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February 28 2021

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill Going Into 2021

Remember the days when we all left home for school or the workplace? A time when we  could turn the thermostat down for the majority of the day, programming it to boost the heat when we get home? Well, lockdown restrictions and a brutal winter have put paid to that. With the majority of people working from home, heating costs are set to spiral for the first quarter of 2021. Given that large proportions of household budgets are spent on energy, and that heating and hot water account for almost half of your energy bills, it’s an obvious place to look to make savings. 

So how can you save money on your heating bills and trim back on your monthly outgoings? Here are our top five tips:

1. Turn down your thermostat

Did you know that by turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree Centigrade, you could save up to £80 per year? If this makes your main living room a bit too chilly, then you can invest in portable electric heaters. That way, you can boost the heat in the rooms you live in, without having to turn up the temperature in the whole of your home, wasting it in empty rooms. 

2. Invest in a new boiler or switch to all-electric

Upgrading to a new A-rated condensing boiler from a G-rated unit could offer savings of up to £300 a year. However, a new boiler is expensive – costs range from £1,250 to nearly £4,000. Moreover, given the government’s stance on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels, this may not be the best investment for your property. Electric radiators, underfloor heating and ground- and air-source heat pumps are gaining in popularity. Using energy from renewable and sustainable sources is the way of the future. Indeed, climate change experts are pushing for a total ban on the sale of gas boilers from 2033, so these alternative heating solutions are a better long-term solution for homeowners.

3. Install a smart thermostat 

Whether you have a gas boiler or electric heating system, there are many smart thermostats on the market. This smart tech allows you to check the temperature of your home on your smartphone or tablet, allowing not only monitoring but also programming from wherever you are, even from halfway around the world! By adapting to changes in your schedule, you’ll only be heating your home – and individual rooms within your homes – exactly when you need the heat. This will help lower your energy bills, so it’s definitely the smart move for homeowners. Smart thermostats can be fitted to most central heating systems, and there are several excellent models available. Here are some of the best thermostats on the market today:

  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
  • Hive Active Heating 2
  • Tado Smart Thermostat V3
  • Google Nest Thermostat E
  • Honeywell Evohome
  • Drayton Wiser Multi-Zone Smart Thermostat

Each model comes with different features and price points. Some useful additional features to look out for include: smart radiator valves, energy saving calculators, open window detection and geofencing. (Geofencing is where the smart thermostat can detect your location, automatically turning down the heating when you leave the home, and dialling it up as you approach your home.)

1. Switch energy suppliers

At one time, changing energy suppliers was quite complicated. However, it’s now very straightforward. With tariffs constantly fluctuating, you should always be on the lookout for a better rate, if your fixed tariff is due to expire. 

This is especially true if you’re already out of contract. This is the term used for when your energy tariff has expired and you’ve moved onto a standard variable tariff. Although standard – or default – tariffs are capped, they’re always more expensive than the energy deals on the market. Indeed, you could save up to £219 per year on your energy bills simply by moving from a standard tariff to a cheaper supplier and deal. The energy regulator Ofgem estimates that 11 million households are on these standard tariffs, as people forget or don’t want the hassle of changing suppliers. But clearly there are big savings to be made here.

2. Draught-proof the property

Big annual savings can be accrued by sealing and draught-proofing your property. Measures include:

  • Seal up any gaps – areas to consider here include windows, doors, fireplaces, and loft hatches. Windows can be sealed using draught-proofing strips. For doors, draught-proofing strips and brush strips are popular fixes; other easy solutions include lined curtains and draught excluder cushions. To prevent heat escaping up an unused or rarely used chimney, deploy inflatable draught excluders. Chimney pots – caps that fit over the chimney – are also a popular option, but these are most costly at £150 and must be fitted by a professional. Given that heat rises, another avenue where heat is lost and cold air can enter the home is through the loft hatch. Use a compression seal or foam strips around the perimeter of the hatch. Installing loft insulation (see below) will also help address this issue.  
  • Invest in double glazing – many older properties still have single pane windows. Not only do these allow a lot of heat loss, but they also allow a lot of noise to enter the property. Installing double glazing will not only insulate your home, reducing your heating bills, but it will also sound-proof your home. It may be costly to install, but double glazing can save £110 a year in a semi-detached property. 
  • Insulate your cavity walls – insulating your home using cavity wall insulation can deliver big annual savings on your heating bills. Cavity wall insulation utilises mineral fibre, polystyrene beads or polyurethane foam to fill the empty gap between the cavity walls of the property. Typical installation costs range from £610 for a detached property to £390 for a mid-terrace; however with energy savings of up to £275 per year achievable for a detached home, the costs will soon be recuperated. 
  • Install loft insulation – So that’s the walls of the home insulated, but given that a quarter of the heat can be lost through the roof of the property, it’s also important to ensure you have adequate loft insulation. Loft insulation is really easy to install and uses rolls of mineral wool that are installed between the joists. It costs approximately £300 to install, is good for 40 years and can trim £150 a year from your energy bills.

 

So as you can see, going into 2021 there are several key ways you can save money on your heating bills. If part of your solution is investing in electric heating, then get in touch with us today. Our team of experts can guide you to the best electric heating options for your home or office. Contact us on 01252 560770 or email enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk

 

Best Heating Options Going Into 2021

It’s January, and here in the UK we’re now in our third lockdown. With schools and businesses closed, and everyone working and studying remotely, now more than ever we need reliable, effective heating within our homes. 

If you’re struggling with an aged boiler and radiators, then it’s probably time to start thinking about upgrading your central heating system. However, with budgets constrained, it’s vital to focus on energy efficient, cost-effective and sustainable heating options. 

But where do you start? With central heating systems costing anything from £2,250 upwards to install, it’s not a small investment. Once the biggest dilemma faced by homeowners was ‘do I go for a condensing boiler or not?’ However, with energy from renewable sources now taking centre stage, electric heating is coming to the fore, displacing the traditional gas boiler. But it can be difficult to understand why, and what options are available to you. So we’ve written this article to help guide you to the best heating options for 2021, and an all-electric, greener future. 

Why it’s time to move away from gas

Traditionally in the UK we’ve relied on natural gas boilers to deliver heating and hot water to our homes. However, given the devastating impact the burning of fossil fuels has on the environment, there’s a global push to transition to a low carbon future. Indeed, our Government has set a target of 80% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and gas heating will be banned in new builds from 2025. 

