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How to Be Energy Efficient

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the best standalone heaters for your home and outlined the many benefits conveyed by using electric heaters and radiators. In this article, we’d like to help you maximise energy efficiency in your home or place of work.

Why be Energy Efficient?

For the Environment

In today’s eco conscious world, where the focus is on minimising the use of fossil fuels and moving to green energy sources such as wind and solar farms, it may be tempting to think that one day energy efficiency maybe won’t be such an issue. However, the seasonal nature of these very energy sources and the fact they’re so contingent upon weather conditions will always place pressure on manufacturers to produce the most energy efficient appliances and heating products. This very fact also means that consumers should look to adopt energy efficient practices, ensuring they use the minimum energy for maximum output.

To Reduce Household Spending

Being energy efficient translates to using less energy, which can only mean one thing. Whether you use electricity, gas, oil or even a wood burner to heat your home, using less energy to live in your desired environment will mean lower bills. Which means cost savings, and more money in your pocket.

How can you be Energy Efficient?

Here are some ways in which you can do your bit to be more energy efficient – not just for the environment, but also to reduce your household spending:

  1. Replace your Boiler

According to official figures, nearly 70% of energy use in our households goes towards heating. As newer and more energy efficient models hit the market, upgrading your old boiler for an energy efficient condensing boiler will definitely save on energy use and reduce your monthly bills. Indeed, upgrading from a G- to an A-rated boiler can significantly improve efficiency, saving you upwards of £200 per year.

  1. Go Electric

If you’re considering upgrading your boiler, then why not look to move away from a traditional gas boiler and install a new electric heating system? Not only is electric heat 100% efficient, but each unit runs independently so you have optimal control over the temperature within each room of your house.

  1. Use Secondary Heating

If replacing your whole heating system isn’t an option, then consider running it on the lowest setting possible, but supplementing the heat in individual rooms using electric heaters. These are a great means to boost the heat in rooms and zones of your house or place of work. Some models also come with smart technology, allowing you to warm areas before you’re home.

  1. Install New Glazing

If you’re struggling with the noise pollution and cold draughts from single pane windows, then it’s time to upgrade to double glazing. Not only will double glazing keep the heat in, but it will also reduce condensation and insulate your home from external noise. When it comes to glazing, it’s also worth considering making maximum use of external light, by going more open plan and relying less on artificial light, or using light wells in dark hallways and corridors. Another point concerning lighting, given that 15% of annual electricity usage goes on lighting, think about only having the lights on in the rooms you use. Also, replace your bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs.

  1. Insulate your Loft

Within our homes, 25% of heat can be lost through an uninsulated loft. By installing loft installation, you can minimise this heat loss and save yourself £120-£225 per year. It typically costs less than £400 to insulate the loft in a detached property, and given that loft insulation lasts for up to 40 years, this energy efficiency tip will pay for itself many times over.

  1. Install Cavity Wall Insulation

Walls are another great source of heat loss, accounting for a staggering 35% of heat loss from your home. Filling your walls with cavity wall insulation will shield your home, saving you £70-£255 a year.

  1. Install Solar Panels

Solar panels offer an excellent means by which to not only generate your own power, but also to sell it back to suppliers, via the SEG (Smart Export Guarantee) which came into effect this year. Although the initial outlay can be high – up to £8,000 – solar panels can supply 40% of a household’s power. They also work even when it’s cloudy so are perfect for the UK market, and over time will not only save you money but you’ll also be doing your bit for environment.

  1. Power Down

We’ve already alluded to this in point 3, but use the minimum power possible to meet your needs. This means turning your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting – the WHO recommends a slightly chilly 18°C but the Energy Saving Trust advises a more realistic setting of 18-21°C. Additionally, don’t leave appliances on standby; on average, this can cost households £50-£86 per year.

  1. Replace Appliances

Old appliances, just like old boilers, will have lower energy ratings and as a consequence have far lower energy ratings. This means higher energy usage and higher bills.

