Moving into a new home is a big milestone in your life, but with so much to think about and keep on top of, it can be hard to make sense of everything amongst the excitement. It’s important to place your focus on the most important things first, from the very first moment you step through your new front door.
The heating system in your home isn’t ‘one size fits all’; having the incorrect boiler installed could make your bills higher than they should be, reduce the energy efficiency of your home or even fail to heat your home to the required standard.
To make sure that, as a new homeowner, you invest in the right heating system for you, follow this guide to ensure you make the right decisions.
Your house type.
Depending on the type of home you’re moving into, you’ll want to consider the right type of boiler. Older homes and plumbing systems may not be able to cope with the demands of a newer model of boiler, but much newer homes will need more advanced, energy efficient models installed to meet legal requirements. There are different types of central heating system, each with their own pros and cons. It’s important to do the research, so you know which of these systems will work the best and save you money in the running of your home.
Gas central heating.
If suited to your home, gas central heating can be the cheapest option for you. Choosing a reliable gas boiler such as Worcester Bosch and Ideal boiler models can put your mind at ease. Not only will opting for the right model ensure you have a reliable, energy efficient model for your home, but using gas will also be a fast and efficient way of cutting down the amount you spend on heating bills each month.
Gas central heating is the most common type of system in the UK. Gas boilers are very efficient, and installing a condensing boiler to replace a standard gas is relatively simple. However, gas is also a fossil fuel, meaning it’s not the cleanest energy source. This is something you may want to keep in mind.
Electric central heating.
Some homes don’t have access to mains gas, so electricity is an alternative way to heat up your home. There are a number of factors to bear in mind when opting for electricity and controlling your heating bills, such as the size of your property, the insulation you have and how much heating and hot water the people in your home use. It’s worth noting, however, that heating with electricity can be expensive. With electricity, you should expect prices to be much higher than having a gas central heating system.
LPG central heating.
LPG stands for liquid petroleum gas, and is a highly efficient fuel for central heating if you’re not connected to mains gas. LPG is delivered to your home by road and stored in an outdoor tank. This can then be transferred to your heating system when you need it. In some cases, gas boilers can be converted to use liquid petroleum gas when needed.
New build heating systems.
The advantage of buying a new build is that you have so many options when it comes to a heating system. These days, new homes can be heated in a number of ways:
- Mains gas
- LPG, or liquid petroleum gas
The right choice for you will depend entirely on your position. If you are keen to reduce your carbon footprint for example, then you’ll more than likely want to opt for a renewable option. If you’re looking for a standard, convenient option for a family of four, a gas boiler may be the one for you. Identify your needs before you jump into a decision and seek further advice if you need it.
Old build heating systems.
Unfortunately, much older homes don’t have the luxury of a long list of central heating options. If the property is significantly old, the fireplace with a wood burning stove may be the most convenient option to create efficient heat. Alternatively, the property may have hot water or steam radiators installed, or use heating oil, stored in a tank outdoors.
As well as choosing the right heating options, there are also a number of things you can do to help retain heat in your home. Think about wall and loft insulation, double glazed windows and sealing any holes around windows and doors. Every step can add up to create a cosy home; just what you need after moving in those boxes!
Are you a new homeowner?
Have you recently taken the plunge and bought a new home? Which type of central heating have you chosen, or are you thinking of making a change? Post your experience in the comments below!
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