For this reason, you should steer clear of investing in a new gas boiler and consider switching to a clean energy source, one which requires no burning of gases and best of all is free. We’re talking about electric heating systems, using energy from renewable, sustainable sources. Indeed, over time, we predict that fossil fuel costs will rise and incentives for a switch to clean energy will make alternative heating systems far more attractive for homeowners, tenants and those buying properties. 

Why the future’s electric

It’s all about renewables

Here in the UK we have an abundance of natural, renewable energy sources. These include solar, wind, wave, marine and geothermal fuel sources. Indeed, energy from renewable sources contributed to 47% of the nation’s electricity in the first quarter of 2020, demonstrating the reliability of energy from renewable sources.

Think energy efficiency

Moving to an all-electric heating system isn’t just about cleaner air and protecting the environment, but it’s also about energy efficiency. Whereas gas boilers heat water that’s pumped to radiators around the house, losing heat and efficiency in the process, electricity converts energy to heat immediately, making it 100% efficient. This not only means the home will warm up far faster, but it also means household bills are kept to a minimum. With more of us at home than ever before, energy bills are set to spiral this year, so this is a really important issue for homeowners and tenants alike.

Improved safety profile

When you use a gas appliance, be that a boiler, fireplace or hob, you run a safety risk. Not only is there an issue of flammability should there be a gas leak, but there’s also the silent, insidious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is created when gas doesn’t burn fully, or the area around the appliance isn’t adequately ventilated. It’s odourless and tasteless and is invisible to the human eye, and can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Dull headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

In extreme cases, it can be fatal. For this reason, any home with a gas appliance will require a carbon monoxide monitor. The monitor as well as the boiler will need to be regularly serviced. However, with electric heating you run none of these risks, as there’s no combustion required.

Improved functionality

Whereas individual controls on traditional radiators are rudimentary at best, electric radiators and heaters come with a host of features that mean that heat is delivered exactly where – and when – you need it most. These include:

Individual controls – each unit runs independently of each other, meaning the heat can be directed to the rooms you’re occupying, without having to heat empty areas of the home.

Built-in timers – not only can you decide which units to turn on, but you can also set individual timers, so heat is delivered to the bathroom and the kitchen before the front room, fitting in with the way you live your life.

Climate control – each unit can be set to a specific temperature, ensuing a constant climate.

WiFi connectivity - gas companies may have brought out smart thermostats such as Hive, but with electric heating, you can use voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Echo and Alexa to control your home heating and monitor your energy usage. 

Cheaper installation and maintenance costs

Electric heating doesn’t require a flue, pipework or ventilation measures, so it’s far less expensive to install than a traditional gas central heating system. Moreover, if you opt for electric radiators, these can be installed by a homeowner or landlord with even the most basic of DIY experience. The cost savings don’t end here, however, as electric heating won’t require annual servicing. Also, as each electric radiator unit runs independently of each other, any failure will only affect one unit (which can easily be repaired or replaced) and won’t stop the rest of your home from receiving heat. This means no more expensive call out charges or engineer fees.

Types of electric heating 

So you’ve made the decision to switch to electric. But how can this be achieved? It is possible to convert a gas home to all electricity, and here’s how: 

Installing electric heating options

There are some great electric heating options available for the home. These include:

  • Electric radiators – slimline, cost-effective and extremely efficient, these units are the most popular type of electric heating available today. 
  • Underfloor heating – for the ultimate in luxury, underfloor heating is incredibly popular in small spaces such as bathrooms.
  • Heated towel rails – space saving and extremely pleasing to the eye, towel rails are a nifty way to boost heat in bathrooms and kitchens.

Replacing a gas boiler with an electric boiler to heat water

Of course, if you’re removing your boiler then you’ll also need to invest in an alternative hot water source. Here are some options for electric boilers:

  • Electric combi boiler –  this is comparable to a gas combi boiler and provides hot water as well as central heating. It supplies hot water on demand, so doesn’t require a tank.
  • Electric storage boiler – these are a more expensive way of supplying hot water, so tend to be suited to Economy 7 tariffs.
  • Solar compatible – use free energy from the sun to supplement the heat to your storage tank, if you have an immersion heater.

Upgrade your fireplace

Clean, safe and user friendly, electric fireplaces can also make a great style statement. They don’t require a flue so are also really easy to install. 

Boost heat with portable electric heaters

If funds are limited, or you’re looking for a more portable option for home heating, then you can invest in electric heaters. There are several types on the market, including:

  • Fan heaters 
  • Oil-filled heaters
  • Radiant (infrared) heaters

If you’re considering making the leap to an all-electric home, we hope this article has helped. With the right amount of planning, it is possible, and will help move your home into a cleaner, energy-efficient future. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you’ll also be saving on energy bills and future proofing your home. For further help, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert or call us on 01252 560770 for friendly, expert advice.  

Which Is The Best Smart Control Heating System?

In a world where everything is available at the press of a digit, it makes sense that the warmth in our homes should be just as easy to control. From groceries and luxury goods to fashion and airline tickets, we can access just about anything from anywhere in the world.

Smart heating systems allow you to do just that. You can check the temperature of your home from wherever you are, just by glancing at your smartphone or tablet. You can also set schedules to ensure the heat is on when and where you need it. By fitting to your schedule, you’ll be heating your home far more efficiently. This means lower fuel consumption, less wastage and reduced monthly heating bills. Not only that but as you’ll be burning less fuel, you’ll be more energy-efficient and minimise your carbon footprint.

Smart heating systems can be fitted to most boiler and central heating systems, but make sure you research the best option for you. Not all smart heating systems are created equal, and the best one for your home will depend on several parameters. What size is your home? How much can you afford to spend on the smart heating system? What added extras are important for you? For example, some systems have an ‘open window’ sensor to ensure you’re not heating the garden! Also, some systems don’t rely on a central thermostat, but also provide zonal control with smart radiator thermostats (TRVs). This means that each room can be individually controlled, which will ensure the bedrooms are warm for night and the kitchen is ready for you in the morning.

Here’s our round-up of the best smart heating control systems on the market today:

Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)

This is one of the most popular smart heating thermostats on the market. Indeed, it’s already racked up nearly 2,000 online reviews, demonstrating how well it’s been received by homeowners. With a sleek, curved design this unit is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing and offers a good range of connectivity, including Google Home and Alexa.

