Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose central heating?
Central heating via radiators or underfloor will heat your entire home evenly and you can use a variety of fuel types. There will be no hot or cold spots as well as no air movement circulating dust which can aggravate allergies. Additionally, there will be no background noise as the systems are virtually silent.
Which is better, underfloor heating or radiators?
Radiator and underfloor systems share the same high level of comfort but each method has unique characteristics which suit some applications better than others. Underfloor central heating is the most discrete and most comfortable form of central heating and provides a constant temperature day and night. It won’t compromise the interior of the house either as the water circulates through the pipes encapsulated within the slab, and you will also enjoy nice warm flooring.
On the other hand, modern radiators emit warmth via a combination of natural convection and radiant heat and has the most flexible control. They are suitable for a renovation or new build projects that use concrete or timber floor construction.
Will warm water central heating be a healthy option for my family?
Yes, definitely! Hydronic central heating does not blow hot air and therefore doesn’t circulate dust, unlike other heat sources such as heat pumps, which can aggravate asthma and allergies. Rest assured your children and pets are also safe as there are no naked flames or elements to cause harm. Up to 80% of condensation problems can also be eliminated by installing central heating in an old house, as the system will dry out the structure of the home resulting in less damp air.
What are the running cost comparisons between different fuel types?
From best to worst (unless you have access to free wood); natural gas, electric heat pump, diesel then LPG. Estimated running costs are calculated when we generate your system design but will vary depending on perceived comfort levels, insulation levels, ambient temperature extremes, building design and construction and regional energy prices.
How long do your heating systems take to install? Will I be left with a half-complete job because you have to be somewhere else?
Can I use my system to heat my hot water also?
The heating appliance has the capacity to be integrated and multi-task a range of extra duties including domestic hot water production and pool heating. The cost to implement this represents a significant saving over the cost of adding another plumbing system for hot water, so it’s important to include these savings in the overall project budget.
Is the water in the heating system the same as the water in my taps and shower?
No, the two water systems are kept separate. The hot water for taps and showers is either heated up instantaneously on demand, or stored in a hot water cylinder which is heated via an internal coil to keep the two bodies of water apart.