Tuesday 15 November 2022

What to consider when repairing or replacing your heating system

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Keeping your home warm is vital, especially in the winter months. There are many different ways that you can heat your home too. From radiators to electric space heaters, there are so many options. But when the time comes that they need replacing, you might start to wonder which system is best for you. So, keep reading and find out what you need to consider when repairing or replacing your heating system. 

The Type Of System

There are many different types of heating systems, but the main two are central and electric based heating. Most homes are fitted with central heating which runs off of gas, but with the general public becoming more eco-conscious, it might not be your go to choice. Gas central heating has many benefits such as the boiler being extremely efficient, and you might find that your house gets warmer a lot quicker and for longer. However, there are some drawbacks to gas central heating such as the use of fossil fuels to run, annual maintenance from a Gas Safe Engineer, and the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. 

Electric heating systems are similar in that they have benefits and drawbacks too. Some of the positives of electric heating systems are that they’re cheaper to repair and need less maintenance, more often than not they have smart controls, and in the current energy crisis they’re cheaper to run. There are some disadvantages to electric heating systems in that they can be more expensive to install at first, lots of homes have storage heaters which are not very efficient, and old electric storage heaters have been known to contain asbestos. So, there are benefits to both types of systems and disadvantages too. This means it’s all down to your personal preference to which one is right for your home, but it’s important that you weight up the pros and cons of each before deciding. 

Your Budget

Budget is going to be super important when it comes to deciding which heating system to go for when repairing or replacing your current one. Some systems are a lot more expensive like air-source heat pumps for example. If you don’t want to be spending your entire savings on repairing your heating system, then it’s important that you find out what options are actually within your budget. Try speaking to different suppliers and engineers to see which option will be right for your wallet. You might find that sometimes replacing the whole system is cheaper than repairing it, so you may want to look at all your options before going head first into the repairs. You also want to think about the cost of running that particular heating system too. Some will cost you a lot more than others, so make sure you take this into account and work out if it will fit into your monthly budget. 

Cat lying asleep on radiator
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Being aware of the impact that our heating systems have on the environment is important to a lot of people, so you probably want to compare the different systems out there. You’ll find that a lot of them are much energy efficient than others, so rushing into the system that you go for can be detrimental to your bills and the planet. You’ll find that the more eco-friendly systems tend to be cheaper to run as well, and some of them (like solar panels) can even make you money. Efficiency can help ensure that your home is well heated too, as a lot of older boilers are nowhere near as efficient as modern ones. So, replacing your system to something more modern could boost your efficiency much more than repairing the same old system. 


With the rise of modern technology, it’s become a lot more popular with heating systems. From radiators that can be controlled by an app on your phone to boilers that can be controlled remotely by engineers, there are so many advancements with heating systems, that you need to consider the technology carefully. If you’re not a fan of using things like your phone for smart things around your home, then you’ll want to make sure that you avoid electric radiators that can only be controlled this way. This doesn’t mean you have to go for old models though, you just need to go for ones that incorporate both types of controls. This way you’ll be able to enjoy the new heating system that you’ve got and be able to make the most of modern technology in terms of efficiency. You may want to avoid heating systems that don’t make use of modern technology at all as it could mean that repairs are a lot more expensive should you encounter issues. So, make sure you really research the technology that your chosen heating system comes with, and you’ll definitely have a much better user experience when it’s fitted.

Making sure that your home is well heated is important to everyone, so you want to ensure that you go for the best heating system possible. However, there are things that you need to consider beforehand such as your budget, the type of technology used, and how efficient the new system is. Thinking about all of these things will really help you make the best choice possible for your house and allow you to warm each and every room. So, if you’re thinking about repairing or replacing your heating system, make sure that you take these tips on board and you’ll definitely have a well heated home. 

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