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Replacing hot air system with GCH- any experience?

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newjobnewstartihope · 06/06/2023 22:40

I am looking at a house that ticks most boxes expect having an ancient warm air heating system . Before we decide whether it's feasible or not financially was wondering if anyone has had any experience of changing to a central heating system and how much it would cost?
Thanks in advance

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newjobnewstartihope · 07/06/2023 15:11

Anyone?

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TeenagersAngst · 07/06/2023 15:14

Gas boilers are not long for our world. New homes being built after 2025 will not be allowed to have one. Would make me think twice about installing GCH now.

TeenagersAngst · 07/06/2023 15:15

Actually, check what I've said - maybe legislation is being put forward on that basis, and it's not already a done deal. But either way, Net Zero and gas boilers do not a happy partnership make (not saying I agree, just that's what's being reported).

25sheets · 07/06/2023 15:17

We did as a whole house renovation so I can't give you a cost. Some of our neighbours still have the hot air heating (and like it). Some have upgraded their hot air heating to a new hot air system.

newjobnewstartihope · 07/06/2023 16:49

25sheets · 07/06/2023 15:17

We did as a whole house renovation so I can't give you a cost. Some of our neighbours still have the hot air heating (and like it). Some have upgraded their hot air heating to a new hot air system.

That's also a possibility it seems like it's got some advantages

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kittykarate · 07/06/2023 16:55

My parents still have their hot air heating system - they love it. The main problem is that there are fewer and fewer engineers who can maintain them. They probably will not remove it unless they get 'stuck' where there are no replacement systems due to the death of gas boilers.

My great aunt changed to a traditional gas boiler / radiator system (lives on the same estate) - she was less happy about it afterwards, the hot air system is great for feeling warm fast.

kittykarate · 07/06/2023 16:56

When you're a kid there's no greater fun on a winter day standing on the vent (most were in the walls, but we had one in the floor) and letting the warm air billow up your dressing gown. Toasty!

DRS1970 · 07/06/2023 17:02

I can't advise on cost. But if you are going to the trouble to rip out the existing system, I wouldn't bother replacing it with a gas system. As previous posters have said, gas is on the way out. You would be far better off installing a ground or air source heat pump system, and solar. That would be far more future proof then a gas system.

newjobnewstartihope · 09/06/2023 23:09

kittykarate · 07/06/2023 16:56

When you're a kid there's no greater fun on a winter day standing on the vent (most were in the walls, but we had one in the floor) and letting the warm air billow up your dressing gown. Toasty!

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deplorabelle · 09/06/2023 23:44

Agree go for a heat pump (air source is most practical for most people). You could even look at having it installed as an air to air system and that way the heat pump could drive cold air through it in summer to give you aircon.

25sheets · 10/06/2023 12:39

Does anyone have any personal experience of how efficient the heat pumps are? I haven't heard great things about them tbh but don't know anyone who has one.

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