Category: Electric Heating

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Solid and nice looking heaters. Nice service and delivery very quick. I like this company for the no nonsense approach. I recommend highly.

09 October 2019

Economy 7 Tariff – What exactly is it?

If your household is already home to a legacy heater system , then chances are you are probably already familiar with the Economy 7 tariff. Although Economy 7 is designed to make electric heating more affordable by being used in conjunction with night time heat storage systems, many find this system to be inconvenient to use.

Unfortunately, this tariff is vulnerable to sudden inflation caused by the use of alternative electrical heating appliances which aren’t best suited to this particular tariff.

How does Economy 7 work?

This particular tariff is designed to be used in homes that aren’t fitted with the standard gas central heating system, as it allows the occupants to benefit from a cheaper form of electricity at certain times of the day (usually night-time) and for a duration of up to 7 hours hence the term Economy 7. The most obvious indicator that your household is fitted with an Economy 7 heating system, is that there will confusingly be two metres for you to read from. One is for daytime or peak hours and the other is for night time or off-peak heating. The system will automatically switch between the two, allowing you to change the amount that you are paying for your energy bills.  Many people report how difficult this makes it to keep track of how much electrictiy you are using.

Why was Economy 7 Introduced?

Demand for electricity naturally declines overnight when everyone tends to go to sleep and the household shuts down for the night. Economy 7 was introduced to encourage individuals to take advantage of the electricity that was produced by power stations, allowing legacy heaters to charge up and release the built-up energy throughout the course of the day.  However, many users report how extortionate the daytime tariff can be.

Are you using Night Time Legacy Heaters?

If you are using night time legacy heaters and you aren’t already on the Economy 7 tariff, then you are almost certainly paying over the odds for your electricity. However, if you are already on the Economy 7 tariff it may also be worth checking if you could not benefit from using a far more economical tariff for daytime usage.

Have you just Moved House?

If you have just moved into a new property or are exploring potential homes, there are a few telltale signs that will enable you to ascertain whether or not said property uses an outdated Economy 7 tariff.
• Does the property have two readers? Generally speaking Economy 7 households will have two readers.
• Look at your previous bills – there should be two rates listed on your bill if you have Economy 7 in your household. A MPAN (metre point access number) may also be listed on your bill. This will begin with 02 if you are on the Economy 7 tariff.
• If in doubt – ask us here at Electric Heating Expert for advice .

I have Economy 7. Now what?

• Unfortunately on Economy 7 you will be charged more for your energy consumption between the hours of 7am and 11pm meaning that your bills will rise if this is when you use electricity

• Don’t sign up for the Economy 7 tariff if you and your family rely on other sources of heating such as electric radiators, electric towel rails and infrared panels, as you won’t benefit.

• If your household uses heating predominately during daylight hours, then your energy consumption costs will be significantly higher during peak times with Economy 7 when costs rise, so it is worth asking an expert about a different tariff.

If you are looking to switch from legacy heaters to an affordable alternative or would like to learn more about the newer tariffs, then why not contact our team of experts today on 01252 560770.

Economical Electric Heaters – A Guide from Electric Heating Experts

Fall Back in Love with Electric Heating

With the clocks going back and temperatures already falling, most of us have already switched on our heating for the foreseeable future and have resigned ourselves to the fact that our electricity bills will be significantly higher as a direct consequence.

But what if we could all find an electric heater that is versatile, economically efficient, modern, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and perhaps most important of all – actually effective when it comes to heating larger open plan spaces within our household?

Thanks to our team of experts at Electric Heating Experts we have devised a full comprehensive guide to help you and your family or business decide on what type of heating solution is best for you.

Vantage Electric Radiator

• A full 10-Year warranty included as standard.
• The open window sensor ensures that you save on unnecessary heating costs, by automatically switching off when an open window or door is detected.
• Fast heat-up option for when you need it most and a gradual heat release for consistent heating during the colder months.
• 24/7 programming to help you reduce your energy consumption when you need to save on your bills.

