How you heat your home is extremely important. Not only will the best heating system keep you cosy in winter, it will also have a big impact on your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
There are several types and fuels to choose from. So if you're considering upgrading your heating system, it's worth comparing the different options.
Gas central heating is most common in England, Scotland and Wales, but more than one million homes aren’t connected to the gas grid. This is more common in rural areas or blocks of flats.
In Northern Ireland, more than two third of homes use oil boilers as their main source of heating. Natural gas first became available in 1996 and the network is gradually expanding.
Heating options if you’re off the gas grid include:
Gas is a fossil fuel so heating your home with it is not sustainable - if this is your top concern, consider renewable or electric heating instead.
Electric central heating is more common in flats and new-build homes.
Typically it's made up of separate heaters in each room, rather than being powered by a central boiler.
Oil is the most common power for home heating systems in Northern Ireland.
You'll need need a tank outside your home to store the oil, which you'll need to buy in bulk.
Renewable heating is a more sustainable way to heat your home and is becoming more widespread.
Making your own heat reduces your carbon footprint and means you're less dependent on fossil fuels, such as gas and oil, whose prices can be high and volatile.
Renewable energy heating systems include:
Wood burning stoves and biomass boilers are fuelled by organic material, such as logs or wood pellets. They can be connected to a boiler to heat water and the rest of your home. Sustainably-sourced fuel is considered sustainable though it's worth considering .
LPG stands for Liquid Petroleum Gas and is used to heat some homes.
Like oil, you'll need to buy in bulk, have it delivered by a tanker and store it in a tank in the garden.