The smart thermostat can be controlled directly or remotely, and the 3rd Generation can also control your hot water. Although individual thermostat controls aren’t provided as standard, separate TRVs can be purchased and fitted to individual radiators to facilitate temperature control in specific zones.

For the techies among us, you can build a truly connected home with Google Nest. The smart system also offers entertainment streaming, lighting control, Nest Cam security cameras, key-free Yale locks and Nest Protect, a carbon monoxide and smoke alarm.

Cost: Around £250

Hive Active Heating 2

Hive isn’t just a smart heating system. Like Google Nest, it can be paired with other smart devices such as WiFi security cameras, smart plugs and smart bulbs. Although not self-learning, the system is very easy to control as all hardware is controlled via one App, the Hive Hub. However, the system can’t be controlled manually, only via the Hive app or the website.

Hive Active Heating offers fantastic connectivity and also comes with a geofence, which not only dials down the heating when you leave home but also fires up the boiler on your return. It does lack TRVs, but these can be purchased separately, turning the Hive Hub into a multi-zone system.

It’s also worth noting that although Hive is owned by British Gas, you can use it with any energy supplier.

Cost: Around £250

Tado Smart Thermostat V3

A relative newcomer to the arena, the Tado Smart Thermostat boasts an impressive array of features. These include an energy-saving calculator, direct and remote adjustability, open window detection and geofencing. It also comes with smart radiator thermostats, allowing you to control the temperature in every single room of your home, ensuring heat is only provided exactly when and where it’s needed.

But what really sets this smart thermostat apart is its presence detection. Using location factors such as GPS, the thermostat can follow where you are and direct the heat to precisely where you need it. To access this feature, there is a paid subscription, but it could be well worth it in your home.

Cost: Around £200

Google Nest Thermostat E

Although this thermostat lacks the stylish looks of the Nest Learning Thermostat, it is far simpler to install, as it isn’t connected to the boiler. It simply replaces your existing wireless or wall-mounted thermostat.

While the Nest Thermostat E does an excellent job of adjusting home temperature, it lacks the functionality of other smart thermostats. Also, in the UK there’s an issue with the cost, as it’s priced very close to rival thermostats that offer superior controllability. However, if you’re looking to quickly install a smart thermostat that’s easy to use, with excellent connectivity, then this could be a great option for you.

Cost: Around £200

Honeywell Evohome

If you’re looking for the best temperature control in every single room of your house, then this is the smart thermostat you need. It does come with a hefty price tag, but it’s easy to see why. Not only can you control each radiator individually, but the Honeywell Evohome system also controls hot water and can be used in rooms with underfloor heating.

Not only does the unit come with a whole host of advanced features, but it’s also easy to adjust the schedule. It’s also very easy to use, even for the most die-hard technophobes.

Cost: Around £250 upwards

Drayton Wiser Multi-Zone Smart Thermostat

In terms of installation, this is one of the quickest smart thermostats to set up. Indeed, homeowners can easily set it up themselves without having to call out an engineer. Importantly, it allows you to control each radiator individually. The starter kit comes with two radiator valves, but additional smart valves can be purchased individually.

A simple and low-cost home option, the Drayton Smart Thermostat may lack the advanced features of more expensive options. It’s also lacking in the looks department, but what it lacks there it makes up for in function. It’s quick to respond to heating demand, self-learning and does include features such as open window detection and geofencing.

Cost: Around £150 (but note that you’ll save on installation costs)

 

Of course, even with the best smart controls, there will still be those areas of the home that are difficult to heat. For this, we recommend individual electric radiators or portable electric heaters. Contact us for further help with your heating needs. We stock the best in electric heating and have regular sales and discounts on offer. You can call us on 01252 560770 or email us on enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk. Get in touch today and make sure you’re nice and toasty this winter. After all, a warm home is a happy home!

 

 

Where is the Best Place to Have a Thermostat and Why?

As the cold nights draw in, we all start having to think about getting our homes ready for winter. One of the most important systems to test and set up is of course how we heat our homes. For those with traditional gas, oil or LPG heating, this will mean making sure the boiler has been serviced, the radiators are all in working order, setting the thermostat and then luxuriating in ambient heat.

What is a thermostat?

As opposed to electric heating options, such as electric radiators and underfloor heating which can be independently controlled, the heat output from traditional heating systems will be regulated by a central thermostat.

A thermostat is a wall-mounted device that can be mechanical, digital or employ smart technology. They can be wireless and battery-operated, or hardwired to the boiler, while smart thermostats such as Hive or Nest employ small remote sensors to track room temperatures.

Essentially, thermostats are used to regulate the temperature within a home. They do this by sensing and monitoring the temperature and turning on the heating when the air temperature around them falls below a pre-set level. They’re very easy to control, and allow the homeowner to quickly alter the internal temperature of the home if there’s a sudden change in the weather.

What to consider when fitting a thermostat

Thermostats are wall-mounted and will be permanently located in one room of the house; but as with everything, location is key.

So where’s the best place to locate the thermostat or sensor within your home? Here are some points to consider, when deciding on the best location:

  • Are there other heat sources that might influence the thermostat?
  • Does the area receive direct sunlight?
  • Is the area north facing?
  • Is there a decent airflow?
  • Is it a busy thoroughfare?
  • Could the thermostat be obstructed by anything?

Where should a thermostat ideally be located?

1.       On an interior wall

Don’t place a thermostat on an exterior wall. Using an interior wall will give a better indication of the temperature within your home.

2.       In the centre of the home

As indicated above, an interior wall is best for monitoring the temperature of the home. Ideally, you should place the thermostat somewhere near the middle of the home for the most accurate reading.

3.       In a frequently used room

We know that thermostats aren’t the prettiest to look at. Even the aesthetics of smart systems leave something to be desired. But there’s no point hiding the thermostat away in a room that’s never used. The rooms you frequent the most are the ones you need to have at a comfortable temperature.

4.       In an area away from drafts

Just as you don’t want the thermostat to be positioned where it receives direct sunlight or a North facing wall, you also don’t want it near windows or external doors. These will create drafts that lower the temperature detected by the thermostat, meaning the thermostat will continue to call for heat even when it’s not necessary.

 

5.       At the correct height

Heat rises. This is why your thermostat should be located on the ground floor, at the height you’re living in. The recommended height to locate a thermostat is therefore approximately 5 foot above the floor.

