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Turn up the HEAT

Choosing a new heating system can seem like a daunting task, but get it right and your home will be warm and cosy through autumn and winter, and you’ll save money on your energy bills. A modern boiler-fed heating system is typically built to last between 10 and 15 years, so if yours is in need of an upgrade you can replace key elements like-for-like, or overhaul the whole system to make it greener and more efficient.

Central heating only became commonplace from the 1950s; before that, houses relied on coal- or wood-fed stoves and fires. So if your home hasn’t previously been upgraded with central heating, then you need to consider what type of setup you want. Bear in mind that installing new plumbing is disruptive, but if you’re extending or renovating, then it is the ideal time to invest in a new system.


For increased comfort during all four seasons, it’s best to take a fabric-first approach, which means tackling draughts and improving insulation levels before upgrading the heating. Bear in mind that older buildings were designed to be able to ‘breathe’ so that they don’t trap moisture, which can create an unpleasant

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