Nowadays most UK homes have central heating systems. With the long cold winters, most homes rely heavily on it to keep warm and comfortable. However, with changing technologies and costs of resources, what was efficient and economical 40 years ago is now old and inefficient – coal and oil fast becoming a thing of the past due to the high cost of running them. Today electric and gas central heating are the most popular choices. Whichever you choose, you are going to need a plumber with a wide range of services on offer.
Where to start?
Using a local plumber has lots of advantages. One of the most important and first on the list is checking out their reputation. Because they are local getting first hand opinions is much easier. This is a definite advantage. Distance is like looking in the mirror, the further away you go the more distorted and unclear things can become – Recommendations and reviews can equally become distorted (a kind of Chinese whispers!). Start by asking locally. Getting first-hand information from people who’ve worked with the plumber or company. This way you can get a good idea of their work ethics and attitude towards customer care.
Are they Up to the Job?
Installing a full central heating system is not like unblocking a toilet or fixing a leaky tap. For this job you are going to need a fully experienced and qualified plumber. Once you have a good idea of the most reputable plumbers in your area give them a call. Ask their experience in this field and if they seem confident they can do the job ask them to come out and quote. Any quote given over the phone should be taken with a pinch of salt really – Although it may give you a very vague idea you have no real knowledge with regards to what is included.
Call Backs – Help Always at Hand
You might be considering fixing an older system. This can be a false economy in the long run. A professional plumber will be able to advise on the options. Sometimes replacement will save money in the long term and newer systems tend to be more economical because they are more efficient. If you opt for a local plumber, you can feel comfortable that if anything does go wrong in the future they are close to hand – Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace.
If you are building a new home or renovating an older building central heating will be high on your list of “essentials”. This is no small task and while you might be quite handy on the DIY front getting in a plumber is going to save you a lot of stress. Opting for a faraway company can be frustrating and tricky if you need help fast. It is much easier to communicate with a local builder and over time this can really bring a sense of peace – You know they are going to be there when you need them and most of all you TRUST them in the work they do as well as the prices they quote.