Domestic Heating

Domestic Heating

There are four main types of domestic heating that Plumbing & Gas Works can advise and help you with when it comes to your new home build or alterations (sometimes called ‘retrofitting’).

We’ve detailed each of these four types of gas-fired domestic heating, to make it easier for you to choose which could be the best solution for your new home, or home alteration.  There are many things to consider when choosing a heating system, and we can help weigh up every option.

Ducted Central Heating

The air inside your home is heated by a gas furnace heat exchanger.  The warmed air is then delivered to the room in need, via flexible insulated ducting.  The exhaust gases from combustion are flued out of the home, so won’t cause condensation.

Bonaire is an excellent example of the type of ducted central heating system Plumbing & Gas Works could install when it comes to retrofitting or a new home system.

Hydronic Underfloor Heating

Dating back to almost the beginning of time – think Roman bath houses – hydronic (hydro meaning water) underfloor heating systems are one of the most cost-efficient ways of centrally heating your home.

Hydronic underfloor heating systems are for new home builds only and unfortunately, aren’t suitable for retrofitting.  This is a shame, because hydronic underfloor heating runs at a lower temperature than other forms of heating, so there are more options for your heat source, such as heat pumps and solar, making it cheaper to have a lovely toasty warm house than its electrical counterpart.

Hydronic underfloor central heating is a sensible choice because:

  • It’s super-energy-efficient: natural gas is cheaper than electricity when it comes to heating hot water;
  • Heat rises – therefore it makes sense to start warming your home from the ground up;
  • Concrete slabs produce radiant heat long after you turn off the source of the heat; this is why concrete block is used in energy-efficient homes – because it makes sense;
  • Heat only the rooms you need – hydrdonic underfloor central heaters can have room-by-room controls.
  • Low maintenance – nothing to dust or clean; no filters to take care of or remember to inspect.


Unlike days of old, radiators today can be design statements in your home.  Gone are the ugly one-colour only in-yer-face radiators that many people may remember from school days.  Today, radiators can be made in colours to suit your colour scheme.

Have you ever wondered why radiators are usually positioned under windows?  That’s because radiators work best at heating up space when positioned in the coldest part of a room.  It makes sense when you think about it – you want to heat up the space that has the biggest heat loss first (under a window) and then anywhere else on an external wall.

The heat then radiates throughout the room.  This heating system heats the objects in the room rather than the air, so when a door opens the heat doesn’t rush out the open door.  Further, radiators work very efficiently when a radiator is placed in every room in a house – including stairways and hallways.  In the UK, for example, an allowance of 25% of heat transference to the upstairs rooms is allowed for (heat rises, remember).  Radiators give you a great level of control. Each radiator can be controlled separately so you don’t have to heat areas that are not is use, and when unexpected guests (or teenagers) arrive they will quickly heat the space you need.

Space Heating

Gas space heating encompasses both LPG and Natural Gas (reticulated) and Solar.

There are many factors that need to be taken into account to determine the best solution for you and your family.  Mike Foote and Neil Warriner are experts in asking these questions to ensure every possible factor is considered when it comes to keeping you and your family toasty warm.

When it comes to heating your home it pays to call in the experts – We know how to take into account considerations like lifestyle, house design, resale and other family dynamics.  We can design a system that is ideal for you, but also keeping in mind the needs of the potential future owners.