  1. Maintain and Service

Regularly service boilers, heaters and appliances to ensure they’re working optimally and at their most efficient. This includes annual services for boilers and regularly descaling kettles and irons.

  1. Install a Smart Meter

Smart meters not only feed your meter readings directly to your energy supplier, which means no more tedious readings, but they also provide real-time data on your energy usage. This means you can accurately monitor your daily usage, and specifically pinpoint where savings can be made.

  1. Switch Suppliers

There are over 60 energy suppliers in the UK, and a vast array of tariffs on offer, so it pays to shop around and switch if a better deal is on offer. For the most up- to date deals, go to Uswitch.

We hope that’s given you some good ideas to improve the energy efficiency of your homes – or place of work. For help finding the best energy efficient electric radiators and electric heaters, then contact us on 01252 560770. Alternatively, you can email us on enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk and one of our expert team will get back to you.

Efficiency and Safety of Standalone Heaters for your Home

Even the best-insulated homes occasionally need a boost of heat; either in extremely cold temperatures or rooms that are close to an external door or a draughty window. Rather than overhaul a perfectly functioning central system, if you’re just looking for temporary heat in specific rooms, then it’s time to invest in a standalone heater. These individual units work separately from your main heating supply and can also be an excellent backup if there’s a power failure or your central heating system fails. In this post, we’ll review portable and fixed standalone heaters for indoor use, investigating the efficiency and functionality of electric, gas and solid fuel options.

Types of Portable Heaters

The main advantage of portable heaters has got to be their flexibility – you can move them to any room in the house that requires additional heat. So from this perspective, portable heaters are a great option. Indoor solid fuel stoves will be fixed, so you have two energy options here – electric or gas. Your choice of heater includes:

Electric

oil filled radiator
convector heater
fan heater
infra-red bar heater

Bottled Gas

infra-red radiant
catalytic
living flame

Types of Fixed Heaters

Fixed heaters will be wall-mounted. One of the main advantages of a fixed wall heater is the safety aspect. There’s no danger of the unit falling over; also, the fixed power supply means that you’re not constantly unplugging and plugging in an electric cable, or trying to carry a heavy gas bottle around the house. They are, however, as the name suggests, fixed. So you can only heat the room they’re installed in – be that to provide low-level, occasional heat in an area of low footfall, such as a basement or garage, or to provide toasty heat in a front room during the chilly winter months.

Again, your choice of unit will also depend on the energy source, and options include the following:

Electric

wall mounted convection heater
wall mounted fan heater
electric stove or fireplace

Gas

living flame fireplace
wall mounted heater

Solid Fuel

wood burning stove
biomass stove
coal fireplace/stove

Portable Heaters – Gas versus Electric

When it comes to portable heaters, there are many options available depending on the type of fuel you want to use, the amount of heat required and your budget. To help guide your decision on whether to go with a gas or electric heater, you need to be aware of the following:

· Efficiency – electric heaters work fast, and the amount of energy used is equal to the amount of heat produced, making them 100% efficient.

· Weight – As opposed to lightweight fan and convector heaters, portable gas heaters are heavy and unwieldy, so are harder to move from room to room.

· Safety – When it comes to safety issues, the main drawbacks with portable heaters are stability and the fact that they can become incredibly hot. Therefore, they present a fire hazard and, if you have small children or pets, you need to be mindful of where you’re placing these heaters. This is especially true of gas appliances, which don’t tend to come with the same controllability as their electric counterparts. Also, with gas, you need to ensure you have a carbon monoxide monitor; a faulty gas heater won’t burn the gas completely, creating carbon monoxide which is very dangerous to your health. It can lead to dizziness and fainting, and prolonged exposure can be fatal. This is why you should never use an outdoor gas heater indoors, as it requires a lot of ventilation to ensure the gas burns completely.

