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First Time Central Heating

If you currently live in a property that does not have a central heating system, you will be paying more to heat your home than a property with a central heating system.

Below are some examples of properties that would be considered to have no central heating system present.

  • Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters and inefficient electric storage heaters

  • Gas room heaters

  • Gas fire with back boiler

  • Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler

  • Direct electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not connected to an electric boiler)

  • Bottled LPG room heating

  • Solid fossil fuel room heaters

  • Wood/biomass room heating

  • Oil room heater

  • No heating at all

With the push towards renewable heating, it may become more difficult in the future to have a gas supply fitted at your property. It is certainly the case with heating grants as if you want gas central heating, you must live in a property that has an existing gas supply and meter that has never had central heating installed. 

The following may be installed as FTCH:

  • Gas Boiler

  • ​Biomass Boiler​

  • Air Source Heat Pump

  • Ground Source Heat Pump

Bill savings and things to be aware of:

  • The exact savings depend on what the pre-main heating system was and what has now been installed. This makes it difficult to give a fair bill saving.

  • All properties must have loft or room in roof insulation and cavity or solid wall insulation (if able to be installed) either already present or installed before Gas First Time Central Heating is completed to access ECO4 funding for First Time Central Heating.

Grant funding is available that can cover the full cost of installation (qualifying criteria apply).

To check if you are eligible under the ECO4 scheme, please click the button below and complete the online form. 

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