Should I switch from an oil to gas boiler?

The vast majority of properties in the UK have a gas heating system, but many homes still use an older oil fired central heating system. This is particularly true of some of the beautiful older properties in the Brighton and Hove area.

Many people are perfectly satisfied with their sturdy old oil fired system, In those days things were built to last, so it’s no surprise that these oil fired systems are still in great working order.  However, I get a huge amount of calls from people who want to switch their oil fired system for a gas heating system, and there are some good reasons for their choice.

The first is usually the price. It’s simply much more expensive to heat a home with oil than it is to heat it with gas. You will no doubt have noticed all of the headlines about energy prices going up recently. Oil doesn’t grab as much media attention as gas and electrify prices,  but it’s actually going up at an even higher rate.

While older oil fired systems are certainly often reliable, they are also incredibly inefficient. A relatively small percentage of the energy in the oil is actually transferred into heating, with the rest dissipating in the old system. This is a problem that gas boilers, especially new gas boilers, just don’t have.  This makes it even more expensive.

Then there is the cost of the delivery. Occasionally domestic oil delivery companies will charge as much as £200 to deliver oil to your door.  You won’t see this cost, because the delivery is usually included in the price of the oil. It’s a hidden cost that oil companies put on top, and many people are being ripped off by it.

Gas central heating systems are much cheaper to run. They may not have the same extreme longevity as a formidable, ancient oil fired system, but they will save you a lot of money, even if they need to be replaced every 30-40 years instead of once a century.

The only real reason to continue to rely on an oil fired system is if you live in a remote location that is off the main gas grid.

If you’re interested in replacing your old oil fired heating system with a new modern and efficient gas system, then get in touch today.

  • Does anyone actually still use oil boilers?

  • Kai Hobbs

    What is oil fired central heating system?

    • Oil fired central heating is used in ‘wet’ heating systems where an oil fired boiler heats water that then provides the central heating through radiators in your home.

  • James Wallis

    Why are new boilers more efficient?

    • Replacing an old gas boiler with no controls, with an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler and full set of heating controls will significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions – and could save you as much as £305 a year.

  • David Marshall

    What is the major
    difference between oil central heating and gas central heating?

    • The major difference between oil central
      heating and gas central heating is that the oil is delivered by a truck and
      stored in a tank. The tank can be rented from the oil supplier and is an
      additional cost that needs to be taken into account.

  • Chloe Marsh

    What can be the only reason to continue relying in an oil fired system?

    • The only real reason to continue to rely on an oil fired system is if you live in a remote location that is off the main gas grid.

  • Ben Lewis

    How does oil central heating work?

    • Oil fired central heating is used in ‘wet’ heating systems where an oil fired boiler heats water that then provides the central heating through radiators in your home.

  • Noah Metcalfe

    Is oil central heating more efficient than gas heating system?

    • Oil is a highly efficient fuel, so you get a
      good return on every unit of energy. Modern condensing boilers, which use hot
      flue gases that are wasted in a standard boiler, now achieve efficiencies of
      90% and more. Replacing a standard oil boiler with a highly efficient modern
      condensing boiler is relatively straightforward.