Last updated
27 Feb 2022

What type of central heating does this accommodation have?

How do I answer this question?

Select all that apply. This question is only about systems that generate heat for more than one room.

Include systems that are not working or unused.

Central heating is a system for warming a building by heating water or air in one place, then piping it to, for example, radiators or vents.

If you have a dual-fuel system, select all options that apply.

I have a central heating system but cannot afford to use it. Do I include it?

Yes, include it.

I choose not to use the central heating. Do I include it?

Yes, include it.

I use coal and/or wood to fuel my central heating system. Which option do I select?

Select either 'Wood or biomass (logs, pellets, chippings)' and/or 'Other solid fuel (coal, coke)'

I have underfloor or ceiling heating. Which option do I select?

Select the option for the fuel or power source that is used to heat the central heating system.

My central heating system uses solar power. Which option do I select?

Select 'Other renewable energy source (including electric and air heat pump systems)'.

I have coal/log fireplaces in some/all of my rooms. Do I include these in this question?

Stand-alone coal or log fireplaces do not count as central heating. The options relating to solid fuel should only be selected if it fuels a central heating system.

My central heating uses Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). Which option do I select?

Select 'Other gas (including liquid petroleum gas and biogas)'.

My central heating system uses bottled gas. Which option do I select?

Select 'Other gas (including liquid petroleum gas and biogas)'.

The flat I live in is part of a block of flats that is heated as a whole. Which option do I select?

Select 'District or communal heat system'.

My central heating system is broken. Do I include it?

If the central heating is temporarily out of order, include it. If it would not be possible to fix your central heating system select 'No central heating'.

Why is this question asked?

Understanding the availability of central heating is a useful indicator of housing standards and quality. It allows the Scottish Government to find out how many homes do not have central heating and provides information about deprivation and fuel poverty.

Information from this question gives an insight into types of fuels, dual-fuel systems and the uptake of energy-efficient systems across Scotland.

Who should answer this question?

The householder or joint householder should answer this question.

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