Central Heating Installation
Choosing a System
It would be fair to say that in Scotland central heating is less of a luxury and more of a fundamental necessity for every home! The idea of going even a day without a functioning heating and hot water system is pretty grim to say the least. Remember central heating systems are neither time nor bullet-proof.
Old poorly maintained central heating systems have a nasty habit of breaking down just when you need it most…usually right in the middle of a cold Scottish Winter. Their inefficiency also means you will quite literally be burning money.
Upgrading to a new modern High efficiency boiler with associated pipework, radiators and controls can make a huge difference to your peace of mind and will put more money back into your pocket.
A common question we are asked is: how much will a full new Central Heating system cost?
The answer will be determined by the size, complexity and type of central heating installation you require. Variables like the size of your home, the flue type required, the number, style and size of radiators you choose will mainly determine the cost though other extras like magnetic filters, gas pipe upgrades and condensing pumps can all make their respective marks on the overall cost.
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The main factors that will affect the cost of your central heating installation include the following:
- Your choice of boiler. i.e make, model and size.
- The style and sizes of radiators you choose.
- Ease of installation, if your home is occupied it will take longer to move stuff around and install the pipework. Other extras like the flue type required, magnetic filters, gas pipe upgrades and condensing pumps can also make their respective marks on the overall cost.
- Installing intelligent controls is also pivotal to you getting the most out of your new central heating system. Controls such as room thermostats, TRVs, and wireless sensors will significantly improve your systems operation and efficiency.
- Installing room thermostats into each room is the best way to attain ideal temperatures for each space rather than relying on a single thermostat. When used in conjunction with TRVs, room thermostats will save you money.
Replacing your gas boiler could save you around £300 Per year.
Energy efficient boilers reduce harmful CO2 Emissions and help the environment. Lower your carbon footprint and keep your home warm.
Old Boiler Rating
Approx. Annual Saving
CO2 Saving Per Year
These are estimated figures based on installing a new A-rated condensing gas boiler and full set of heating controls in a gas-heated, semi-detached home with three bedrooms.
There are two main types of gas boilers, condensing conventional boilers and condensing combination boilers.
Conventional gas boiler
This type of gas boiler system requires two water tanks, one, is usually in your loft and the other small expansion tank feeds your hot water cylinder which is usually located in a cupboard. Your new high efficiency central heating boiler will heat both the water in your radiators and pipework and also hot water to your cylinder.
Condensing combination gas boiler
Combination gas boilers are very efficient, economical and are designed to provide your home with a continual supply of on demand heating and hot water.
Combination boilers heat your hot water instantly and directly from the cold water mains, this affords you the luxury of unlimited hot water and eliminates the wait that storage cylinders may incur. It can also free up space in your loft and cupboard when your water tanks and hot water cylinder are removed. A pump that is built into your new boiler will circulate hot water through the pipes to heat up your radiators.
Flues are chimneys that serve as a vent for fumes that are produced during the operation of your boiler.
A horizontal flue is vented through an outside wall at the back or side of your boiler.
A Vertical flue is vented upwards through your roof.
Flues may be concealed or visible openly, depending on the installation approach followed. However, regular servicing and maintenance of your boiler and flue are essential to protect you against the possible dangers of Carbon Monoxide.
Hot Water Cylinders
Hot water cylinders are used to store the heated hot water produced by your boiler.
There are two types of hot water cylinders available:
Vented hot water cylinders; which are connected using a vent pipe to a cold water tank.
Unvented water cylinders; which are pressurized to allow the supply of hot water at a higher pressure than a vented cylinder. The size of unvented cylinder you require will vary depending on the number of outlets (usually showers) you are looking to supply. This type of installation is always more expensive so we would only an unvented cylinder if you have a requirement for hot water to be supplied simultaneously from more than 2 outlets.
Radiators are so popular in central heating systems as they provide flexible heating solutions; They heat up quickly and cool down quickly too. The advantages of using radiators are many, they are healthy, responsive and easily controlled per the requirements of the user. They are safe to use while their surfaces remain warm they do not cause damage to anything that is touching them or in close proximity. There are many different styles, sizes and colours of radiators available to suit all tastes and budgets. Please contact us for more details.