When looking to change your central heating system, there are many factors to consider before making your final choice.

boilerHow much could I save?

This depends completely on your current system, the age and condition and the control systems currently in place.

It may be as simple as adding more energy saving controls such as thermostatic radiator valves or time temperature controls, which essentially are not expensive, but can save you a considerable amount of money.

Upgrade your system, by changing the central heating unit, and keep the existing radiators that are in situ, this can reduce the initial outlay, and can reduce the costs of your bills. Thermostatic radiator valves can be fitted where necessary and any temperature time controls can be added or replaced. Complete system replacement, would involve a new central heating system, pipe work and radiators. This option would require the largest outlay, but also benefits from the most energy efficient products as a whole; this in turn gives you the best result on savings on your gas bills.

Fuel type

The majority of UK households have a gas heating system equipped with a gas boiler, but for the estimated 4.3m households not connected to the UK’s gas network, there are alternatives. Other options include fitting an oil boiler, liquid petroleum gas or LPG boiler, Biomass or a wood burning stove fitted with a back boiler. If you have gas mains, then currently this would be the cheapest option. However should you be in a non-gas mains area, please take a look at our renewable energy section on the website, where you will find more information on the services we offer.

Which system should I choose?

  • How much hot water do you use? A large family using lots of hot water could be better off with a regular boiler โ€“ a smaller household using less may be better off with a combi.
  • Are you short of space? A combi boiler doesnโ€™t need a hot water cylinder, and so needs less space.
  • Are you thinking of installing solar water heating? Many combis are not compatible with solar water heating or cannot use it so effectively see our section on Solar Thermal for more information.

Once you have answered the questions above, our engineers will be able to advise you which boilers best suits your needs, and quote you accordingly. Contact us to arrange for one of our Gas Safe Registered, experienced engineers to call out to your property and carry out a free survey of your system on 0114 2489782 or email us info@failsafeheating.co.uk