Economiser Electric Radiator

• Heat retaining fireclay cores for longer lasting heat retention, helping to keep you and your family warmer for longer.
• A full 30-year warranty period of your radiator for complete peace of mind.
• 24/7 programming for complete flexibility.
• Low height models available for windows fitted with lower window sills.

Modus Towel Rail

• Comes with its own hand remote for complete control.
• Its stylish and compact design makes it great for smaller spaces such as a downstairs toilet.
• Comes with energy-saving functions and its own eco setting.

EcoPanelXT Panel Heater

• 5 year warranty comes as standard on this stylish panel heater (Body, core and elements).
• Silent operation for a peaceful ambience.
• Discreet controls are hidden away on the top for ease of control.
• Waste is minimised thanks to the proportional thermostatic controls.
• Adaptive start function enables you to enjoy more flexibility when it comes to heating your home.

Economical Electricity

Unsurprisingly, electric radiators still prove to be a popular choice amongst many consumers and with much of our range coming in at less than £300 per device; you too can take advantage of some our fantastic offers. Moreover, by investing in an electric radiator you may be able to help cut your energy bills, which in turn will help you to save money either for further home improvements or perhaps even a spot of Christmas shopping.

Energy Saving Accessories

• Smart Hub WiFi Gateway – This little device enables you and your loved ones to have complete control over your electric radiator with a simple tap on your smartphone. Simply plug the device into your router for real-time adjustment.
• Steel castors – whilst these little gems aren’t actually energy saving in the own right, they do enable you to move your electric heating device from one room to another, simply attach these powder-coated steel castors for a safe free-standing, mobile heating solution. Great if you have a conservatory, study or spare room that requires some additional heating.

What is the Best Option for me?

Whilst today’s modern heating solutions will often come with 24/7 programming as standard, other features can help you to cut costs further. Our smart WiFi hub is a great example of this as it enables you complete flexibility and can be added on at a later date. In addition, to our fantastic selection of heating accessories solutions, our Vantage range also includes a built-in sensor that automatically detects when a window or door has been left open.

Personalised Service

At Electric Heating Experts we promised to provide advice and guidance, whilst enabling you to make an informed choice and will never force you to make a purchase. We are confident that you will love our range, but why not contact us for a quote and to discuss your requirements?

How Much Do Electric Radiators Cost to Run?

If there is one question that always crops up, then it’s how much do electric radiators cost to run? In an ideal world, we would be able to give one figure for the exact running costs of a heating appliance for everyone, but the simple truth of the matter is that we can’t. This is because there are many different factors that will influence the final cost of your household electricity bill. Some of which we have covered below:

What Factors Can Have an Impact on My Electricity Bill?

1. How big is the room which you wish to heat? Naturally, the larger the room, the greater the amount of energy you will use and therefore your bill will reflect this.
2. How old is your house? Unless you have already made changes to an older property, then your household may lack sufficient insulation and thus be less energy efficient.
3. What are your individual requirements? Everyone is different and we will all have different comfort levels when it comes to heating our homes. Of course, the more people that there are in our household, the more we are likely to use a greater level of electricity throughout the house, as we may be in different rooms at any one time.
4. How exposed is your property to the natural elements? In the cocoon that is your home, it can feel like you are protected from harsh winds, torrential downpours, and cold storms. But how exposed our homes are to the elements, can have an impact on how much our radiators have to work to keep us and our families warm. Terraced homes with houses either side of them will naturally be able to retain heat for longer, as it will benefit from a higher level of residual heat. A fully detached home, however, will be exposed from more sides and consequently won’t be able to benefit from residual heat. This is especially true for north-facing properties which are especially prone to harsher winds.
5. Time of year – In the Summer you will most likely use a lot less electricity and heating because the weather tends to be warmer.

