Central Heating

What did the Romans ever do for us? Well, they gave us Central Heating for a start. The basic concept has barely changed over the course of 2,000 years. Heat is created at a central point and sent to heat the rooms.

The heat is generated at a central point (in the UK this is usually by burning fossil fuels like gas and oil) and then distributed via pipes in the form of either water or steam. In North America the system differs slightly, with air being heated and then circulated via air conditioning vents.


Recipe for Water Central Heating


  • 1 Gas Supply
  • 1 Boiler
  • 1 Pump
  • Radiators (to taste)

Take the gas supply, which will either be fed down a gas-pipe from your supplier or stored in a propane tank. You can also use oil for this dish, which will be stored in a tank somewhere in your house.

Heat the water in your tank, using either the gas or the oil, to roughly 150 degrees centigrade. Using the pump, circulate the heated water from the boiler into the closed system. When nice and warm, distribute evenly around the home through the radiators provided. Finally, serve the heat from the radiators.

Recipe for Electrical Central Heating

For this popular North American dish, you will need:

  • 4-7 Fan Coils (for a normal sized home)
  • 1 Central Air Conditioning Unit
  • Pipe-lines
  • Ventilations Points (to taste)

Turn on the electrical power to the Fan Coils. They will soon heat up and give off heat. Using the blowers in the Air Conditioning Unit, blow air across the heated coils. Now transfer that heated air to the various pipe-lines. Evenly distribute the heated air around the home and serve from the Ventilation Points.

How do I choose?

From an environmental perspective, a water-heating system wins out over an electrical one, as much less energy is needed. Most of the electricity that comes into the home for Electrical Heating Systems has been generated by burning fossil fuels like gas and oil. A great deal of energy will already have been wasted during generation at the power station. So in many ways it makes sense to cut out the middle man and use gas or oil for your heating. Better still, there are heat-generation systems available which harness solar or wind power.

Boiler/Heating Insurance

If you would like the security of having your boiler and central heating maintained regularly and the peace of mind that someone will come out carry out repairs if it breaks down then you might want to consider insurance.

Your own gas supplier may offer this but you are also able to take out cover from another supplier if it suits you better. Some covers can include not only your heating but a complete package which covers your plumbing and electrics too.

If your system is old or you are not confident that you would be able to resolve a possible problem yourself, it may be worth considering this option.