In the current cost of living crisis, we are seeing huge demand for home improvements that significantly cut heating bills and add value to people’s homes. In our recent guides Replacing Your Existing Oil Boiler Can Save Over £20,000 and Replacing Your Boiler is the Most Profitable Home Improvement we show that replacing your old oil boiler can pay back within months while adding significantly to your home’s value. In this guide, we show that replacing ageing radiators can also add to your home’s value while reducing your heating bills.
Home improvements can be a fantastic way to increase property value, but only if you invest in the right things. In the current cost of living crisis, measures that help to reduce heating bills are not surprisingly the most valued by prospective purchasers.
In 2021, furniture retailer ScS partnered with webuyanyhouse.co.uk to provide a guide on the home improvements that add the most value to a property. Taking top spot was replacing radiators, adding up to £10,000 to a house’s value at the time. According to ScS and webuyanyhouse.co.uk, the heating system is one of the most important parts of any property and upgrading radiators can ensure they emit enough heat to keep rooms warm, as well as improving appearance. With current energy prices, the benefits from new radiators will be even more valued than they were in 2021.
Running ageing radiators has three major disadvantages:
- the highest energy efficiency of old radiators is much lower than modern designs
- old radiators experience rusting and sludge, substantially reducing energy efficiency as they age
- ageing radiators cannot match the aesthetics and sleekness of new designs.
Radiators have improved hugely over the last 20 years in terms of heating performance and energy efficiency, with major advances in regulations such as EN442, ISO 14001 and IS0 9001. Modern radiators are much more energy efficient, with increased surface area and improved convention fins.
Over time, the performance of older radiators deteriorates due to rusting and sludge. Sludge can block the valves of radiators and even block the pipes themselves, making them much less efficient. Sludge can limit the flow of water around radiators, causing cold spots. Typically, new radiators double the heating efficiency of ageing radiators. This results in substantial reductions to heating bills.
For some households, perhaps the biggest motivation for replacing old radiators is to replace old-fashioned, rusting radiators with sleek, aesthetically pleasing modern models. Radiator design has seen incredible changes over the last few years, with a huge range of stylish models now available.
We supply and install new and replacement radiators in homes across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. We install energy-efficient thermostatic valves at no extra cost.
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