Keeping Warm: Different Ways To Heat Your Home

Heating your home can be expensive, especially during the winter months. There are a few different ways to heat your home, and each method has its own benefits and drawbacks.

What is a Gas Heating System?

A gas heating system is a system that uses natural gas to heat a home. The gas is burned in a furnace or a boiler to create heat, which is then distributed throughout the home through ductwork. A gas heating system is a cost-effective and efficient way to heat a home, and it can also be used to provide hot water.

Is gas heat the cheapest way to heat a home?

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to heating your home, including the cost of different types of fuel and the efficiency of different heating systems. In general, gas heat is a cheaper way to heat a home, but there are some cases where it may be more expensive than other options.

Gas-powered heating systems include:

Combi-Boiler Systems

Combi-Boiler Systems are a great option for those who are looking for an energy efficient and reliable way to heat their home. A Combi-Boiler heats water on demand, which means that it only heats up water when you need it, which can save you money on your energy bills. Combi-Boiler Systems are also known for being reliable and for lasting a long time.

If you’re using a combi-boiler to power your central heating, you may also find that it’s quick to heat the radiators when required. If you use a thermostat, you can control when the central heating powers on and off.

Wet Underfloor Heating System

Using gas-power to heat the water, warm water flows into pipes that are situated underneath the floor to provide low heat underfoot – the perfect solution if you have a wooden or tiled floor.

Underfloor heating systems are extremely desirable but can be costly to install as it involves digging up the floor and getting a professional plumber to install the pipework. If any problems arise with the pipework, it may require that the floor is excavated to access it so it’s not as straight-forward as some of the other heating systems.

Gas Fire

A gas fire is an alternative to an electric or coal fire that usually is fixed in a room where the chimney breast is and provides heat on demand. Gas fires are cheaper to run than electric fires and can produce a substantial amount of heat to warm a small room and is often found in living rooms. They’re useful if you need heat in one particular room in an instant.

 

What is an Electric Heating System?

An electric heating system is a system that uses electricity to heat a space. Electric heating systems can be either baseboard heating systems or radiant heating systems. In a baseboard heating system, the electricity is used to heat metal fins that are attached to the baseboard. In a radiant heating system, the electricity is used to heat a wire that is embedded in the floor or in the wall.

Storage Heaters

Storage heaters contain ‘bricks’ that are heated by electrical elements and then retain the warmth to provide heat output slowly over a period of time. The problem is, unlike combi-boiler powered central heating that provides heat quickly, you need to power on the storage heater a day BEFORE you plan to use it as it takes that long to warm up (it uses lower-cost electric in the evening to heat the bricks overnight ready for the next day). So if you’re feeling cold and need heat in that moment but you’ve not turned the storage heater on previously, it’s not going to provide the heat you need until the following day.

Portable Electric Heaters

Portable electric heaters are fantastic for providing heat in a hurry but it comes with two caveats: it’s costly to run due to high energy prices and usage, and the heat it pumps out can only really be felt if you’re sat in the immediate vicinity of it.

Portable electric heaters aren’t known for providing powerful heat output so if you’re looking to heat an entire room, you’d be better using a more powerful system. If you’re sat at a desk or chair and only require a bit of heat to keep you warm, then positioning a portable heater nearby and pointing in your direction will usually be adequate.

Immersion Heater

An immersion heater requires the use of a large hot water tank to store water which is heated using electricty. Unlike modern combi boilers, if you want to use hot water or power your central heating, you could be waiting hours for it to warm up as the tank of water needs to be up to temperature before it can be used. If turned off, the water will ceventually lose heat during the day and therefore need to use more electric to heat the tank of water up again. Very few properties use an immersion heater nowadays due to how costly, inefficient and outdated they are. However, if for whatever reason a gas boiler fails and you have an immersion heater still installed, it serves as a great backup facility.

Electric Underfloor Heating

Electric underfloor heating uses coils powered by electricity to heat the floor of your room. Unlike wet underfloor heating, electric is less obtrusive and is cheaper to install. Should anything go wrong with it and repair is required, it’s not

What is a Multi Fuel Stove?

A multi fuel stove is a stove that can burn more than one type of fuel. Multi fuel stoves are popular because they are versatile and can be used to burn a variety of fuels, including wood, coal, smokeless fuels and gas. Multi fuel stoves come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and some even have the ability to cook food. Multi fuel stoves are a great option for people who want a stove that can do it all.

Are multi fuel stoves powerful enough to heat a home?

Multi fuel stoves are powerful enough to heat a home, but they are not always the most efficient way to heat a home. What fuel you use to burn on the stove will reflect how much heat output is produced. You may also be limited on what fuel you can use depending on whether or not you live in a smoke control area.

If you have an open plan ground floor, then a multi fuel stove may be a perfect solution. The heat from the stove can warm the entire room if using long-burn, high heat fuels or if you refuel with logs regularly. However, if you have separate rooms that you’re looking to heat, a multi fuel stove is only going to be able to warm up the room in which it is situated unless you hook the stove up to the central heating to provide warmth to the entire house.

Multi fuel stoves are available in a variety of different sizes, so it is important to choose the right size for your needs. A small multi fuel stove may not be powerful enough to heat a large room, while a larger room will require a larger sized stove which may cost more to run than expected. It’s always best to weigh up the options, such as what you’ll use the stove for,  before deciding which multi fuel stove to buy.

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What is Central Heating?

Central heating is a system that heats an entire building or home using one main source of heat. This heat is distributed through a network of pipes that run through the walls and floors of the building. Central heating can be powered by oil, natural gas, or electricity or by connecting up to a multi fuel stove.

Which is better – gas or electric central heating?

There is no definitive answer when it comes to deciding whether gas or electric central heating is better. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Gas central heating is cheaper to run than electric, but electric central heating is more environmentally friendly.

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