Category: Electric Heating

What Are the Steps of Converting My Heating System from Gas to Electric?

This is a question we’re increasingly being asked. Fuelled by a drive for clean energy, many homeowners are moving away from gas boilers and coming to us for an alternative heating solution. This isn’t just down to members of the public being more mindful of the harmful impact of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s also backed by the Government. Indeed, in support of the nation’s net-zero climate target, the Government has banned the installation of gas boilers in new builds from 2025. Although the current ban is just for new builds, it doesn’t bode well for the use of natural gas in any home appliance. So homeowners that need to upgrade an ageing boiler are increasingly looking to make the move to more environmentally-friendly electric heating systems.


Making the transition may sound daunting, but this article will guide you through the steps you need to follow:


1.     Investigate the heating system you’d like to move to

There are several options open to you if you’re replacing a gas central heating system. These include:


  • Electric radiators
  • Ground-source heat pumps
  • Air-source heat pumps
  • Underfloor heating


Reviewing these options, the most straightforward and cost-effective way forward is an electric heating system, using electric radiators. These are not only easy to install, but they’re also 100% energy efficient. In terms of aesthetics, they can be combined with electric fireplaces. But just be aware that electric fireplaces won’t be sufficient to heat your home. They are nice to look at though and can really make a house feel like a home, delivering a realistic-looking living flame at the press of a button. In contrast, ground- and air-source heat pumps that draw heat from the surroundings may sound attractive options, but they’re complex systems that are prohibitively expensive to install. Finally, underfloor heating is a great option if you’re at the build stage, but it is more expensive and complex to retro-install into existing homes than alternatives such as electric radiators.


2.     Choose your engineer/contractor

Once you’ve selected the heating system you’d like to use, it’s time to start down-selecting a provider. This is the beauty of an electric heating system such as a radiator – you can actually install them yourself. All you need is a plug point and a bit of DIY experience. It really can be that easy! If you do want to use an electrician then a simple online search will identify the best in your area.


If you’re replacing your hot water system with an electric boiler or going for a heat pump, you’ll need a heating engineer and an electrician. Choose your contractor carefully. Google can be great for finding local engineers, but the best way is via reviews and testimonials. Ask if you can speak to former clients and ensure the contractor has all the correct accreditations. You’ll also need to hire a gas engineer to remove the existing gas heating system. Make sure the gas engineer is gas safe registered. To check, consult the Gas Safe Register here. A good builder can take care of removing the radiators and pipework, although if you’re good at DIY this is again something you can take care of yourself.


3.     Get quotes from your shortlist

Once you’ve drawn up a shortlist, it’s a good idea to obtain three quotes from professional contractors. Remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best. This is where social proof is so vital – check the reviews and if you can speak to someone who’s recently used their services. Remember that these people will be with you in your home, so make sure you’re comfortable with them. Things can go wrong, so it’s essential you can communicate easily with them, especially if you’re not happy or confused about the process. One important tip here – make sure to check whether or not your circuit board can cope with the increased draw on electricity. If so, make sure this is included in the quote.


4.     Select your appliances

If you’ve selected electric radiators, it’s time to choose your specific units. If you’re using an electric heating expert, then the radiators will have been included in a quote. If you’re doing the installation yourself, then contact a good supplier. Choose one that can guide you according to your needs, in terms of radiator size and heat output. We have a handy buying guide here that offers expert tips. Also, make sure you have the extra features you need. These can include: WiFi connectivity, 24/7 programming and climate control, to name just a few. If you’re complementing your electric heating system with electric towel rails, these can be sourced from local DIY stores online. Likewise for an electric fireplace.


5.     Remove your gas heating system

This is it! You’re making the change! Obviously, it’s better to change your heating system in the summer months, so the planning will need to start a few weeks or even months beforehand, to secure the best tradesmen (they tend to get booked out early, especially just before winter when people realise there’s an issue with their existing heating system). First, the gas engineer will need to remove the existing gas heating system. They’ll need to cap your gas supply and decommission your boiler. The next part of the process can require remedial plaster work and decorating, as the ugly pipework and old water-fed radiators are removed. This is where your builder and/or a decorator will come in handy. You can do this yourself, but again use a professional if you want the transition process to be as easy and straightforward as possible.


