Central Heating Installation
When you are planning out the installation of a new central heating system the first decision to make is what type of energy you want to be using; gas, electricity or oil fired. Oil tends to be the most expensive to run, you are likely to choose oil if you live somewhere remote where gas is not an option, otherwise the two main contenders are gas and electricity. Also with oil fired you have to have the oil delivered, there is always the possibility that you could actually run out before the next batch is delivered plus you have to pay for a tank to store it all in, which can be an ugly eyesore unless you pay to have it sunk into the ground, but it is still an extra expense to consider.
Gas is the cheapest to run by far these days (provided you have a gas installation already), as the cost of gas is the same throughout the day and night. Electricity costs more during the day so storage heaters are a possibility, which run on off peak electricity at night, which can be an attractive proposition, but they lack the immediacy of gas which you can just turn up immediately when it’s particularly cold.
Either way you are going to be paying for the installation of a boiler and radiators and the location of these requires some thought, as does the size of the boiler. If you buy one that is too large you will be wasting energy when it is heating up so make sure you get a boiler with a capacity that is suited to your house.
Planning out where to put the radiators and boiler should be done in partnership with your installation company, as they will have plenty of valuable experience and knowledge to offer and they will be familiar with the systems. With regards the installation company, you need to shop around and compare quotations obviously, and once you have chosen make sure that the quote is for the whole job, that there are no other charges that are not listed and that it is in writing, with a solid guarantee and preferably a free follow- up inspection and a good maintenance contract to keep the system running for years to come.
Make sure that you are presented with enough information about the heating system, the design of the radiators, boiler and control panel and that you are happy with every aspect of the installation. Check the radiators are the type with fins as they radiate heat the most efficiently and that the design is in keeping with the décor of your home. The boiler needs to be installed in a location where all the water and gas pipes can connect easily and it can ventilate efficiently. Make sure the operation of the control panel is totally clear so that you will have no problems programming it or understanding all of its functions.