HOW MUCH FOR CENTRAL HEATING?

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How Much Does Central Heating Cost? I’m happy to say that this is a pretty straightforward question as central heating is pretty much a standard job these days. Clearly the most expensive item is the boiler so that is probably the main variable other than location.

When it comes to location here you might get a shock if you happen to be installing a boiler on higher floors as old flues have to be removed and new ones installed.

It is not uncommon to have to pay out 500 just to have scaffolding put up so that you can reach the flue and complete the work properly and in safety. So be warned if you happen to have a flat on the fifth floor in a mansion block.


SO HOW MUCH FOR CENTRAL HEATING INSTALLATION?

To kick off lets look at the costs for a new central heating installation to an average 3 bed 1930 terrace with a standard combi boiler and 7 radiators. Bearing in mind that the price varies depending on which part of the UK you are in but the average costs would be about 3,000 / 4,500.


NOW LETS LOOK AT SOME OF THE VARIABLES THAT INFLUENCE COSTS

Location as in city or countryside. Cities and towns will usually involve parking fees during the installation. For example if the installation was in central London you will be paying out about 250 for parking and congestion charges.

Another variable that has a huge influence on the amount of time it takes to do the job is whether the property is occupied or empty, furnished or unfurnished. Imagine the difficulties in having to move the bedroom furniture, lift carpets and underlay and then cutting boards and running pipes in an occupied room. To be honest working in these condition is almost impossible and puts everybody under a lot of pressure to get everything reinstated by the end of the day.

As an example a decent plumber will get most of the radiators and pipework installed within a day on an empty unoccupied property whilst the same wrk is likely to take 3 or four days on an occupied property.

What about maintaining services such as gas and water during the installation? That’s another nightmare for the plumber if you have to ensure that services are restored at the end of every day.

So the moral of the tale is that it should be far cheaper to have a central heating installation on an empty property than an occupied one. Make sure you remember that when you are negotiating with plumbers.

The next big variable is the actual boiler. Not all boilers are equal and one brand can cost half the price of another. On top of that the plumbers get a 50% to 60% discount on list price so don’t them kid you on the cost of the boiler.

If you don’t specify a boiler for you heating installation you could end up with the cheapest boiler on the market that will possibly require replacing within a few years.

You should take advice on the boiler brands from third parties and do price checks so you know how much it costs. When you then get quotes ask how much they have allowed for the boiler so you can find out if your plumbers are trying to rip you off or not. You can always supply the boiler but its better if the plumber provides it as he then takes responsibility for the labour and the material during the guarantee period.

Another important aspect of a new installation is to ensure that all the pipework is concealed and not run on the surface of skirting. That said there will be at least one spot in the house that the radiator flow and return pipes go to the upper floors. Usually this pipewok get boxed in at the end of the job so you are left with no pipes exposed.

When it comes to the pipework below the ground floor make sure that the plumber has allowed for insulating all radiator pipework. This will ensure that your radiators heat up quicker and clearly cut down on heat loss.

Another point to watch here is radiator sizes. Some plumbers keep the sizes to a bare minimum to cut back on cots. They save 25 quid on the cost of a radiator and you end up with a room that you can never get warm enough.


HEATING & BOILER CONTROLS

Most combi boilers today either come with a built in time clock or the option to have one. It is always advisable to have a time clock to set the times for the heating to come on and off.

The only other control you requires is a thermostat and you can now get a radio controlled thermostat so you have little or no costs for running cables to the hallway or at whatever point you want to mount your thermostat.


WHAT ABOUT INSTALLATION COSTS FOR OTHER HEATING SYSTEMS?

Once you get away from the basic 3 bed terrace system then there are hundreds of different option for central heating systems and they all come wit different costs.

Some houses will have a loft conversion and two bathrooms so you then need to give a lot of consideration to the right type of system for that particular property. The final price will depend on quite a few variables but remember the basic outlines above to ensure that you get value for money and a decent heating system installed.

 


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