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Central Heating Systems

Your central heating system keeps you warm and comfortable and helps to make your house feel like home.

By choosing the right central heating system for your property, you could lower your energy bills too.
Here is a summary of some of the central heating solutions available to most homes:

Wet Systems

A wet central heating system pumps hot water into your radiators, which in turn heat your home. It's the most popular type of central heating, taking over from the warm air systems that were prevalent in the 60s and 70s.

If you're on the mains gas network, you'll be able to opt for a wet central heating system using either a combi boiler, or a system or heat only boiler and hot water cylinder. A combi boiler is perfect for smaller homes, while larger residences with higher hot water demand may be better served by a system that includes a hot water cylinder.

If you're one of the 3.5 million households not covered by mains gas, you could use an LPG or oil boiler.

Electric heating

Electric central heating is a viable option for homes off the mains gas grid. They don't have a boiler, but use electricity to generate heat in either oil-filled radiators, or storage heaters.

Storage heaters are filled with a ceramic block that absorbs heat overnight during the off-peak rate, and then slowly gives out the heat the following day.

Electric central heating systems are quick to install (with no flue or pipework), but the benefits are rather limited. Electric heating is notoriously expensive, and considerably less responsive than a wet system - with storage heaters, in particular, hard to control.

Ground source heat pumps

An alternative to traditional central heating solutions, Ground Source Heat Pumps are a renewable technology that use naturally occurring thermal energy stored in the ground.

Ground Source Heat Pumps, such as the Baxi Geoflo, transfer low grade heat stored in the ground, at a depth of around one to two metres. Read more about how the Baxi Geoflo works.

The Baxi Geoflo is a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified product (MCS certification number MCS007), meaning it is eligible for the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive.

Find out whether a ground source heat pump is suitable for your home.

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