LPG boilers are an option if your property is not connected to the mains gas supply, you could go for an oil boiler but LPG is a much greener and cleaner option for the environment.
So how do LPG boilers work?
LPG boilers work exactly the same as natural gas boilers, the only difference is the gas, natural gas boilers work on 20mb pressure whereas LPG boilers work at 37mb pressure. Most boiler manufactories produce LPG boilers or have a kit to convert their boilers over to LPG. The kit normally consists of a set of gas jets for the burners and a label that has to be fixed to the boiler explaining that the boiler has been converted to LPG.
If you live in an area where natural gas is not yet connected but would like gas central heating then LPG is the best option. With LPG you have the option of having a tank fitted in your garden either above or below ground for the storing of the gas, or if that is not an option then you can have storage cylinders fitted instead. With the cylinders you can either have 2 or 4 cylinders fitted it will depend on the gas demand from your appliances.
How to get LPG installed
If you are interested in having an LPG boiler fitted then you need to contact your local gas safe registered boiler engineer who can advise you on what’s best for you and your property. He will be able to advise you on what type of gas storage is best for you.
How to find a gas safe registered engineer
The first thing you should do is visit the gas safe register online, you can search on google or any of the other search engines. You will need to enter your details and you will be given the details of 3 local engineers that you can contact. The most important thing here is you will need to make sure you state you need an LPG registered engineer and not natural gas.
When you have made contact with your local engineer and made an appointment for them to visit your property ask them to make sure they have their gas safe card with them when the arrive.
When they arrive at your property take a look at the gas safe card, read the details on the front and check the picture on the front is the same as the person who presented the card to you. Next, turn the card over and check the details, you will see everything that the engineer is registered to work on, the main things you are looking for are LPG and LPG boilers, if they are present on the card then all is ok, If they don’t have LPG on the card then they cannot carry out the work and you should ask them to leave.
It’s very important to make sure they are registered for LPG boilers, If someone works on LPG and they are only registered for natural gas then they are breaking the law.
Now that you have established that your engineer is registered for LPG boilers ask him his advise on what type of gas storage is best for you, either cylinders or a tank, once you have that sorted you can then move on to what type of boiler is best suited for your property.
All new boilers including LPG boilers have to be high efficiency condensing boilers to comply with the local council regulations.
LPG Gas is an alternative if you would like to have gas central heating, you can also have your cooking appliances converted to LPG. The only difference is you store your own gas in a tank or cylinders.