Central heating is a method of whole-home heating in which warm water circulates through a closed network of pipes, carrying heat around the home. These pipes can lead to radiators or they can be laid in the floor for underfloor heating. It is not uncommon to have a combination of both radiators and underfloor heating.
Central heating systems, in general, have four components:
– Heat source: generally a boiler or a heat pump located in an appropriate place in the building.
– Distribution: Insulated pipes that distribute warm water to the emitters.
– Emitters: Equipment used to release heat such as radiators.
– Control: A central control point that can be programmed and modified by the owner.
Why Central Heating
There are several reasons to choose central heating:
– It maintains an even temperature throughout an entire building and can be set to turn on and off at regular times of day, as the early mornings
– It is incredibly fuel efficient – the gas boilers burn at 98% efficiency, not only resulting in low CO2 emissions but also making it significantly cheaper to run than gas fires
– Radiators in different rooms can be set to individually desired temperatures, giving you control and flexibility
– The systems are very easy to use. Once set up, it looks after itself
– It is almost virtually silent
– Water-based central heating most certainly adds value to the property