Central heating FAQ’s

What and why is Gas Safe registration important?

The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. Always check your engineer is on the Gas Safe Register!

What is a condensing boiler?

A condensing boiler makes more of the energy it runs on by using heat normally expelled through the flue. By converting over 90% of the fuel used (rather than just 50% in the case of some old boilers), a condensing boiler makes your fuel go further. Therefore, a condensing boiler can help to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

What is a combi boiler?

Combi is short for ‘combination’. It refers to the way this type of system serves as both a central heating boiler and a hot water heater. That means there’s no need for a water tank as hot water is provided on demand. As well as saving the space normally taken up by a water tank (in the loft or airing cupboard), a combi boiler saves on hot water costs as well as giving you hot water at mains pressure.

What is a regular boiler?

This typically forms part of a conventional heating system, and is linked to a series of water tanks that feed the boiler and radiators. Storing hot water is key to this system, so unlike a combi, a plentiful supply of hot water is always available. Space in the loft and airing cupboard is required for tanks

What is a system boiler?

Like a regular system, this uses stored hot water. But because the water is pumped from the boiler straight to the radiators and hot water tank, it’s a faster, more economical system. What’s more, many of the components of the system are builtin, making it easier, quicker and more affordable to install.

Solar water heating

Solar water heating panels convert the energy from the sun into heat in order to produce hot water for the home. Worcester’s Greenskies solar panels systems can provide up to 50-70% of the hot water requirement for your home, providing the system has been well sized. The panels complement existing heating systems that use a regular or system condensing boiler.

There is also Government backed funding available for certain systems, go to www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk for details.

What are all the heating controls?

Read out page about heating controls and information about hot water