For all of these reasons, the majority of homes will have the thermostat placed somewhere in the downstairs hallway. Away from drafts and direct sunlight, but with good airflow, this central position within the home is typically the best location for detecting the temperature of centrally circulating air.

Why the position of your thermostat really matters

The position of your thermostat should be really carefully considered. By placing your thermostat in an area that’s far cooler than the main rooms you occupy, excessive heat can be called for. This will burn more fuel than necessary and leading to inflated heating costs.

Conversely, if you place the thermostat in an area that’s warmer than your living area, you’ll actually not be calling for the correct amount of heat. OK, so this will save you money, but being cold all the time really negates the reason for having a central heating system in the first place!

Also, you need to consider fluctuations in temperatures. We’ve already stated that the thermostat needs to be placed in an area that’s away from drafts or blasts of heat. This is because these volatile shifts in temperatures will result in the thermostat constantly switching on and off to reach the desired temperature, potentially wasting energy.

By placing your thermostat in the correct area, that ‘sweet spot’ in your home that has the most consistent and accurate average reading, you’ll be able to run your heating system efficiently. This will keep your home comfortably warm, without wasting fuel or heat.

Finally… try the lowest setting

Once you’ve located your thermostat, really think about programming when your heating comes on. By using your central heating system only as and when you need it, you’ll not only save money but also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Also, and this is really important, find the lowest comfortable temperature setting that works for you. The WHO recommends that in the winter months, UK households should aim for room temperatures of 18 degrees centigrade. This can mean that your thermostat could be set anywhere between 18-21 degrees. So experiment and turn your thermostat down to the lowest comfortable setting. Indeed, turning your thermostat will not only save you money but also improve your carbon footprint. According to The Energy Saving Trust, turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree could save £60 a year on your heating bills, and prevent some 310 kg of carbon dioxide unnecessarily being released into the atmosphere.

Of course, there is a simple and clean solution to your heating needs that doesn’t require a central thermostat. That’s the installation of electric radiators. These sleek, elegant units are 100% energy efficient and work completely independently of each other. This allows you to control the heat in the rooms you use the most, and at the specific temperatures, you need. Furthermore, they come with 24/7 programming and frost protection, giving you ultimate controllability and peace of mind. Some even come with smart technology, meaning you can control your room temperature with the swipe of an app.

If you’re interested in making the switch to electric heating then get in touch today. Here at Electric Heating Expert, we have the product range and expertise to help you install the most cost-effective heating solutions in your home or office space. Get in touch today on 01252 560770 or you can email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk.

What Are the Central Heating Installation Costs in 2020?

Central heating really is the ultimate luxury, and it’s definitely one we’ve come to expect as standard within our homes. The costs of installing central heating will vary considerably, depending on whether you’re renovating an existing system, or putting a heating system into a new build.

For the majority of us, it’s all about replacing a tired and inefficient central heating system. If you’re fed up of relying on an old gas boiler, or fancy upgrading from those ancient Economy 7 heaters, then the first thing you’ll need to think about is the costs. However, you can’t think of this as simply the cost of the switch. You also need to think long term and consider the energy efficiency of the system you’re installing. By future-proofing your energy supply and keeping energy charges to a minimum, you’ll make the greatest savings over time.

Cost of Upgrading a Gas Boiler

The majority of UK homes are powered by a gas boiler, and rather than change the whole system, many homeowners will choose to simply upgrade the existing boiler. This can make sense as it’s the quickest option, but long term could be the wrong decision as gas boilers are slowly being phased out. Indeed, from 2025 gas heating will be banned in new build homes, in a bid to meet UK climate goals. It’s also been suggested that by 2035, no boilers burning fossil fuels should be installed into homes.

If you do decide to go ahead and upgrade, then the final cost will depend on the complexity of the installation. If you’re replacing the boiler with the same type (combi/condensing/conventional) then it can be done in a few hours. However, you’ll need a Gas Safe registered engineer to oversee the installation, and if you are moving to a new type of boiler, the process can take up to 2 days to complete.

There are cost-saving benefits to be gained from upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £340 a year, meaning the cost of the boiler would have been paid off in under 5 years.

If you’re replacing an existing boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler, the cost (excluding radiators) is on average £2,300.

Installing a Brand New Gas Heating System

Over time, we’ll see less and less new gas-fired central heating systems installed in homes, as the Government moves toward its net zero climate target. However, if this is something you’re considering then there are many issues to consider, including:

  • Boiler size
  • Boiler location
  • Number and position of radiators
  • Hot water tank
  • Location of pipework

Again, this is a job for specialists, and will typically require the services of two Gas Safe registered engineers. Depending on whether it’s a new build, and whether an existing home is lived in or empty, the job can take up to a week to complete.

The average cost of installing a gas-fired central heating system is between £3,000 and £4,000.

Going Low Carbon

Another option is to go low carbon and install a heat pump or biomass system. Heat pumps extract heat from outside your home, transferring it to heating and hot water circuits in the home. The low-carbon biomass system is wood-fuelled and burns wood pellets, logs or chips. This heating system will heat single rooms, so isn’t a central heating system, but can be used with a back boiler to supply hot water to the property.

While there are clear benefits to going low carbon, the cost of installing low-carbon heating can be prohibitive and runs at £4,800 in a new home and a staggering £26,300 in an existing property.

Cost of Installing an Electric Heating System

There are many ways in which you can use electricity to heat your home, but homeowners and developers primarily install electric radiators and/or underfloor heating.

The beauty of an all-electric radiator system is that it’s so energy efficient. Practically all of the energy used is converted to heat, in the room where the heat is needed. Also, each unit runs independently of each other, so if one radiator fails, you’ll still have heating elsewhere in the home. There’s also no need to annually service an all-electric heating system, meaning lower maintenance charges. Another significant benefit is that there’s no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, meaning an all-round safer system for you and your family.

Furthermore, electric radiators are easy to install and often won’t even require an electrician, just a power socket and simple tools to attach the radiator to the wall.

The cost per radiator can be as low as £175, meaning minimal outlay for homeowners. Underfloor heating is definitely a more expensive option, and the final cost will depend on whether it’s a new build or a renovation, but the final fee, including contractor costs, can reach £4,500.

