Some properties do not have a gas connection, which prevents homeowners from installing a standard boiler and piped central heating system, so many customers instead opt for an electric heating system. Historically these usually consisted of a system of storage heaters, but these have fallen out of favour due to their bulk and excessive use of energy. Consequently, this has led to a boom the market for the electric radiator, providing a more efficient option for heating your home.
Electric radiators are 100% efficient
Gas heating systems are piped, meaning that they waste a lot of heat energy during the movement of the hot water from the boiler to each radiator. Electric radiators just heat the specific space they are designed to, meaning the heat is particularly targeted, reducing waste and thus saving money.
Heat your home on demand
Electric radiators only need to be on when and where you need them to be. This ensures that no energy is wasted. Storage heaters, on the other hand, waste a lot of energy heating up throughout the night whether you need all that heat or not. Modern electric radiators come with temperature controls and can be upgraded to add timers or even WiFi control via an app on your phone. This easy programming ensures that energy usage is minimised.
Quick and easy installation
Many homeowners are concerned about the initial installation cost of electrical heating systems, but electric radiators are cheaper and easy to install than a gas piped system and boiler. There is a huge saving in the initial set-up and installation costs. A responsible, DIYer may even be able to do it themselves as there is no need for complex tools or an electrician. Following a step-by-step guide will ensure that the heater is installed and programmed correctly for optimum heating efficiency.
As electric radiators are not connected by pipes, this offers a lot more flexibility for positioning of radiators and moving them around. This is because they can be disconnected and moved to another position at a later date if you are reconfiguring a space, without the need to adjust pipework, pull up floors or damage walls. Floor-standing electric cast iron radiators are on feet, so may not even need a wall bracket, although they can be heavy to move around.
Electric heating systems give you better control over your home’s heating. For example, you can set different temperatures for each room in your house or set the heater to turn on and off automatically on the radiator itself, on a room thermostat or even via an app on your device. Many homeowners find the ability to manage the degrees with utmost precision and simplicity attractive as it saves money while maintaining the perfect temperatures in all rooms. You can also upgrade radiators to add a timer, which you can programme to suit your lifestyle.
No maintenance required
Traditional heating attracts high maintenance costs. Regular certifications, services and checks mean homeowners must constantly schedule maintenance and stay updated on the associated costs for the heaters to run smoothly. But with an electric heater, you’ll not be required to maintain plumbing equipment or a boiler. You’ll also save hefty charges for services and checks often performed by engineers. Instead, your heater will have a warranty and be easily repairable or replaceable in the event of any problems.
Fossil fuels such as coal and gas are becoming scarce and people are moving towards using renewable energy sources for heating their homes. An electric heating system runs on electricity from our power stations, which run on fossil-fuel power or increasingly power from renewables such as wind. This means that electricity is becoming less dependent on limited, non-renewable energy sources. Also, there are now plenty of eco-friendly heaters and radiators available on the market that are manufactured from 100% recycled materials such as aluminium.
Electric radiators come in a huge range of sizes, shapes and designs. From ultra-thin, light-weight, vertical heaters to traditional, old school cast iron models. Some are designed to be discreet, whilst others make a real statement. Versatile models come in a wide range of sizes for use around the house. If you prefer a more traditional style to fit your interior design, then there are plenty of options available for homeowners such as steel column radiators or electric cast iron designs.
Millions of homeowners are satisfied with their electric radiators as they can enjoy 100% efficiency by only paying for the energy they actually need. Technology has come a long way since the inception of traditional central heating radiators in the 19th century. Modern