What You Should Know before Installing an Oil or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Heating System

A highly-functional and efficient central heating system is vital for any home, as it contributes to your family’s overall comfort and even productivity every single day. Without a good central heating system, your comfort is compromised, and you may even end up paying more at the end of the month than you would want. But if you’re thinking of replacing your old central heating system with an entirely new one, what are your choices, particularly if you’re not connected to mains gas? You can either opt for an oil system or an LPG system, and both have their merits. Here’s what you should know before installing an oil or liquefied petroleum gas heating system.

How the systems work

An oil and LPG system work in much the same way as a standard gas boiler, with the fuel used for heating the water, and the heated water can then be used for heating the entire home through a central heating system or used as hot water from the taps. The only difference between oil and LPG systems and a standard gas system is storage. A standard gas system will supply your home with gas from the grid, whilst an oil or LPG system will make use of tanks or cylinders which are stored in your home, either underground or above-ground.

The difference between LPG and oil

Oil is a liquid which is then heated up to provide you with hot water and central heating, whilst LPG is originally a gas but with moderate pressure can be turned into and stored as a liquid. But what you should know is that LPG has a distinct advantage over oil in that it can also be used to fire up your hob and oven, whereas the use of oil is only limited to your boiler. The boiler is actually quite similar, although there are some major differences when it comes to operational costs, maintenance, and fuel charges for both LPG and oil.

Whilst LPG can be considered a bit more expensive than oil to use (oil is about 6p per kW unit, whilst LPG is at around 6.5p per kW unit), an LPG boiler and heating system is less expensive and difficult to install than an oil system. Furthermore, LPG systems require little maintenance compared to oil heating systems, which have to be regularly checked and monitored, particularly in regard to the level of oil left in the tank or cylinder. With an LPG system, you don’t have to worry about monitoring, because there are now more advanced systems which automatically monitor the LPG level and notify suppliers when the supply needs to be replenished.

There are other expenses associated with both types of heating systems; suppliers will often charge a fee for the maintenance of the tanks, but some suppliers can also provide you with free tank installation.

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