Benefits of Electricity Over Gas

Traditionally, homeowners and developers have avoided installing electric heating systems, this is because electric heating was viewed as expensive to run, and inefficient. However, times have changed. There are now many reasons why electric heaters are superior to their natural gas alternatives. These include:

  • Electric radiators are 100% efficient. Electric radiators work independently from each other, this means there’s no need to transport heat around home and nearly 100% of the energy used is converted to heat.
  • Electric heating provides energy savings. Superior 24/7programming, and WiFi connectivity, meaning you’ll have the heat where and when you want it and won’t waste money heating empty rooms or an empty house.
  • Electric heating is the cleanest energy choice. The burning of fossil fuels is known to have a devastating impact on the environment and is one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. So it’s time to move away from gas heating systems. In contrast, more and more of our electricity is now generated from renewable energy, such as solar, hydro and wind sources. This makes electricity the most eco- and environmentally-friendly choice to power our homes and industries.
  • Electricity won’t run out. We all know that there’s a finite supply of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. In contrast, electricity can be generated from sources that are in constant supply, such as the sun and wind, meaning it will never run out and can be relied upon into the next century and beyond.

We hope this article has helped you determine the best central heating system for your home or business. If you’re interested in making the leap to an all-electric system then please get in touch. We offer friendly, obligation-free advice and straightforward pricing so you can understand and stay in control of your budget. Email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk or call us on 01252 560770 to find out more.

 

 

Is it Possible to Convert a Gas Home to All Electricity?

The simple answer to this question is: yes! It’s certainly possible to convert a home that’s powered by gas to all-electric.

There are many reasons this is such a hot topic right now. We’ve long known the dangers posed to the environment by burning fossil fuels, but there’s also the threat of dwindling supplies. As a result, the Government and energy companies have been investing in developing green alternatives, and how to harness energy from sustainable sources to power our homes and lives.

This drive for clean, efficient energy has focused on sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power and has so far seen some amazing results. Indeed, during 2019, for the first time ever renewable energy delivered more electricity than fossil fuels in Britain. As a result, the shift from gas to low carbon, sustainable alternatives is gaining momentum.

Indeed, here in the UK the drive for energy efficiency has resulted in a directive that bans the installation of boilers and gas hobs in new builds from 2025 onwards. Ofgem also recently supported this, predicting that the way we power our homes and cars will be revolutionised from 2050 onwards, with ‘decarbonised’ energy replacing our reliance on natural gas. So in the very near future, we could see gas heating systems and appliances become obsolete, making the move to electricity the wisest option, right here and right now.

 

Going All-Electric in the Kitchen

Within our homes, we use gas for heating – our food, our rooms and our water. A simple fix for cooking is to replace a gas hob and oven with an electric alternative. There are some fantastic options available, including induction hobs. These use electromagnetism to instantly generate heat that miraculously won’t burn your hand. Likewise, an electric convection oven is far superior to gas ovens, both in terms of efficiency, but also safety.

 

All-Electric Fireplaces

We all love a living flame, and for a long time this is what held back the electric fireplace. However, there are now numerous beautiful, aesthetically pleasing electric fireplaces available. What’s more, you won’t require a flue and the units are cost-effective and easy to install.

 

Electric Heating Systems

Electric heating has come a long way from the night storage heaters of old. There are now several options available, including:

 

  • Electric radiators
  • Electricity-powered heat pumps
  • Underfloor heating

 

The best time to install an all-electric system, including an electric boiler for instant hot water, is in a new build. However, it is possible to rip out that old gas boiler and replace it with an all-electric system.

 

When it comes to retrofitting an all-electric system, the two most popular heating options are underfloor heating and electric radiators. Underfloor heating is pleasing underfoot and invisible, but it can be costly to install in an older home. When it comes to electric radiators, these are definitely more aesthetically pleasing than traditional radiators. Each unit runs independently of each other, using power from a standard power socket, meaning easy and mess-free installation and no unsightly pipework.

 

In fact, a mix of both systems can work well. Underfloor heating suits bathrooms, but can take a while to heat up so you’ll need to run it on a timer. It also can’t be used under certain items of furniture. In contrast, all an electric radiator requires is a power socket and they’re  suitable for every room in your home. Electric radiators are also 100% energy efficient, meaning that all the energy is instantly converted to heat, none is lost in pipework travelling from room to room, or floor to floor. If you need an option for your bathroom and can’t face ripping up the flooring to install underfloor heating, then an electric towel rail is a great option for ensuring your bathroom is nice and warm, even on the coldest of winter mornings!

 

Benefits of an Electric Heating System

So we’ve already covered the ecological and environmental reasons for going all-electric, but there are many reasons this form of energy is superior to gas heating systems.

 

These include:

 

  • Energy efficiency – as we’ve already stated, electric radiators are 100% efficient. What this means is that any energy used is instantly transformed to heat output. In contrast, a gas boiler uses energy to heat water that is then piped through the house, with lots of heat and energy being lost on the way. With energy bills eating into a massive proportion of household budgets, it’s more important than ever that your home is energy efficient.
  • Safety profile – natural gas comes with an inherent risk. If your boiler or gas appliance becomes faulty you’re at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This odourless gas is produced when gas doesn’t burn completely. It can lead to dizziness, confusion and nausea, and every year causes around 60 deaths here in the UK. So if you have use gas for any form of heating, you’ll need to install a carbon monoxide monitor, which itself will have to regularly be tested and require battery replacement. In contrast, as electric heating systems don’t burn fuel to produce heat, there’s no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and they have a far superior safety profile.
  • Cheaper installation – with no flue or pipework, electric heating systems are definitely cheaper to install than their gas alternative. Moreover, there are no planning issues and homeowners themselves can install an electric radiator, so there’s no need to call in an engineer.
  • Minimal maintenance – as opposed to gas powered radiators, electric heating options won’t require annual servicing. This means a considerable cost saving in maintenance costs. In addition, if a single electric radiator fails, you’ll lose heat only in one room and can simply replace that unit. If a gas boiler fails, you’ll lose heat in the whole house. With a gas boiler, you’ll also require an engineer call out, which can be expensive if you don’t have an annual servicing contract.
  • Reliability – there are less moving parts with an all-electric system, so there’s less to go wrong. There’s no risk of limescale or sludge build up, both of which can slow down the system and mean you need to do a power flush. Electric heating options also won’t require bleeding. Finally, with an electric heating system, there’s no water flowing along pipes so there’s no risk of pipes bursting and water damage within your home.
  • Quieter system – ah, the sound of silence. This is what you can expect from going all-electric. No more creaky, noisy pipework and churning, banging noise as the boiler fires up and pumps water through those ageing radiators.
  • Programming – precise digital controls, WiFi connectivity, built-in timers, 24/7 programming and climate control mean that an all-electric system beats a gas central heating system hands down. You can control each room individually, having the heat where and when you need it most, as opposed to one thermostat governing the temperature for the whole house. Let’s face it, how many of us have the thermostat in the hallway, the one room we don’t sit or sleep in?

