Cost of Installing Central Heating

Have you bought a house that has an old boiler system? Or is your current boiler breaking down a little too often and costing you a fortune in repairs? If so, you should consider installing a new boiler system. Though the initial cost is huge, it helps you save on energy bills in the long run. Actually, with the amount of money you save over the years, the new boiler installation will practically pay for itself.

With that said, before you get started on the boiler installation project, you need to have a rough estimate of the costs to expect. In this guide, we shall share some crucial pointers to help you better plan your finances.

The cost of installing a new central heating system

The installation can set you back between £3,000 and £4,000. The installation will include the boiler, the pipes, controls, and radiators. And depending on the type of boiler you choose for your home, you might also need a hot water storage tank and an expansion tank.

Now, the prices of these elements vary significantly between manufacturers. What’s more, you’ll have to factor in the labour costs. However, most installation companies include the labour of Gas safe engineers in the quotation.

To give you a clear picture of what to expect, we’ve come up with rough estimates for two-storey, three-bedroom houses. The prices listed below are based on a Gas Safe engineer who will charge about £200 daily plus £100 for an extra worker.

  • New boiler cost (including the supply and installation: £900 – £1,400
  • Nine radiators including the supply and installation: £1,000 – £1,200
  • Water tank including supply and installation: £150 – £200
  • Miscellaneous parts and labour: £150 – £200
  • Pipework including supply and installation: £800 – £1,000
  • Total cost: between £3,000 and £4,000

Bear in mind that the above is a rough estimate. For an accurate determination of central heating installation cost, you need to consider additional factors including;

  • Boiler brand, size and type
  • The size of the radiators
  • The heating control technology
  • The ease of installation. For instance, an empty house is quicker to install than an inhabited house

Yes, the initial cost is daunting. But remember, you’ll save money by swapping your oil or electric central heating system for a gas system. This is because gas prices are lower in comparison to oil and electric bills. Also, modern boilers (especially those using condensing technology are 90% more efficient than conventional central heating systems. This means that for every £1 spent to heat the house, you only lose 10p.

Moreover, you can increase the savings more by investing in insulation solutions for your home. There’s also the option of smart heating controls, which will help in tracking your energy usage in real-time. Some thermostats even provide you with control over house heating through your smartphone. This way, you can turn on the heat when you leave work to ensure you arrive to a comfortable home without having to leave the heat on the entire day.

And here is some good news; depending on your prevailing circumstances, you might qualify for a boiler installation grant. Check different installation companies for these opportunities. Even if you can afford to fund the installation, you could use with the help.

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