Calculating Your Electricity Bill

Taking all of the above points into consideration, you can still do a simple calculation to help you gain a better insight into what the potential running costs of an electric radiator may be for you. This basic calculation is:

(Radiator output (kW) x hours in use) x pence per kW hour = daily cost of radiator (p)

It is important to note that this calculation doesn’t allow for daily variables to be taken into consideration, and should only be used as a rough estimate. Another factor that will influence how much electricity you use will be how long you are home, as you won’t be using the heating whilst out at work, school or away on holiday.

Do You Want to Control Your Heating?

If you are concerned about the rising costs of heating, then you can take control of your heating remotely from the comfort of your sofa or whilst out and about, by installing a smart hub WiFi gateway for £162.00. This app will enable you to programme your radiator via an app which allows real-time adjustment. Moreover, our radiators feature built in sensors which will automatically detect when a window has been left open, ensuring that power is cut off to help reduce energy consumption when it is no longer required.

Do you have a few more questions about electric radiators? Why not drop us a comment below? Our team of experts can also be contacted directly via our live chat or at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk

 

Heating Hideaways – How to Hide your Electric Radiator

Dual Purpose Heating Solutions

Radiators really are a dual purpose appliance, whilst they primarily act as a much needed source of warmth and heating in the winter months, they can also serve as an iconic piece within our household interior and may even help to create an altogether unique ambience, by simply painting a cast –iron design in a bold colour.

However, if you are the proud owner of an electric radiator, then creating an iconic focal point can prove to be an entirely new challenge. Fancy painting your appliance? Think again, as the paint may leak into the wiring causing a potentially hazardous situation. As for covering the device altogether, well this may have an undesirable impact on the thermostat.

Thinking of hiding your radiator behind the sofa? Of course, this is entirely your own prerogative and one which you are of course entitled to do. However, as any good interior designer will tell you, the only problem with this, is that you block off the heat source and consequently will almost certainly waste money, as no doubt you will find yourself turning up the temperature to help counteract the drop in temperature, particularly in those colder months when temperatures will plummet.

Heating Hideaways – How Do I Hide My Electric Radiator?

So how do you hide that electric radiator? Well, at electric heating expert, we offer two top ranges from Italy and Germany. Here are some options which you may wish to consider should you happen to decide to purchase a Vantage or Economiser radiator.

Discreet Designs – Dare to Bare

You need not worry about ghastly yellow panels or cracking with the Vantage electric radiator, as unlike other aluminium radiators within the electrical industry, the Vantage comes without the standard cheap plastic end panels and fascia. Instead, the Vantage design comes with powder-coated aluminium to ensure a discreet design that will fit perfectly into your modern home. White washed walls or a light grey would complement the look nicely for a fresh feel.

Modern Moments

Alternatively, you may wish to move your radiator around with a moment’s notice. Thanks to our Economiser, you can slide your radiator behind that sofa or move it into another room altogether. All you have to do is simply fit a pair of steel castors to the base of your radiator and you will automatically have yourself a safe, free-standing mobile heating solution.

Space Saving

If space is a pressing issue in your home, then you may wish to consider a compact vertical design that can even be placed close to water sources, perhaps in your bathroom. Our Modus electric towel rail is ideal for this, as it offers a stylish and practical solution.

Of course, there are many other ways you can disguise your electric radiator, some of which include the following:
• Place shelves directly above a radiator to help draw the eyes up and away from the heating appliance. This is a great solution as it doesn’t obstruct the radiator, offers a practical storage solution, doesn’t require any additional amendments for disguising an electrical radiator and is a fairly inexpensive option.
• Open fronted cabinets are another safe and stylish idea if you want to hide your radiator without affecting its efficiency. Make sure that you are still able to gain easy access to the control panel. Alternatively, if you have a smart hub WiFi gateway, then you will still be able to control your radiator with a press of a button from your mobile phone app.

Share your vision with us…

Do you have any better ideas for hiding your radiator? Why not share them with us in the comments below? Remember, we are always on hand if you feel that you would like to ask our team of experts any questions or need help turning your vision into reality.

