10 Jun 2019

Heating system choices if you don’t have gas

Living in the countryside can be much better for your health than living in a city centre. Less petrol and diesel fumes, bigger gardens, country walks with the family dog, and growing your own fruits and kitchen vegetables. But what are your choices of heating systems living in a rural location with no gas supply?

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Oil fired boiler or electric heating

Oil fired systems haven’t changed much in the last few decades, but electric radiator systems have made huge technological advances in the last decade, so here are the important factors to consider and the differences between oil fired and electric (Creative Rads) heating to help you to make an informed choice.

Individual Radiator Programming and Controls

Another huge difference between oil fired and Electric Creative-Rads is the heating controls and settings. With Creative-Rads, you can control every radiator separately and independently from each other, so you can have grandma’s bedroom at 22 degrees, johnnie’s bedroom at 19 degrees, and the dining room radiator on a background setting of 12 degrees except for 2 hours to eat from 6pm to 8pm, and the lounge set to come on at 7pm until 11pm. With oil fired heating, you will have every radiator on or off, and no way of setting a precise temperature for each room.

Don’t Fall Foul of Eco-Design ‘Lot 20’ Legislation

Self-build are landing in hot water, from failing to install electric space heaters that meet the new Eco-Design ‘Lot 20’ Legislation. Their installation meets all current electrical wiring standards and practices; but if the heating they are installing is not compliant with Lot 20 Legislation, they can be in trouble.

As Self-builders, you are all aware that Eco-Design legislation came into effect on 1st January 2018, but suppliers have not cleared their non-compliant stock and you could be buying electric radiators that do not comply. Be sure to ask your suppliers for compliant models which must have intelligent room temperature controls to minimise wasted energy, showing that they comply with Energy Related Products Regulations (ERP). This includes all electric heaters using electricity or liquid fuels, electric radiators, electric underfloor heating and electric and gas fires.

You can live happily in a rural countryside setting, knowing that you are reducing the carbon footprint and helping UK and European targets for green energy. What could be a better choice?

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