Running a central heating system can be a pain. There are many different things you must do to maintain your system and keep it running somewhat efficiently, but this comes at a cost.
We often hear about cost, especially when it comes to heating our homes, but what does it really mean? What defines cost?
Let’s weigh up the cost of running a central heating system over a 15 year period vs a Fischer system (or other electric heating system) over the same length of time.
Most gas or oil boilers require annual servicing to retain their warranty and to maintain the efficiency of the boiler.
Servicing is both costly in terms of money and a hassle for any homeowner who has to waste their time employing a gas engineer to service the boiler. With Fischer dynamic radiators, no servicing is required, meaning you can sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home without the need for costly annual maintenance.
You may have heard the term but don’t necessarily know what it means. When a central heating system is in operation, often, air pockets get trapped inside the radiator system. Every time this happens, it causes the radiator system to circulate hot water less effectively, thus resulting in less heat being emitted.
Nobody likes an inefficient heating system, do they?
Also with a gas or oil central heating system, control may be limited. With Fischer radiators, each individual heater has its own wireless programmable thermostat, allowing complete control throughout your home.
Central heating systems have one central control, not allowing the end user to effectively heat each room, resulting in reduced levels of comfort. Central heating users often also find their property becomes stuffy upstairs through the lack of control, resulting in them opening the windows to release the excess heat.
As Fischer radiators contain no liquids, it is impossible for air pockets to form, thus negating the need to bleed your system, saving you time and annoyance. They also offer full control, helping to reduce heat loss and energy wastage.
With any gas or oil central heating system, a boiler is required to heat the radiators. Imagine a television without a remote control – it’s effectively the same as wet radiators without a boiler.
But like everything, boilers don’t last forever. With the average cost of installing a combi boiler ranging from £2,500 – £3,500, it’s not a throwaway item.
Over 15 years, it is not unusual for a homeowner to install 1 or even 2 boilers, adding even further running cost.
Loss of efficiency
Over time, every boiler loses efficiency, especially when they are not well maintained. Due to a loss of efficiency, naturally, your fuel costs will rise.
“This combination of age and old technology means that an older boiler is likely to have significantly higher annual running costs, compared with a modern replacement – as much as £300 per year in a typical semi-detached home.”
Fischer radiators are 100% efficient and will never lose efficiency, meaning you don’t need to regularly replace your system.
As is the case with any household appliance – a boiler isn’t free to run. Each month, you have to pay for the energy you have used at a rate laid out by one of many electricity suppliers in the UK.
This is just one of the many costs of heating.
Pollution & Health Costs
There are over 26 million gas boilers installed in homes and offices around the world, but many people don’t realise that despite being extremely popular, they are potentially harmful to our environment.
Along with many other activities, carbon dioxide is released when we burn fossil fuels to power our homes and industry. Coal, oil, gas and other types of fossil fuels are all culprits.
Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere holds heat. This prevents the heat from exiting our atmosphere, causing the global temperature to rise. Methane given out by landfill sites absorbs and traps 20% more heat than carbon dioxide, causing even further problems.
With government officials and independent bodies worldwide pushing for lower net carbon emissions and cuts on pollution and harmful processes, gas boilers are becoming a thing of the past.
The UK government have banned the installation of gas boilers in all new properties from 2025, forcing homeowners to seek better, more climate conscious alternatives to heat their homes.
Due to the long term pollution from diesel cars and gas boilers, our air is no longer clean and is full of pollutants, resulting in huge numbers of deaths and increased levels of asthma.
When you run a Fischer system and power it with a renewable energy source, your carbon emissions are significantly reduced. No more harmful fossil fuels, just clean energy.
Who doesn’t want to help save the planet in a world where everyone’s focus is turning to protecting the environment?