What if you have no mains gas available to you? There are over 4 million people in the UK with no mains gas! Gulp… let’s say that again…. over 4 million in the UK have no mains gas. What is the best off mains heating option 2019?
Higher heating bills with convection heating
What does that mean? Higher heating bills for certain if you’re using convection heating of some kind. Add that to an expensive fuel such as LPG or oil and it’s easy to see why fuel poverty is such a concern in these areas with no mains gas. If you live in the Inverness or Belfast postcodes for example you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Rural Wales, Lincolnshire, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands all suffer from the same problem of no mains gas supply and therefore potentially much higher heating bills. The map below shows the extent of the issue.
Even in areas where mains gas is available, quite often newer, purpose built flats will not have a mains gas installation – these types of property will often have the cheapest type of wall mounted electric convection heater installed which are hugely expensive to run.
Anyone who has sat at home shivering because they can’t afford to put the heating on knows how miserable this is. It’s time to replace storage heaters!
What are the options if you have no mains gas?
Upgrade your existing LPG or Oil boiler to something more efficient.
Possible but expensive and you’ll still be using that expensive fuel an inefficient convection based heating. There are better options available.
Install an air or ground source heat pump
Great idea, but bear in mind you’ll generally either need to replace your radiators at the same time (to cope with the lower flow temperatures from a heat pump) or underfloor heating. All in all a very costly option and also be aware that although the efficiency may appear to be greater in the literature, a lot of off gas properties are in the coldest regions of the UK and as the temperature drops so does the efficiency of a heat pump.
If you’ve got a good cheap supply of fuel and you don’t mind feeding the beast constantly then this may be a good option.
This may be a better option than a heatpump if you don’t have underfloor heating. The flow temperatures are high enough so that you can work with your existing radiators. However the equipment is expensive and you’ll need to make sure of a reliable pellet supplier.
We’ve posted on the issues with storage heaters and the benefits of replacing storage heaters previously.
Modern infrared heating
If you don’t want the expense and upheaval of ripping out boilers, changing radiators to match low flow temperatures, installing under floor heating or constantly feeding a wood burner, then infrared heating is a sensible and cost effective option.
Modern infrared heaters cost less than storage heaters for example. Infrared heaters are very efficient, flexible, easy to control and provide instant heat. Radiant heaters are the most efficient form of electric heating and the infrared heat provided is stored in your building, not the air. What does that mean? With infrared heating, if someone opens a door or you have a draughty window for example you are far less likely to lose heat with an infrared heater than you are with convection based heat. You can learn more about the significant benefits of infrared heating.
If you live in a static caravan or park home, this article may be of interest.
Take a look at our wide range of infrared heaters
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