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.