6.     Install your new heating system

If you’re installing electric radiators, this is the easiest part of the process. All the units require is a power socket. They’re also compact and lightweight, so are easy to install. If you’re going all-electric, you may choose to boost your heating with underfloor heating or electric towel rails. These will require the services of an electrician. An electric boiler will definitely require installation by a qualified engineer.


7.     Maintaining an electric heating system

This is the beauty of an all-electric heating system. As there’s no combustion involved, your electric heating system won’t require an annual service. You can just sit back and bask in the luxuriant ambient heat. There’ll be no noise, just silent energy efficiency. If you want even more control of your heat, you can install a ‘smart thermostat’ or ‘smart control heating system’, as they’re also known. You’ll be able to track your energy usage and plan your home heating all at the flick of a finger.


If you’re thinking of converting your home heating system from gas to electric, we hope this article has helped you understand the process and steps involved. Here at Electric Heating Expert, we have a fantastic range of electric radiators, to suit your budget and needs. Contact us on 01252 560770, or email us at If you’d like a fast, obligation-free expert quote then you can use our handy 2-minute self-survey form.











Do Electric Heaters Last Longer than Gas Heaters?

Summer may be on the way, but as we saw earlier in April, the temperatures can still go down to freezing. So if you need to boost the heat in your home, but are ready to switch off the central heating, then you should invest in a stand-alone heater. These can be wall-mounted or portable, depending on your needs. As they run independently from the central heating system, they’re a great way to boost the heat in specific rooms without having to heat the whole home. But what heaters should you invest in – electric or gas? Which will stand the test of time? You’ll base your decision on several factors, but if you’re looking for something that will last, we recommend electric heaters over their gas counterparts. Here’s why:

Reliability in the moving parts

Electric heaters work in very simple ways, with options including convector, fan and radiant heating. As there’s no combustion involved, they’re more straightforward to work on than gas heaters. This means that they’re easier to maintain; indeed, many electric heaters come with fantastic warranties, giving you additional peace of mind.

Safety impacts longevity

All gas heating systems, be that a central heating system, fireplace, heater or even the kitchen hob, pose a risk to health and safety. This isn’t just that they’re a fire hazard; they also come with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is produced when gas doesn’t combust completely. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to a range of physical symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. Prolonged exposure can be fatal. For this reason, you must install a carbon monoxide monitor if you use a gas appliance. Gas appliances, unlike those powered by electricity, must also be serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This is to check that they’re safe for use and working efficiently. All of this comes with a cost, and the fact that you can’t attempt a repair yourself means you’re far more likely to have to get rid of a gas heater than an electric heater.

Flexible placement ensures continued use

You may invest in a heater for one room only, but you’ll more than likely want to use a heater in different rooms, at different times of the year. As opposed to electric heaters, which will only require a plug to work, gas heaters come with a whole host of issues that can impact where and when you use them. Not only are they heavy and unwieldy, meaning they’re harder to transfer between rooms, but their safety profile will also limit their location. The placement of a carbon monoxide monitor, as well as proximity to pets or children as a safety hazard, must all factor into the location of a gas heater. Also, gas heaters should only be used in well-ventilated rooms. This is not only because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning but also because they produce condensation. This can lead to damp and mould problems down the line. The fact gas heaters require ventilation is actually a really important issue, given that you’ll tend to use them when it’s cold, and won’t want to have to open a window.

