I'm just looking for general advice as to what's out there and rough costings re: installing from scratch an oil/LPG/wood-burning boiler system for general domestic heating and hot water requirements.
My mother's house is a 40 years old, ex-council, 3 bed semi-detatched. When it worked the house was heated by a solid fuel Stanley range in the kitchen that heated water in the back boiler which did the bathrooms, rads etc. My mom has been ill and left minor repairs go and last winter's freeze finished everything off.
She can't set fires because the chimney is blocked. Apparently in the chimney lining (terracotta pot-like things that are stacked/balanced loosely on top of each other) one of the pots has broken about two thirds of the way up the chimney and fallen in, blocking chimney and dislodging everything above it. Would need to call in builders to rectify by going in through one of the bedroom walls (big job).
And during the Christmas freeze pipes froze in the attic - mess. I've gotten her wall cavity and new attic insulation in preparation for next winter. So the time has come to install a decent heating/hot water system. My mother is getting on in years so the main aim would be ease of use and maintenance and of course cost efficiency.
We're in Kerry so not on the Natural Gas Network. As I know absolutely nothing about these kinds of things I'm just looking for general advice as to what's out there and rough costings re: installing from scratch an oil/LPG/wood-burning boiler system for general domestic heating and hot water requirements. She lives alone so she would have pretty basic heating/hot water requirements.
Or do people think it might be more cost effective to spend on builders repairing the chimney and get the 20 year old Stanley range re-conditioned or replaced?
Lost in a fog here. Any advice/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.