How to choose a Central Heating System

How to choose the right Boiler for you and your family.


We understand that choosing a boiler can be tricky: there are so many different types of central heating boilers and central heating systems on the market and they can vary dramatically in price and performance. Combination, condensing, gas or oil, choosing a boiler can be a daunting prospect when you don’t really understand what you need or the terminology used when it comes to central heating systems and central heating boilers.

Choosing a boiler and central heating systems

To help you decide when choosing a boiler and central heating systems, here are some helpful hints which should make things a little easier:

  • Size matters – it is important to find out what output a boiler would need for your home. This will include: how many radiators you have, the size of your house, how many bathrooms you have, the age of your home, the type of insulation in your home, whether you have double glazing, and how high your ceilings are.
  • Have you made any energy efficiency changes to your home since the last boiler was installed, for example, insulation and draft proofing? If so, this will reduce your heating requirements.
  • Do you plan to extend your home in the future? If you do, this also has to be taken into account as this will put new demands on central heating systems and central heating boilers.
  • Government legislation states that all new boilers should be condensing models if it is possible to fit one. These are smaller and more energy efficient, saving you money in the long term, as well as benefiting the environment.
  • If your home is not connected to a mains gas supply then oil central heating may be a better solution for you. It is a cheaper option than other fuels and bottled gas and is no less environmentally friendly than gas.
  • A combination boiler would eradicate the need for a separate hot water tank and doing this could actually free up space in your home.
  • Where do you want to position your boiler? Not all boilers can be hidden away in a cupboard so it is worth thinking about where you want to put it and finding out which model would best suit your needs.

Holdcroft Heating can provide you with non-obligatory advice on which type of central heating systems and central heating boilers may be most appropriate for your needs. Please complete the online enquiry form to arrange a consultation.


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