Functionality equates to durability

The fact that electric heaters come with amazing programming features means that they’ll definitely be the most flexible option for your home, and will stand the test of time. Here are just some of the features you can look out for on electric heaters, that you won’t see on the majority of gas appliances:


  1. Smart heaters - We all live busy lives, so being able to control where and when you have heat is hugely important, not to mention cost-effective. Smart thermostats have revolutionised the way we run the central heating in our homes, but having WiFi connectivity on heaters is also hugely beneficial. With this tech, you can schedule and control your heaters from your smartphone or computer.
  2. LCD Displays - These are fantastic for letting you know when the room is getting too hot. Some models will automatically switch off if the heater temperature gets too high
  3. Frost protection – This feature will automatically switch on the heater if the room drops below 5 degrees centigrade.
  4. Remote control – You may not want WiFi connectivity, but many electric heaters come with remote controls. So you can still control the temperature from the comfort of your armchair!
  5. Climate control – This feature ensures the heater maintains a comfortable ambient room temperature, without you having to touch the thermostat.
  6. Cold air setting – We all know how hot our homes can get in the summer. Let’s face it, they’re built to keep the heat in! Some fan heaters have a cold air setting, so they double up as air conditioners in warmer weather.

Efficiency means lower running costs

While this might not impact how long heaters actually last, it’s definitely a consideration in how long you might keep a gas heater. Electric heat is 100% efficient; energy is immediately converted to heat, meaning none is lost in the process of creating heat energy. Gas systems are inherently inefficient, as not all of the energy is converted to heat. Some will be lost in the creation of light, exhaust fumes and moisture. Indeed, although we’ve always thought of electricity being more expensive than gas, the costs are quite surprising when it comes to heaters. According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy, electric convector heaters have a running cost of 29p/hour; gas convector heaters running on LPG meanwhile will have running costs of 50p/hour.

Environmental impact

We all want to be a part of a better future. For future generations, we need to care for our environment. The one way we can make a difference? Moving away from using fossil fuels. From the houses we live into the cars we drive, we can all make a difference. Given that in the UK, gas is the biggest contributor to fossil fuel emissions, this means switching to electricity. To support this shift, the Government has in fact decided to impose a ban on gas boilers from as early as 2025. All of this means that investing in any kind of gas appliance isn’t the wisest of investments, as gas will one day become obsolete.



So as you can see, how long a heater lasts isn’t just a case of how long it’s actually throwing out heat. It’s all about future-proofing your purchases and making sure you have something easy to maintain, uses clean energy and is safe, reliable and efficient to run. If you’re interested in making the switch to electric heating then get in touch today. We can assess your needs and guide you to the best solution for your home or business. Contact us on 01252 560770 or email the team at; alternatively, for a fast expert quote, simply complete our handy 2-minute self-survey form.


Top 10 Heating Hacks for 2021

Last month, we published the post 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill Going Into 2021. In the article, we gave tips on how to save money on your heating bills, such as upgrading your boiler, investing in smart thermostats and switching energy suppliers. But what else can you do? Are there simple hacks that you can use to ensure your home stays as warm as possible, using the least possible energy? At a time when we’re at home more than ever before, heating our properties when they’re usually empty, it’s easy to rack up energy costs. Indeed, heating accounts for half of our monthly energy bills, so any savings that can be made in this area can have a significant impact on monthly outgoings.


Here are our top ten heating hacks for 2021. All are simple and straightforward. Also, most importantly for those looking to save money, they’re all either low-cost solutions or won’t cost a thing:


  1. Embrace zone heating

If you’re trying to save money on your heating bills then there are two things you can do to prevent energy wastage. Firstly, turn your thermostat down to the lowest possible temperature. The government recommends a setting of 18 degrees for the whole house, but if this is too chilly then we recommend 19-20 degrees. However, the second step you can take will drive even more savings. This is zone heating your home. Essentially, zone heating is thinking about where and when you need the heat. If you have a traditional thermostat that governs the whole house, this will involve setting the valves on individual radiators in each room, warming used rooms more than empty ones. If you have smart thermostats you can take it one step further, directing the heat as and where you need it most. Why heat the bedrooms during the day? Why heat the living room at night? By thinking about zone heating, you can easily minimise energy wastage.


  1. Have a shower not a bath

Yes, we know that having a bath is a great way to warm up. But by switching to a shower you’ll not only save on water usage, but you’ll also use far less hot water, driving energy savings. If you want to invest further in this solution, you can fit an energy-efficient shower head. This works by limiting the flow rate to 7-8 litres per minute. Also, during the summer, think about taking a cooler shower, this will help ensure energy bills are kept to a minimum in warmer months.


