The best heating for your home

How you heat your home is extremely important. Not only will the best heating system keep you cosy in winter, it will also help ensure your energy bills stay as low as possible. 

But with so many different types of home heating systems available, which is best for your home? 

Gas central heating is the most common in England, Scotland and Wales, but more than one million homes aren’t connected to the gas grid. This is more common in rural areas or blocks of flats.

In Northern Ireland, 70% of homes are heated with oil. Natural gas only became available in 1996, starting in Greater Belfast and Larne.

Heating options if you’re off the gas grid include LPG, oil and electric. If you’ve inherited one of these central heating systems, read on to find out more about your home heating system.

We explain the different heating systems available for your home, including renewable energy, plus how you can cut your bills.

Using less energy is the easiest way to cut your bills – see our 10 tips to save money on gas and electricity.

Gas central heating

If your house is connected to the national gas grid, a gas-fired central heating system is usually the cheapest option for heating your home. 

You can save money on long-term running costs by choosing a reliable, efficient boiler when your existing model packs up. Check the best boiler brands, according to boiler owners and engineers, plus find out which brands to steer clear of.

A quick and easy way to cut your heating bills is to use your heating controls to minimise the amount of energy you use. For some simple, easy tips on how to save money, see our guide to boiler controls and thermostats. 

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