Choosing the right heating system for your Winchester Home

by | Oct 29, 2015 | Plumbing

There is nothing a homeowner dreads more than a boiler or central heating breakdown during winter. Fortunately, if you have a good engineer’s number, it shouldn’t take too long for your comfort to be restored. Many companies guarantee their work so, if you’ve experienced a problem, you can be reassured by knowing that any further breakdown won’t cost you anything for up to 12 months. There are many different types of boilers and heating available, so it is important to check that the plumber or engineer you engaged has experience and is accredited to deal with your system.

What different types of heating systems are available?

In Winchester, as with the rest of the UK, gas-fired central heating is most common. This is because a large number of houses are connected to the national gas grid, and because this is a reliable and cost-effective way to heat a home. Gas works by heating the water in the boiler to boiling point, and the heat is then routed to radiators and to the hot water taps in your home. If you’re not connected to the grid, you can use other forms of gas that can be delivered to you and stored. The advantage of being on the grid is not having to store the gas, but connecting to the grid can be costly. Using gas is efficient, particularly if you have a condensing boiler. It’s important to remember if you engage an engineer to work on your gas heating system that he should be on the Gas Safe Register. This is your guarantee that he is trained and capable to work on your system. Most heating companies recommend that you service your gas boilers annually. You can visit here to get more information.

There are also many homes that use electric central heating, but this can be extremely pricey. The advantage is that electricity is available almost everywhere. If you research electric heating you will find that there is a cost-saving component available. With this system, special heat-retaining bricks can be heated up at night (with the cost of electricity being cheaper) and the heat stored in these bricks is then used to warm the house the following day. You would need to arrange that you were eligible for the reduced electricity tariff during the night. This type of heating system is cheaper to install than a gas system as extensive pipe-work isn’t required.

There is also the option to use oil for heating and this system also provides heating through radiators and hot water taps. Here again, the oil would need to be stored on-site. With the recent drop in the price of oil, this method of heating has become far more affordable. No matter what system you choose, maintenance will be required and having a reliable engineering service to ensure that your equipment is in good order will make certain that you always have the heating you require.

Prestige Plumbers will be able to assist you with all your needs for heating in Winchester.

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