  1. Insulate your windows and doors

There’s nothing worse than pumping heat out of radiators but knowing that cold air is seeping in around doors and windows. This is both costly and futile. So inspect your windows and doors, and invest in some low-cost quick fixes. For your windows, unwanted gaps can be blocked using draught-proofing strips. These can be purchased from major DIY stores and are really easy to stick around window frames. There are two types: low-cost self-adhesive foam strips and plastic or metal brush strips, which cost a little more but are longer lasting. For windows that don’t open, use a silicone sealant. When it comes to doors, gapping around the frame can be remedied using draught-proof strips. For draughts coming under the door, install a brush or hinged draught excluder, or even a simple cushion draught excluder. Also, consider a letterbox flap and a purpose-made metal key cover to completely seal your entrance from draughts.


  1. Add curtains and rugs

There’s nothing like soft furnishings to warm a space, give it character and make it feel like home. The current trend for stripped wood floors, open-plan spaces and blinds, however, can make a space feel cool and create echoes. As contemporary as space looks, these aesthetics might be on trend but they can be unwelcoming, particularly if you’re struggling to keep the space warm. A simple heating hack here is to install curtains and a deep-pile rug. Also, think about opening your curtains or blinds during the day to make the most of the warming sunlight, and closing them as soon as the sun goes down, to preserve heat in the room.


  1. Block the chimney

Many of us own homes with a lovely open fireplace but never use it for heating. This means that there’s a space in your home that’s allowing warm air to escape from the home. So to prevent this heat loss, consider blocking up any unused chimney flues. You can do this using a chimney cap, or a more temporary option such as a chimney balloon.


  1. Leave the oven door open after cooking

We use our ovens pretty much daily, especially during these unprecedented times,  with pandemic restrictions making dining out seem like a thing of the past. But how many of us shut the oven door after cooking a meal? Think about it, you’ve warmed the internal temperature to as high as 250 degrees centigrade! That will take a while to cool down, so rather than leave all that lovely heat inside the oven, leave the door slightly open and let it warm your kitchen. (Although please note, obviously you have to use your judgement here if you have young children running around).


  1. Use a hot water bottle

For some, climbing into cool bed sheets is bliss, for others, it’s very unwelcoming. If you like to get into warm bedding, then keep heating costs to a minimum by using a good old-fashioned hot water bottle. Simply place the hot water bottle under your duvet or blankets, and towards the foot of the bed. This is a simple solution and means you won’t need to switch on that electric blanket or keep the radiators on overnight.


  1. Close off unused rooms

This may sound obvious, but heat not only rises but a lot is lost moving to cooler rooms. Even if you’ve turned the heating down in unused rooms, if the door is open then you’ll lose heat from the rooms where you need it most. So make sure your bedroom doors are shut during the day, as well as the doors to unused rooms downstairs. At night, close off all downstairs doors.


  1. Move soft furnishings away from radiators and windows

Warm air from radiators needs to move unimpeded across a room. If you have sofas or chairs pushed up against a radiator then try moving them forward by a few inches. This will prevent the furniture from absorbing the heat. The gap created will also allow the warm air to freely circulate in the room. Maybe consider a summer and winter configuration, if space is at a premium.


  1. Put tin foil behind radiators

This may not be the most aesthetically pleasing solution, but it’s actually one of the most productive and straightforward heating hacks out there. However, rather than the tin foil we use for baking, you’ll need to purchase specialist silver foil from a DIY store. It’s very cheap – on average costing £7 a roll – and can be installed using wallpaper paste. The foil then reflects heat into the house, preventing it from being absorbed by the walls.


We hope these heating hacks will help you save money on your heating bills. If you’re still struggling to heat your home and want to know more about the best electric heating options, then get in touch today. We can help direct you to the most energy-efficient electric radiators and heaters on the market. Contact us at or you can call one of our team on 01252 560770.

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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


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 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

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 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.