How to Move Forward

If this article has swayed you to make the leap to all-electric heating then we’re sure you’ll never look back. However, make sure you do your research and select the right electric heating system for you.

 

In order to cap your gas supply and remove a gas boiler, you’ll need to get in touch with a Gas Safety Registered engineer. While a good builder will be able to remove any unnecessary pipework and renovate the walls and floors, it’s important to get in touch with a specialist electric heating company to ensure you invest in the most efficient system, with the functionality you need. Also, make sure your circuit board is up to code and can cope with the draw on electricity. While a builder or homeowner can install an electric radiator easily, for more complex installations you should employ the services of a properly certified electrician.

 

Finally, make sure you’re on the best energy tariff. This is something that needs to constantly be monitored, as tariffs and deals regularly change. Even if you’re locked into a deal, it can be worth paying a fee to move to a cheaper, longer-term tariff when energy prices are down. Use a good comparison site such as Uswitch to find the best deals and ensure you power your home for the best price possible.

Is Electric Heat More Efficient than Heat from Gas?

With coronavirus lockdown measures being eased, and businesses opening up again, we’re now slowly returning to work. During our weeks at home, either working remotely or furloughed from the workplace, many of us will have taken time to reflect, catch up on household projects or even achieve personal life goals.

However we’ve spent the time, there’s one consequence that we’ll all face in coming weeks – spiralling energy bills. Where we’d once have turned the thermostat down while we’re out of the house, and turned the lights out, we’ve all been at home using more energy than would normally be the case and this is going to hit monthly budgets. Indeed, in March it was estimated that energy bills could soar by £52 million a week for households in Britain, and this is going to have a serious impact for homeowners and tenants across the country.

Why is energy efficiency important?

Energy efficiency has been a buzzword in the energy sector for a while now. It’s not just about improving heating and heat retention within our homes, it’s also about where and how we source our energy. Gas is the biggest contributor to fossil fuel emissions in the UK. We’re all well aware of how fossil fuels are seriously harming the environment, so governments are focusing on generating electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass. Indeed, the UK Government has set a target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, relative to levels recorded in 1990.

So how does this tie in with UK households? Given the rise in fuel usage, it’s now time to look at the energy efficiency of your home, and where and how you can make savings. Do you have an ageing gas boiler? Are you still trying to heat your home with old night storage heaters? Making the move now to an energy-efficient heating system is not only the smart financial choice, but it’s also the most environmentally-conscious decision you can make. Indeed, given the carbon emissions from gas heating systems, and the drive to renewable energy sources, gas could one day soon become obsolete. This makes buying a new gas central heating system a bit of a gamble, like buying a diesel car, which made perfect sense 20 years ago, but now would be a risky investment.

Switching to electric

There are many options when it comes to electric heating within your home – including underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and electric radiators. In this post, we’ll focus on electric radiators, and how these are the smart choice if you’re thinking of moving to electric heating within your home. When it comes to efficiency, there are many reasons why electricity is the smart choice over gas, for more energy- and budget-conscious households.

Energy efficiency

In terms of energy efficiency, there are many reasons that heating using electric radiators is more efficient than heat from traditional gas boilers. These include:

  • 100% efficiency – with electric heating, the amount of energy used is equal to the amount of heat produced, making electric radiators and heaters 100% efficient. Not only that, but they heat up quickly, and are fast to respond to changes in ambient temperature.
  • Independent function – electric radiators run independently from each other, so you only heat the rooms you use and don’t have to heat the whole house just to warm up the one room you’re occupying.
  • No loss of transmission – heat from traditional gas boilers has to be transported from the boiler through pipework around a home, meaning that a lot of heat is lost along the way, especially if the pipework isn’t lagged.

Cheap installation and maintenance

Efficiency isn’t down to energy burn alone. It typically costs £1,500-£4,500 to replace an ageing boiler, and what’s more, condensing gas boilers have a limited life span and will need to be replaced every 10-15 years. Installation is not only costly but also incredibly disruptive and there are restrictions on where the boiler can be placed.

In contrast, installing electric radiators is far less expensive, with costs averaging £175 for individual units. What’s more, you don’t need pipework or a flue, just wall fixings and a power source. There’s also no servicing required, as opposed to gas boilers that require annual serving – and no risk that burst pipes can damage your home. Electric radiators also have excellent warranties, with some manufacturers offering 30 years peace of mind, compared with the standard 10 years on a condensing boiler.

Controllability

Electric radiators and heaters come with a host of features to make your life easier, including digital controls, 24/7 programming, built-in timer switches and climate control so you can precisely control where and when the heat comes on in your home. Some are even WiFi-enabled so you can control the heating from wherever you are, even away from the home. In contrast, radiators fed by a gas boiler tend to have minimal controls for heat output, with just one thermostat governing the temperature of the whole house, and individual controls on each radiator being rudimentary at best.

Overall costs

On the surface, you may think gas is the cheapest energy for your home,  with costs averaging 4p/kWh for mains gas compared with 15p/kWh for electricity. The true running cost, however, depends on several factors, and mean that electric heating can cost less to run than gas central heating. The improved energy efficiency of electric radiators means that less energy is required to generate heat and maintain room temperatures; in addition, electric radiators are also far less costly to install than a gas boiler and they don’t require long-term maintenance or expensive service contracts. In fact, conventional gas boilers only ever operate at 70-80% efficiency and can reach as low as 60% efficiency, so any cost savings are soon lost in actual usage levels. Factor in a superior safety profile for electricity – there’s no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning –  as well as the zero-emission profile of electric radiators, and the choice is clear.

If you’re interested in making the switch to electric, then get in touch with us today. Electric heating systems are cheap to install, economical, smart and stylish, as well as the environmentally friendly option. Call us today on 01252 560770 for further information; alternatively, you can complete our 2-minute self-survey for a fast, expert quote.

Is it Bad to Sleep With the Heater On?