Michael Baum

I have agonised about replacing my old storage heaters with modern units that will be efficient and both easy to operate my problem has been resolved by purchasing five units from Electric Heating Expert. For anyone thinking about installing electric heaters look no further, ask for a quote from the above supplier and I feel confident you will be satisfied with the result. I now run all my heaters and immersion heater on a daily tariff and although it is not yet the depth of Winter my daily consumption of kwh is now approx costing me about £3.50 per day far less than my previous Economy 7 tariff. To say I am delighted by my purchase of these heaters is an understatement. For anyone like me who remained undecided hesitate no longer you have the answer above.

16 September 2019

IP Ratings: How to Choose Your Bathroom Heater with Electric Heating Expert

Warm Towels Guaranteed.

Bathroom Heaters are an essential part of any bathroom; especially if you enjoy wrapping yourself up in a super soft warm towel after a long leisurely soak in the tub. But before dismissing the idea of adopting an electric heater within your spa like bathroom, hear what some of our experts have to say on our range of electric radiators, and why they may actually be a fantastic alternative to standard gas radiators.

Electricity and Water don’t mix!

From a young age we are taught about the dangers of mixing water with electricity, our natural instincts let us know that unless we want to endure a nasty electric shock, then we should stay well clear.

Electric Heaters are the Future.

However, when it comes to radiators, electric heaters can actually prove to be a sustainable alternative to other options, such as gas radiators or panel heaters. Of course, if you are considering adopting an electric heater for your bathroom, then one crucial factor that you should think about is the IP rating of your preferred radiator.

What are IP Ratings?

IP Ratings refer to a combination of two factors, the first digit outlines how much protection the radiator has against solid objects, and the second digit refers to protection against liquids, such as water.

Naturally the higher the number, the greater the level of protection offered. In terms of water, all of our designs offer a minimum IP Rating of 3 which offers protection against water spray from a 60-degree angle. If you want to guarantee additional protection from water splashing from all angles, then we would recommend our Vantage radiator or Modus electric towel rail as they come with an IP Rating of 4. The Modus electric towel rail also offers protection against a solid object that is greater than 1.0mm such as a thin strap making it the perfect choice for families with younger ones. With prices from around £240.00 for a 400W design, you can afford to upgrade your heating without compromising on quality.

Straight Forward DIY Installation.

Unlike other electric radiators, our electric radiators are easy to install and come with DIY instructions as standard, along with all the necessary fixtures and fittings. Whilst there is no need to pay out for an expensive electrician, we are more than happy to assist you and will offer any advice that you may require. We do recommend, as a general rule, that all electrical radiators should be located a minimum of 60 cm away from a bathtub, sink or shower. Moreover, whilst the IEE Wiring Regulations state you can technically place a device with an IP rating of 4 in Zone 1 of a bathroom, we wouldn’t recommend placing it directly above your bathtub or shower as this could prove to be very tricky.

What’s the best electric radiator for my bathroom?

This will depend on the requirements of you, your family and your household. However, the Modus towel heater rail enables you to dry your towels safely whilst minimising the risk of damp developing. Moreover, unlike electric radiators, our towel rail can be fixed higher up on the wall which offers greater flexibility when it comes to its overall placement, making it a great choice for small bathrooms.

How do I locate your IP Ratings?

You can find the IP ratings for all of our range under each individual device in the technical section. If you are unsure as to which range to go for, or need more information on IP Ratings, the installation process or have some general concerns about placing an electric radiator or towel rail in your bathroom, then why not contact us on 01252 560770 or drop us an email at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk

Forget Bathroom Towel Rails – Kitchen Towel Rails are the Future!

Bathroom Towel RailWhy Should Towel Rails Be in Our Kitchens?

What’s the first thing that pops into your head whenever someone mentions towel rails to you? Is it that comforting, warm feeling that you get from wrapping yourself up in a fresh new towel? Perhaps it’s those Egyptian cotton towels that evoke a sense of luxury in your favourite London hotel.

