety of factors including the age of your old boiler and the fuel it uses. The Energy Saving Trust has compiled a rough guide for how much households can save in heating bills each year by replacing their old boiler with a new one.
In addition to fitting a new boiler, there are other ways to improve your central heating and save money. These include insulating your property and fitting controls such as thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), room thermostats and smart heating controls. With these, you can manage your eating remotely from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
The government, local authorities and energy suppliers provide grants to people receiving certain benefits and these can cover the entire cost of a new boiler and installation. The cost of a new boiler varies, but a replacement can be as much as £2,500. So you can save a lot of money.
We provide unrivalled excellence in gas, oil and electric heating installation, giving you peace of mind that your installation is done correctly. Our teams have installed hundreds of gas, oil and electric heating systems in homes of all shapes and sizes. We are on your side and can also give you up-to-date advice on the grants that may be available to you. But even if you are not eligible, we can still install your system at very budget-friendly prices.
There is no reason to suffer in cold and uncomfortable rooms. Act now and request a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experts to learn more about the many benefits of installing a new heating system.