Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Mickyjd
    • By Mickyjd 10th Feb 18, 9:15 PM
    • 3Posts
    • 0Thanks
    Mickyjd
    Heating
    • #1
    • 10th Feb 18, 9:15 PM
    Heating 10th Feb 18 at 9:15 PM
    Hi all, I'm buying a house that has old storage heaters , it has 2 in living room one at bottom of stairs one at top and one in each bedroom (2) , would I be better getting connected to gas mains and installing gch while the house is empty or just carryon till heaters break down etc?
Page 1
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
    • 7,769 Posts
    • 8,470 Thanks
    Owain Moneysaver
    • #2
    • 10th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
    • #2
    • 10th Feb 18, 9:43 PM
    If you can afford to get gas heating fitted it would be better to do it when the house is unoccupied (but make sure the house is secure - boilers and pipe are prime theft targets from empty houses).

    If you can't afford the whole job you could consider getting all the underfloor radiator pipes put in, capped off and air pressure tested now, for the boiler and rads to be fitted later.

    While the ground floor is up put in underfloor insulation, insulate the loft, and consider cavity wall insulation if the house doesn't have it.

    Your storage heaters could still be working in 20 years time.

    There may be grants to help with the cost of gas connection and insulation, but they usually require you to have owned the house for a year before applying. Try the Energy Saving Trust website.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • J B
    • By J B 11th Feb 18, 11:06 AM
    • 2,564 Posts
    • 856 Thanks
    J B
    • #3
    • 11th Feb 18, 11:06 AM
    • #3
    • 11th Feb 18, 11:06 AM
    ......... would I be better getting connected to gas mains and installing gch while the house is empty or just carryon till heaters break down etc?
    Originally posted by Mickyjd
    Better in what way?

    Financially you would of course be better to do nothing!!

    Comfort wise? Depends on your lifestyle.

    It would probably add value to your house.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 11th Feb 18, 12:43 PM
    • 7,769 Posts
    • 8,470 Thanks
    Owain Moneysaver
    • #4
    • 11th Feb 18, 12:43 PM
    • #4
    • 11th Feb 18, 12:43 PM
    Financially you would of course be better to do nothing!!
    Originally posted by J B
    Not necessarily. Adding gas central heating is one improvement that is likely to add value to the house above what it costs, and is likely to give lower running costs than electricity.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • Mickyjd
    • By Mickyjd 11th Feb 18, 12:57 PM
    • 3 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    Mickyjd
    • #5
    • 11th Feb 18, 12:57 PM
    • #5
    • 11th Feb 18, 12:57 PM
    I'm still in 2 minds what to do, also has an immerser boiler behind the chimney breast in living room, could do without the cost of getting gch, I'm also only home 2days a week at moment.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 11th Feb 18, 5:57 PM
    • 2,959 Posts
    • 1,833 Thanks
    Ectophile
    • #6
    • 11th Feb 18, 5:57 PM
    • #6
    • 11th Feb 18, 5:57 PM
    Have you found out how much it would cost to have gas connected yet? That figure might just answer your question for you.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
    • Mickyjd
    • By Mickyjd 11th Feb 18, 7:56 PM
    • 3 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    Mickyjd
    • #7
    • 11th Feb 18, 7:56 PM
    • #7
    • 11th Feb 18, 7:56 PM
    Going to phone the morra, there's gas outside house so hoping not too expensive.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

171Posts Today

1,624Users online

Martin's Twitter