What is first time central heating?

With autumn approaching and energy prices increasing, it’s important to consider how you will heat your home this winter.

If your property is heated by inefficient gas room heaters, electric room heaters or electric storage heaters then you may be spending extra money on your heating bills which could be reduced by installing a central heating system.

First Time Central Heating involves replacing existing heaters with a new central heating system which is powered by either an efficient gas boiler or a renewable form of energy such as an air source heat pump.

Did you know that you could qualify for funding towards the cost of first time central heating if you are in receipt of certain benefits?   

Learn more about first time central heating and find out if you could qualify for funding for the installation of a new central heating system:

Benefits that qualify for funding

There are grants under the government’s ECO4 scheme and LA Flex programme for people who either own their home or rent their property from a private landlord and are in receipt of certain benefits.

If you receive any of the following benefits, you may qualify for funding towards first time central heating:

  • Child Benefit (conditions apply)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

There may be additional circumstances that allow you to qualify for funding under LA Flex, but they differ for each local authority. The team at Arktek will be able to advise if you qualify via this route – contact us to discuss your options.

Is my home eligible for first time central heating funding?

Your property could qualify for funding if your home is currently heated using one or more of the following methods:

  • Electric room heaters
  • Gas room heaters
  • Electric storage heaters (inefficient or broken)

You can find out which type of heating system is in your home by looking up the ‘Main Heating’ source on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home.

Your property must not already have a central heating system installed or have had a central heating system removed. It must also have been connected to the gas network before 1st April 2022 to qualify for a gas appliance to be installed.

If you do meet the eligibility requirements, you could have either a mains gas boiler or air source heat pump installed under the grant. All central heating system installs will also include radiators, pipework, and heating controls.

Get in touch with our team of Gas Safe engineers who can advise on your eligibility for funding and can arrange for installation of first time central heating in your home.

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