I'm here to ask for advice about heating. Our gas back-boiler system died with a spectacular bang recently, and we have a couple of estimates for replacement. One estimate was firmly for Combi, the other firmly for a wall-mounted boiler feeding our trad system. I think I favour trad, wife and son think Combi as it sounds newer and might sound that to a future purchaser of the house. So the central heating part will have to be one of the types of gas installation and we will fight that out, but I've been getting really confused about whether to replace the fire part with a gas or electric unit. It needs a quick decision because of chimney liners etc. As an aside, I'm not really sure that I understand why the not-all-that-old chimney liner for the back boiler system can't be re-used for a new gas fire and would have to be replaced.
The requirement for the fire is that it should produce efficient radiant heat to please the daughter or whoever else wants to lie on the rug in front of it. General circulating air type heat will be from the central heating radiators. All the info on the web I've looked at seems very vague about real efficiency, and a lot of the 'efficient' fires seem to get the name from their heat exchange convection features.
The British Gas estimator seemed to be saying that electric was the more cost effective type of fire after the fuel price rises. We looked at fires in B & Q today, but got totally depressed at the fake flame effects and general cheap and phoney look of the offerings. This also applied to their selection of gas fires.
I'm not particularly bothered about which supplier of gas or electricity is the cheapest, as any decision about that can come later.
Any advice about cost-effectiveness for a system? Are there any really useful websites or other sources of info?
Sorry to be so long winded (lots of hot air) in my first post here.