Let’s face it, even in summer months the nights can get chilly. If your house isn’t well insulated, then you may be inclined to leave the heating on at night. But is it safe to do so, and which form of heating is best for keeping your house warm overnight?

Obviously, the type of heating you use will depend upon the central heating system in your home – whether you use gas, solid fuel or electric heating. Here we look at the pros and cons, and the types of heating you should never rely on and leave unattended while you sleep:

Electric Heater

Portable electric heaters are extremely popular for providing heat when central heating fails, or to boost heat in cooler rooms. They’re almost 100% energy efficient, are lightweight and have a superior safety profile than their gas counterparts. The most popular types are:

  • Convector heater
  • Oil filled radiator
  • Fan heater
  • Infra-red bar heater

Portable electric heaters tend to be used to provide short-term blasts of heat, either supplementing heat in a cold room or as an emergency heat source when a central heating system fails. Some models can be expensive to run. However, newer models come with a host of features that mean they can now be used for longer periods, where once they’d have been prohibitive to use. One such feature is climate control, this means that the heater ticks over at a constant temperature and will only switch on when the ambient temperature falls below a set level, keeping running costs to a minimum and meaning they can be suitable for overnight use.

The only drawback with portable electric heaters is the size of room they can heat, so make sure you check the BTU of the model to understand it’s heating capacity. Also, given that the majority of us need peace and quiet for a good night’s sleep, you’re better off avoiding fan heaters as these tend to be noisier than convector heaters, so check reviews to make sure you’re purchasing a quiet model. Infra-red heaters are good for providing direct heat, but they’re not good for larger rooms and don’t tend to have thermostatic controls. Oil-filled radiators are particularly good for providing long-term heat, and they’re also among the cheapest to run at night.

Electric Radiator

Wall-mounted electric radiators are becoming increasingly popular, compared with traditional gas central heating systems. Not only are they the green alternative, but they’re also far safer and have supreme functionality. They provide a combination of radiated and convected heat, are slimline and their energy efficiency means that they provide instant heat. What’s more, each unit runs independently, so you can switch the radiator on in one room only, without having to heat the whole house. Electric radiators are also silent, so you won’t have annoying noise from clicking pipes. As is the case for portable electric heaters, electric radiators come with a whole host of features that make them excellent for overnight heating, including climate control, 24/7 pre-programming and even remote and smart functionality. We think you’ll agree, for all of these reasons, electric radiators are perfect for providing overnight ambient heat.

Electric Blanket

Electric blankets are an excellent choice for making sure your bed is nice and warm, which is a real luxury if your room is freezing cold! They’re relatively cheap to run, costing under 10 pence a night, and can be kept on all night. However, they’re not for everyone – and should definitely be avoided if you have a pacemaker fitted. They do also come with safety issues. Just as with any appliance they need to be regularly inspected for safety. If the fabric is worn, there are scorch marks or wires poking through the blanket, then it’s time to replace your blanket. Don’t use a blanket for longer than 10 years as it may not be safe to use, and you can get scorched or the blanket can even start a fire. Make sure your electric blanket has the UK Safety Standard mark and always follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.

Gas Central Heating System

You can of course switch on your central heating system at night, or leave it ticking over at a set thermostatic temperature. However, while this is a safe option, it’s also incredibly expensive as you’ll be heating the entire house. Also, thermostats tend to be placed in hallways, which will always be a different temperature to your bedroom and meaning you’re optimising the temperature in an empty space in the house, in the hope that your bedroom will remain comfortably warm. Of course, you can control your radiators, but in terms of climate control this is rudimentary at best.

Portable Gas Heater
Indoor portable gas heaters run off bottled gas. Just like their electric counterparts, there are several types available, including:

  • Living flame
  • Catalytic
  • Infra-red radiant

However, for a number of reasons, portable gas heaters aren’t recommended for overnight use. Not only are you leaving a combustible heat source unattended, raising the risk of a fire taking place, but there’s also a silent danger: carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is created when a gas doesn’t burn properly; it’s silent, odourless and very dangerous to your health. At best, you’ll become light headed and nauseous, at worse it can be fatal. Needless to say, this makes it incredibly dangerous overnight. Regular servicing of your gas appliance and installing a carbon monoxide monitor can help negate the risk, but in general gas heaters aren’t recommended for overnight use.

Fireplace

Fossil fuels may be on the decline, but we do love a living flame. While nowadays not many bedrooms have open fires, if you’re lucky enough to live in a Victorian property then you might have a fireplace in your bedroom. It might sound romantic and cosy curling up in front of an open fire, but once again there are risks when it comes to overnight use. Not only do you risk carbon monoxide poisoning if the fireplace isn’t vented properly, but there’s a very real fire risk, as sparks can be released even from glowing embers. If you do like lighting a fire for ambience or warmth, make sure you have a fireguard handy and let the fire die out well before you turn the lights out.

How to Improve your Home’s Insulation

Of course, as well as investing in the best heating option for your home, it’s always a good idea to think about improving the insulation within your home. There are several areas you can easily look to improve, which can really reduce the amount of heat lost from your home, making sure you stay nice and warm and reducing your heating bills. These include:

Check your loft insulation – did you know that 25% of our heat can be lost through an uninsulated loft? This means that the heat you’re paying for is simply disappearing into thin air! With insulation costing less than £400 to install in the average detached house, and savings of up to £225 possible annually, it really makes sense to check the state of your loft insulation.
Look at cavity wall insulation – while this isn’t suitable for all homes, if you have cavity walls then this is the simplest way to improve energy efficiency within your property. Heat-insulating materials such as mineral fibre wool or polystyrene beads are injected into the walls, meaning your home will retain more stable heat.
Upgrade your glazing – if you have single pane, draughty windows then heaters will struggle to maintain a constant temperature within your bedroom. With double glazing, multiple panels of glass are used, maximising heat insulation and minimising noise disturbance from external sources. The sealed gap between the two panes of glass minimises heat loss, and prevents the lower outside temperature from affecting internal temperatures, meaning you can maintain a more constant overnight temperature in your bedroom.

In Summary

Although there are ways in which you can improve the insulation within your home, some houses just need a boost of warmth. As you can see, electric radiators and electric heaters, with their supreme functionality and superior safety profile are among the best heaters you can safely rely on for overnight heating. Here at Electric Heating Expert, we have the expertise to guide you to the best heating solution for your home and budget. Contact us on 01252 560770 or email enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk. Get in touch today and make sure you’re well prepared for the autumn and winter months.

