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Cosy Winter Homes are made in Summer

Cosy Winter Homes are made in Summer

24 August 2017

With the August bank holiday providing the perfect opportunity to finish off those last minute DIY jobs around the house, many homeowners will use the time to get their house winter ready.

From improving energy efficiency, adding insulation or upgrading the home heating system, the end of summer signals the switch from cool to cosy in the home.

If you’re wondering how best to get your home winter ready, Jonathan Martindale, Director of Sales and Marketing at Phoenix Natural Gas explains why so many homeowners are choosing to ‘switch on to cosy’ this summer…

“With natural gas available to over 300,000 homes in Greater Belfast, it’s little wonder that natural gas has become the fuel of choice for homeowners. Over 90% of recently connected customers recently consistently say they would recommend natural gas to a friend, with many stating it as the ultimate home improvement.”

“Central heating is the lifeblood of any home and this time of year we see a real increase in demand for connection to the natural gas network, before the dark nights start to creep in and temperatures start to drop.”

“Since arriving in Northern Ireland over 20 years ago, natural gas has transformed how we heat our homes and has become an integral part of our lifestyle.”

“The convenience of a constant supply of heating and a supply that won’t run out when you need it most continues to be the main reason customers make the switch to natural gas. The advantage of having instant hot water for busy households, or for those all-important long winter baths, is also something customers enjoy and say is a main driver for upgrading their central heating system.”

“With highly efficient heat, constant hot water, and a limitless supply at our fingertips, natural gas really is the best way to make a home more comfortable this winter.”

“For ultimate controllability, new smart control systems allow homeowners to programme both the central heating and hot water using a smart phone or tablet and a handy usage tracker helps customers have greater control over home heating bills.”

“From a lifestyle perspective, the additional space created by installing natural gas offers real scope for home improvement – and it’s different for every customer. Some homeowners opt to install a natural gas fire as the centre piece of their living room, or some use the additional bathroom space to fit a new shower or add an en suite where their redundant copper cylinder used to be. Some customers have even told us that they now have patio parties where their old oil tank used to be, utilising their outdoor space and making the garden a real focus.”

“Whatever your reason for switching, customers can take added assurance from the fact that they are installing a highly efficient and versatile heating system. A brand new 'A' rated natural gas boiler is over 90% efficient compared to around only 60% for an older boiler over 15 years old, improving your home’s overall efficiency and offering cheaper running costs.”

“Some customers also take the opportunity to convert their appliances to natural gas which, thanks to its versatility, opens up a world of opportunity for a modern, efficient and high performing home.”

“We have found that increasingly new homeowners moving into a property without natural gas heating make this their first home improvement. This is often because they have either experienced the benefits of natural gas for themselves in previous properties, or they have spoken to friends or family members who have recommended installing natural gas.”

“For home improvers or renovators, the added benefit of quick and easy installation process makes upgrading to natural gas an obvious choice. Typically, the installation process takes less than two days to complete and does not affect the core components of the property’s existing heating system, such as radiators, which remain in place.”

“Whether you’re buying, renovating or modernising your home before winter, remember that few other home improvements will provide such comfort or increase efficiency in your home as natural gas. For the ultimate home improvement, there really is no better time to upgrade to natural gas and switch on to cosy.”

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