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What Is Central Heating?

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Central heating – this is the most common form of heating in the UK! A boiler heats up water that is pumped through pipes to radiators throughout the house as well as providing hot water to the kitchen and bathroom taps.

Most boilers run on mains gas, but in areas where mains gas is not available, the boiler can run on oil. Mains gas is usually the cheapest, and it has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions. Some boilers also have an electric immersion heater as a back-up.

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If you have a central heating system, you may consider these energy-saving improvements:

  • Let Kensign Engineering Ltd replace your boiler with a newer, more efficient model.
  • Fit better controls and use them to make sure your boiler only provides heat where and when you want it.
  • Switch to a cheaper energy tariff
  • Make any insulation and draught-proofing improvements that you can.
  • Use chemical inhibitors to help maintain central heating system efficiency

For more information on central heating systems please contact us today!


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How to Save Energy and Money on your Central Heating

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Simply turning the central heating down by a degree or two can make a significant difference to your energy consumption but here are some simple tips to save energy on your central heating:

  • Use your central heating timer (not the thermostat) to turn heating on and off.
  • Keep your radiators clear. For example, don’t put a sofa in front of your radiator, because it will absorb a lot of the heat.
  • If your radiators are fixed to the outside wall, put radiator panels behind them to reflect the heat back into the room.
  • Use thermal curtains (or just heavy ones) during the winter, and close them at dusk so heat doesn’t escape through the windows.
  • For properties with high ceilings, placing a shelf just above the radiator helps to deflect the heat into the centre of the room rather than it drifting straight up to the ceiling.
  • Get a draught excluder – you could save up to £35 a year when you get rid of all the draughts in your house. [2]
  • Install insulation. Cavity wall insulation could save you around £160 a year and loft installation could save around £140.
  •  Fit double glazing so heat doesn’t escape through your windows.