LPG and Oil boilers work in a similar way to gas boilers, however, they use fuel stored on site rather than sources from the grid, and are more expensive to run. All fuels heat the water in the boiler which are used for heating the home andhot water.
LPT can be used for the oven and hob as well as a gas fire, which is an advantage over oil boilers. Both LPG and oil boilers are considered easy to maintain and require little upkeep, however it is advisable to seek specialist support from a Gas Safe heating engineer before you make a decision about a change of boiler, or if you experience any difficulty with these systems.
While most people favour gas-fired systems for heating and hot water, there are millions of households in the UK that use an oil alternative. Often this is because they live in areas – usually more rural locations – that do not have a gas supply because they are too far away from the supply network to be connected.
Oil-fired systems should not be classed as inferior or second-best as they are just as efficient as their gas-fired counterparts.
The main difference is that with oil-fired systems the fuel has to be delivered by lorry and stored at the property in a tank.
To get the optimum performance and value from oil-fired systems, the type of control devices that would be used on a gas-fired ones should also be installed – room thermostats, programmers/timers and thermostatic radiator valves
Also, like gas boilers, oil-fired ones should be serviced on an annual basis to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently.
There are disadvantages with oil-fired systems, the mains ones being that there has to be space within the environs of a property to site a large storage tank and, as mentioned before, oil can be an expensive source of fuel.