Electric Boilers/Central Heating - help !!!!!

29 May 2007
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I have a 2 up 2 down house and am hoping to fit a central heating system. I saw an electric boiler from B&Q which will fit the kitchen (6kw) and they are doing a special deal with 7 radiators and most of the bits to install.

I only want to run the radiators and installing a electric system would be easier than a gas system (bar getting a pro to certify the electric hook up when i have done the work)....

Is there anyone who could recommend an electric boiler or knows about the pros-cons of doing this versus using or installing a gas central heating system. Also are they more expensive to run versus gas etc...any help from the specialists and pros on here would be really appreicated...


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They work ok but cost one hell of a lot to run. How much do you pay for your electric? about 14-16p/Kwh? This equates to around 90p/hr running costs on daytime/evening rate electric. If you're going to fit one of these buy shares in your electric supply company first :eek:
Thanks Dave.

I suspected they may be a bit pricey to run... and at 90p per hour that sounds pretty high. What would gas cost for the equivalent ?, anyway It looks like a gas boiler is the answer... its a shame that most of the models I have seen (at B&Q) are the size of a small planet... does anyone know of an ultra slim and ultra small boiler that can run 6 radiators (35,ooo CTU+) ?


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The Vaillants I fit are 720H x 440W x 320D. Although I have never fitted them the Broag boilers are smaller than this and appear to have a very good reputation.

The Avanta Plus open vent heat only boiler is 600H x 400W x 290D. I don't think you will get much smaller than this, especially with the reliabilty factor.

The Combi version is 670H x 400W x 300D.

If I didn't fit Vaillant I think I would fit these! In fact I might even look into this :eek:

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