Now, whilst towel rails are famous for featuring in our family bathroom, our team at Electric Heating Experts are here to tell you exactly why towel rails shouldn’t be restricted to just one room in your household. In fact, here are just a few reasons why you should let go of any previous preconceptions that you may have had surrounding towel rails.

Unleash your Creativity

Kitchens are the perfect place to enjoy that comforting cosy feeling, especially during the colder months when you are preparing a hearty home cooked meal and have all of your loved ones around a table, or you may be entertaining a few guests.

By installing a towel rail in your kitchen, you can really enhance the look and feel of your cooking space. Moreover, thanks to their versatility, towel rails are a fantastic source of heating, particularly in smaller kitchens where space is limited.

Multipurpose Towel Rails

Whilst you will most likely use your electric towel rail as a source of storage for some of those additional tea towels, unlike traditional gas radiators, towel rails can also be fixed to the wall and placed within 60cm of any potential water sources, such as sinks, meaning you and your guests can enjoy a warm kitchen without running the risk of accidentally electrocuting yourself.

Of course, the compact design of your towel rail will naturally free up some additional space for you to store groceries, saucepans or wine in. Moreover, it means you needn’t worry about clogging up all of your drawers with an endless supply of tea towels.

Modern Modus Towel Rail

So, now we have cleared that up. Your next question is probably which electric towel rail should I choose? There is only one answer and that is the Modus towel rail of course. The Modus comes with 24/7 programming for complete flexibility, a remote control so that your towel rail can be adjusted at the press of a button, as well as the option to add additional features such as our smart hub Wi-Fi gateway which enables you to control your towel rail either with your smart phone or tablet, even when you are away from home. Another great feature also included, is its built in window sensor, which can detect when a door or window has been left open, making it automatically shut down to help reduce your energy bills and consumption. This, in turn, will see your electricity bills drop significantly over the course of the year.

Technical Talk

If you are curious about the possibility of exploring the use of a towel rail in your kitchen, but have a few questions that you would like answered first. How do I install it? Where can it go? How much will it cost? Then why not give us a call today on 01252 560770 or chat with one of our team by dropping us an email over at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk where we will be more than happy to assist you.

Why not explore our full range?

The Modus is just one example of what we can offer you at Electric Heating Experts, our Vantage and Economiser ranges can also provide value for money, as well as reliable electric heating from some of the industry’s top radiators.

New Home Buyers of 2025 – How Will the Latest Legislation Affect You?

Environmental Issues

Global warming, green house gases and our individual impact on the environment aren’t exactly an issue that has been born overnight. Fortunately though, after many years of scientists telling us to act before it is inevitably too late, it seems that the government are finally starting to stand up and take action in a bid to cut the UK’s emissions.

So, How exactly will the New Standards for New Homes in 2025 Effect you?

Well, if you are planning on buying a new home from 2025 onwards, then you may need to think again about how exactly you plan on warming your household during the colder months, as traditional heating methods that rely on fossil fuels, such as gas boilers, will be banned according to Philip Hammond, who stated that new standards will become mandatory.

What Alternative Heating Methods are Available to me?

Thanks to modern technology there are already several options available to you which include:

• Solar panel heating
• Wood Burners
• Electric radiators

What do Electric Heating Expert Recommend?

At Electric Heating Expert we tend to favour electric radiators and, in particular, we love the Vantage and Economiser ranges, as they offer silent operation, user friendly controls for full flexibility and built in sensors that can detect when a window or door has been left open, ensuring that your heating bill is kept as low as possible thanks to the automatic shut down function. Depending on your individual requirements and budget, you may find one range is better suited to you than the other. Thanks to our team of experts who have a wealth of knowledge, and over 50 years of combined experience, we are confident we can help whatever you decide to do.

What are the Key Differences between the Vantage and Economiser?

