Central Heating Buyers Guide
Most homes in the UK have gas central heating and it can be difficult to know where to start when buying a new boiler. Boiler prices can vary widely and there are a range of different boiler manufacturers, each with their own pros and cons. If you have gas central heating you must always make sure that you employ a Gas Safe Engineer to install or do any work on gas appliances including boilers.
How To Buy A Replacement Boiler
Buying a new boiler is one of the most expensive household appliances that can be purchased, so it’s vitally important that you choose the best option for your property and that the price you pay is fair and right.
The first aspect to consider is the fuel type – the majority of UK households have a gas central heating system, although there are around 4.3 million households which are not connected to the UK’s gas network. If you do not choose a gas boiler, the main alternatives are oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or a wood burning stove.
Next, you will need to decide the type of boiler you wish to buy. The two most common types are combination, or combi boilers, which generate heat to your radiators and a hot water system on demand and heat-only boilers, which are connected to a hot water storage system.
Most modern boilers are much more efficient than the older, traditional boilers. Homes with gas central heating will generate around 60% of their CO2 emissions from the gas boiler. If cutting energy costs and lowering your carbon footprint are important to you, the more efficient the boiler you can buy, the better.
Once you have decided the type of boiler you wish to buy, you can research the different manufacturers to find a model to suit you and your property’s needs. Speak to family and friends to get opinions and feedback on different gas boilers and their experiences.
Another option when choosing a new gas boiler is deciding which type of heating controls to get. The controls of your central heating system enable you to dictate when, where and at what temperature your heating operates. This can help you to cut down on heating costs as you can ensure that the heating is only on when you need it to be, and in which rooms you need to be heated.
Installing A New Boiler
A gas boiler should never be installed by anyone other than a Gas Safe Engineer. When looking to buy a new boiler, check whether your supplier can arrange installation or whether you will need to find an installer yourself. You can find an engineer in your local area on the Gas Safe Register website. A Gas Safe Engineer will always carry an ID card with their registration details and a list of what work they are qualified to do.
How To Buy Electric Heating
If you plan to buy electric central heating, the most cost effective option to go for is Night Storage heaters. These heaters take advantage of the cheaper night-time electricity rates to store heat and release this during the day. The two most popular tariffs are Economy 7 and Economy 10.