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What central heating? The burning question

July 7, 2010

We’re meeting the architect tomorrow to go through final costs. And the builder starts next week. But still no word on planning. And 6 months after buying the house not so much as a cobweb has been moved.


I’m currently thinking about heating for the house (just the thing I want to be doing in this near-heatwave). Here’s where I’m at:

  • The house is too small to have precious wall space taken up by ugly radiators.
  • Radiator covers are ridiculous as they just stop the heat getting out
  • Under floor heating is a budget buster – but is it worth it? Does it really work?
  • What about that skirting board heating I saw in a magazine and now can’t bloody find.

Any suggestions for the best heating solutions in a small house with a small wallet, much appreciated!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2010 5:57 pm

    Unfashionable and take up wallspace but having lived in a cottage for 20 years – night storage heaters on a green tarriff plus a woodburner with back boiler and now solar water for summer. Low/no cost to maintain, fairly green, no oil to run out of. Plus you can cook on the fire if the power fails.

  2. July 7, 2010 7:30 pm

    I would seriously consider the underfloor heating, rads always get in the way of something

    When we did our cellar (which, admittedly was not a very happy story) they said the cost difference was not huge between Rads and underfloor: Just make sure you get a boiler that can deal with it, and don’t forget you will need a huge space for the zone controls: which need serious thought
    Do not, under any budgetary circumstance go for electric underfloor heating: this is tile warming at huge expense, and does not heat a room…

    If you do go for rads: stating the obvious but: not on external walls or under windows (where they always seem to be)

    Like the skirting board idea – but are these the under-plinth heaters for kitchens?

    Good luck!

  3. July 18, 2010 7:46 am

    Hi Emma, I noticed your comment about skirting heating and would like to apologise if you’ve had difficulty finding a supply source – we’ve recently had to change our distribution arrangements and are at last about to “go public” again. There are several makes of skirting heating on the market but the most powerful of the compact types, i.e. those that closest match the height and width of standard skirting board, is Climaboard – which I have the honour to represent in the UK. Because of its high power to length ratio (over 200W/meter at 60 degrees C), it can be used in most domestic situations such as in energy-efficient lower temperature systems such as with heat pumps or evacuated vacuum solar tubes, as well as with gas or oil boilers.

    Apart from being very good looking and only 140 x 30mm in section, Climaboard is very efficient and highly responsive. As it is based on standard 15mm copper piping, it is relatively easy to install for an experienced plumber, heating engineer or competent DIYer .
    If you’d like to know more, check out the website at or contact me by email.

    • Emma Drew permalink*
      July 25, 2010 4:55 pm

      Thanks Bob, I’m going to look in to this. Very helpful information indeed!

  4. July 26, 2010 7:03 am

    Thanks Emma, let me know if you need any more information.

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