• The Economiser comes with an impressive 30 year warranty. Whereas, the Vantage only comes with a 10 year warranty.
• The Economiser can be controlled via a WiFi app from your phone.
• Prices for the Economiser start from £395 and the Vantage starts at £252
• The surface temp control on the Vantage range makes it ideal for use near children, public buildings or care homes.
• The lower models from the Economiser range make them ideal for homes with low window sills or for use in conservatories.
• The Economiser offers a free-standing option for more flexibility.

Which Electric Radiator is Right for me then?

If you require greater flexibility, a compact design, a device that can be moved around to ensure your heating requirements are met throughout the year and a longer warranty, the Economiser is probably your best option. However, if you aren’t worried about using your radiator in multiple rooms, are on a tighter budget and need a short term fix to your heating solutions, the Italian built Vantage will provide high quality radiators that do exactly what you need. Remember, we do have a team of dedicated experts at Electric Heating Experts, so feel free to give us a call on 01252 560770 or drop us an email at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk and we will be more than happy to discuss your requirements to help you ascertain exactly what range is best for you, your family or business.

Not sure if an Electric Radiator is Right for you or your Family?

If the proposals from Philip Hammond haven’t convinced you that electric is the way to go in the future, then why not give our article a read here on the pros and cons of electric vs gas?

Save Money for Your Business with Electric Heating Experts

Small Business SavingsCurrent Business Issues – An Increase in 2019 Business Rates

Running a business in the UK is no easy feat and with 2019 witnessing a significant rise in business rates, it is hardly surprising that so many businesses are struggling to keep up with their operational costs.

So where can business directors seek solace in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace? Perhaps online where they can market their products and/or services without incurring those business rates that we spoke about earlier. But what if your business provides a service that can’t deliver online – take a care home, for example. How do organisations navigate the minefield then?

Let Electric Heating Expert Help Your Business

Whilst Electric Heating Expert can’t provide business advice and consultation for every individual, one thing we can assist you with is finding a heating solution that helps you to reduce your operational costs, keeps your employees or customers warm throughout the colder season and offers flexibility from a cost effective heating solution.

Small But Mighty

At Electric Heating Expert we provide a small range of electric radiators and that is because we believe that we offer the best devices within the electric radiator sector. Moreover, by offering a selective range, we keep things simple for our customers – just the way we like to do business. After all, who has time to look at hundreds of radiators when in reality, there isn’t an awful lot of difference between the vast majority of them.

Economiser – German Built Excellence

When we mention the word economy many of us would probably define it as basic, cheap and affordable. Or alternatively, as an individual who is thrifty with their cash. But economising doesn’t have to necessarily mean compromising on quality. At Electric Heating Expert we believe that it is possible for you to have both, thanks to our Economiser range! It is a firm favourite with many of our loyal customers.

What Makes the Economiser So Great?

• It has a user friendly interface as standard.
• It can be used in conjunction with our smart WiFi hub gateway for 24/7 access to your heating needs, from as little as £162.
• Our adaptive start function helps to reduce energy wastage and cut operational costs for your business.
• 30 year warranty on the body, internal ceramic plates and multiple heating elements for full peace of mind in the unlikely event something happened to go wrong.
• Can be paired with some steel castors for a safe free-standing , mobile heating solution. This is particularly useful in compact offices.
• DIY Installation – the Economiser can be installed in minutes, making it ideal for businesses on the go.

Endless Benefits

These are just some of the many benefits and features that you and your business can enjoy when you invest in one of our Economiser radiators. If you would like to discuss your business requirements with us, then a member of our team at Electric Heating Expert will be more than happy to assist you. Why not give us a call today or drop us a message directly online?

Some things that you may wish to consider before investing in an electric radiator include:

• How much space do you need to heat? Is it a small compact office or a large open plan office?
• Do you require a free-standing device for complete flexibility or will a fixed appliance meet your needs?
• Does your heating needs change depending on the day, time or season?
• Will you be using a heating device near open windows/doors frequently?
• What is your business’s budget?
• How many radiators will you require?