How do Electric Garage Heaters Compare to Gas?

Garages were once simply an area to store your car. However, now they’re so much more. This can be down to the size – garages built in British properties during the post-World War 2 boom were built for far smaller cars than exist today. As a result, very few home owners can use these garages for car storage, and now utilise the space for storage or as a workspace. Also, modern houses with double garages will often view their garages as dual function areas – as car storage and as a workshop/DIY space.

Given that garages are seldom heated – and if they are, it’s typically only on account of the fact they’re attached to a heated home – heating these workspace areas can be an issue. In addition, garages tend to be poorly insulated, draughty spaces that are only of single brick wall construction, with minimal foundations, compounding the problem.

If you’re looking for a garage heater, you’ll see that there are a wide variety of options on offer, both gas and electric. However, before deciding which type of heater you need, here are a few things to consider first:

1. The size of your garage

Single and double – and even triple – garages will all vary in size. Before choosing your heater, look at the power of heater you’ll need. Measure your garage and use an online BTU calculator to determine the amount of heat your garage needs. You may require multiple heaters, but keep an eye on the costs – not just of purchasing the units, but also running costs. According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a 2 kW fan heater will cost 37 pence per hour to run, while a 1.2 kw radiant halogen heater will cost 18 pence per hour to run, so if your space needs 2 or 3 heaters then the running costs can quickly ramp up over time, depending on the unit you choose.

2. When you’ll use it

Let’s face it, even our British summers can be pretty inclement, even in the middle of August. So if you’re planning on using your garage year round then it’s worth paying more to have the right heating installed. You’ll save money over time, as you’ll have lower running costs. However, if you’ll only be using the space occasionally for DIY, then you can look at lower-end portable gas and electric fan models.

3. Insulate the space

Before attempting to heat a space that’s damp and draughty, take a look and see if you can improve the insulation around doors and windows. You don’t want to pay for heat that simply dissipates from the space.

4. Power supply

This may sound obvious, but does your garage have an electrical point for plugging in a heater? If not, you can look to have one installed or – in the worst-case scenario – run an extension lead from the nearest power outlet (this isn’t advisable for infrared halogen heaters, however). If there’s no possibility of using an electrical outlet, then you’ll need to have one fitted, or to use a gas heater, either natural gas or propane.

5. Heating control

Given the very different climates that will exist within your home and your garage, you should always have a separate thermostat within your garage, if you’re running heating off of your main central heating system. If you have an electric heating system this is very straightforward, as each unit runs independently of each other. However, it’s more problematic for a gas central heating system. Also, think about whether you need frost protection – electric heaters and radiators have many built-in features such as timer settings, frost protection and climate control, meaning you have the right level of ambient heat at all times.

6. Safety

This is an important aspect of any heating solution. While portable electric heaters can pose an issue if they’re not stable and fall over, overall, they’re the safest option. Gas heaters present these same safety issues, but also present an additional hazard – carbon monoxide poisoning. Faulty gas heaters don’t burn gas completely, creating a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide gas which can lead to dizziness and even death. For this reason, you’ll need to install a carbon monoxide monitor, which will also require regular testing to ensure it’s working properly. Some gas heaters will also require additional venting.

In addition, given that many garages are also used for storage, make sure that any combustible items are at least 1m away from your heater – be that gas or electric. No portable heaters should be left unattended, so if you need the flexibility to leave the heating on for long periods, then your heating will need to be wall mounted.

So now that you’ve considered the above points, which garage heater is right for you? Here are the options available:

Fan heaters

Fan heaters use convection to heat a space – the fan passes air over heated coils, and the warm air is then blown out to heat the room. When it comes to choosing a fan heater for your garage, check the wattage and BTU output to determine the heater will adequately warm the workspace. Fan heaters can be powered by gas or electricity, and electric units can be floor- as well as ceiling-mounted. However, given that hot air rises, we’d always recommend that fan heaters be placed at a lower level – if your garage has a vaulted ceiling, that’s the area you’ll be heating with a ceiling-mounted fan.

Fan heaters are excellent for providing quick boosts of heat, but they can be expensive to run for long periods of time. If you only need occasional heat, then they’re a great option. Our advice is to look for floor models that are tiltable, that way you can direct the heat to exactly where you need it; dual heat and cooling functions are also a bonus as you can cool the space in warmer weather. Also, given that garage roofs can be the least well looked after on the property, choose heaters that are waterproof, to protect them from water invasion.

Panel heaters

These electric heaters run independently from the main property, and are great for providing more constant low-level heating. Given that they’re electric and tend to be wall-mounted, these convection heaters are also incredibly safe as there’s no risk of them falling over, and the heat itself is gentle. These units have excellent wall thermostats to ensure the garage remains at a constant temperature.

Radiant panels

These wall-mounted heaters use infrared technology to provide radiant heat. Although this type of heating doesn’t heat the air around a room, like a fan heater, the infrared heat does generate a direct beam of heat. However, you need to be careful as these types of heaters can present a safety hazard due to the intense heat they provide. Also, these heaters shouldn’t be left unattended for long periods of time so aren’t good for providing more constant low-levels of heat. Although gas-fired radiant panels are used across North America and Canada, in the UK our indoor wall-mounted radiant panels will tend to all be electric. Gas powered radiant heaters can be used to heat your garage, but these will be as portable units, rather than wall mounted.

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating uses electrical coils or mats to provide heat via conduction, convection and radiation. If you’re installing underfloor heating under a concrete floor, be sure to install insulation below the elements. Underfloor heating comes with a thermostat, so you can easily keep your garage at a constant temperature. While this has got to be the most expensive option to install, the long-term benefits can outweigh the initial expense if you’re planning on using the garage as an extension to your home.

Tubular heaters

These low voltage electric heaters are incredibly popular both for garages and greenhouses. They have lower running costs than fan heaters and a good safety profile; also, given their cost-effectiveness, they can be left on for long periods to provide constant low-level heating, so are excellent for damp spaces.

So as you can see, heating your garage isn’t just a case of whether you need gas or electric, there are many other options to consider. We think you’ll agree however that for functionality, safety and ease of use, electric garage heaters win hands down. For more information on the best garage heaters for your home or place of work, don’t hesitate to contact us on enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk or by calling a member of the team on 01252 560770.