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What is the cheapest central heating system to install?

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Alex, Staff Writer

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Keeping your home warm is one of the most important factors when it comes to a healthy home life, especially if where you live is susceptible to cold weather. Understanding which heating system to install, when the best time to replace it is and how much you should be paying, are all important things to know before attempting a huge task like having your central heating installed or replaced.

We aim to guide you through the ins and outs of central heating system installation and replacement, helping you to make the right decisions while saving a little on costs. Although the right choice may be a little different for everyone, there are certain rules and procedures that can make the whole process that little bit easier.

What is a Central Heating System?

In basic terms, a central heating system is a series of pipes, radiators or heaters that are connected through a home, all enabling heat to be passed from the system into the home. There are a number of different types of heating systems available and knowing which is the right one for you depends on a number of different factors.

Central heating systems normally fall into one of three categories: 

  • Wet systems

  • Warm air systems

  • Storage heaters. 

Each one of these systems works under different setups and knowing which is the right one for your home can depend on differing conditions.

A wet system is the most common of the three and works by heating water and passing through a series of pipes and radiators around the home. A warm air system is far less common in modern times, yet is used often throughout some parts of the world, like North America. This system works with a boiler heating air and passing throughout the home via a series of ducts and vents. 

What is the cheapest Heating System to install? 

When it comes to replacing or installing a central heating system, the cost is one of the major factors to consider. The overall true cost will not only depend on the type of system you install but other mediating factors. 

These factors include: 

  • The local climate

  • The cost stated by local energy suppliers

  • The availability of energy in your area 

When generally speaking, opting for an electrical boiler or gas one is seen as a much more cost-effective way of keeping prices down. Although the initial cost of the boiler may be higher, the price for installing and securing the system is lower.    

Can I get a government grant to install Central Heating?

Depending on where you live in the world, there may be governmental policies in place, helping you secure funds to install central heating in your home. These grants are government-backed schemes and can help towards installing new boilers or a full central heating system, depending on where you live.

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