Fixed Standalone Heaters – Gas versus Electric versus Solid Fuel

There are three energy sources on offer when it comes to standalone fixed heaters – gas, electric and solid fuel. Which you choose may well depend on your budget and the required aesthetics, but you also need to consider these issues when it comes to making that purchase:

· Safety – although fixed appliances are far safer than portable units, certain energy sources come with additional safety risks. For gas heaters, as mentioned above, this is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas is odourless and its effects insidious, so it’s essential to purchase a carbon monoxide monitor. In addition, solid fuel wood burning stoves release tiny particulates into the air. Known as PM2.5, these tiny particles are linked to a number of ailments, including cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia. In contrast, as electric heaters don’t burn fuel to produce heat, they have a far superior safety profile.

· Installation – fixed standalone electric heaters will only require wall fixings and a power source. However, fixed gas appliances and solid fuel stoves require expert installation. Gas fires will need to be attached to an external gas tank and can need a flue, while solid fuel stoves will require a flue or chimney. Not only can this be costly, but there may be restrictions on where you can place these units, and the building work will be disruptive.

· Functionality – In terms of functionality, electric heaters again win hands down. Gas fires and solid fuel stoves don’t come with many additional features to help you control heat output – they’ll either be lit or off, and have very little additional controllability. Electric heaters, on the other hand, come with many additional features, all of which will not only make your life easier but also ensure that you only have energy when and where you need it. These include: digital controls, for precise temperature control; a built-in timer switch, so you can set the heat to come on just when you need it and climate control, ensuring consistent heat is supplied. Some electric heaters are also now WiFi-enabled, allowing them to be controlled via a smartphone App or a voice assistant, making them not only practical but also uber-cool.

Environmental impact – One aspect we’ve not touched on yet, that’s extremely relevant for certain solid fuel stoves and propane gas heaters, is their detrimental effect on the environment. Consumers are now far more aware of the need to use clean, efficient energy and how detrimental burning fossil fuels is on the environment. For this reason, renewable energy – from wind and solar power – is becoming an increasingly important energy source. Indeed, during 2019, in the UK more energy came from renewable energy sources than burning fossil fuels across the whole 12 months of the year. So by going electric, you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint, which has got to be a good thing.

Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

Research shows that nearly 70% of energy used in UK households goes towards heating. This represents a considerable portion of household budgets, so along with an eye to the ecological benefits, many are now also looking at the efficiency of their heating systems. Looking specifically at fixed units, gas and solid fuel stoves are inherently inefficient as heat is lost out of the chimney or flue. Also, fossil fuels are not a finite source, and as Governments move away from subsidising these industries, we will see supplies dwindle and costs rise. Electric heat, on the other hand, is 100% efficient, and with renewable low-cost sources now dominating the arena, running costs are only set to go down. Given these facts, an electric unit has got to be the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly option.

If you’re interested in purchasing a standalone electric heater then get in touch today. We have a fantastic range of products and our experts can help guide you to the best electric heating option for your home or office. To find out more, call us on 01252 560770 or you can email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk.

Expert Advice on How to Buy the Best Electric Heater

If your heating system just isn’t up to scratch and you’re sat reading this wrapped in blankets, then it’s definitely time to think about investing in an electric heater. At one time seen as an expensive option, today’s electric heaters are incredibly energy efficient, and many come with a range of features such as WiFi connectivity, allowing you to control your heating from wherever you are. Not only are electric heaters now incredibly cost-effective, but given what we know about fossil fuels, it’s definitely time to throw away the firelighters, move away from propane gas heaters and look for a cleaner way to power our lives. Given this move to green, renewable energy, electricity is becoming the way forward, particularly when it comes to heating our homes.

If you’re thinking of investing in an electric heater, then a Google search will uncover a vast array of choices, so it can be difficult to know what to choose. We receive so many queries from customers, so we’ve compiled answers to the top queries, to help guide you to the right decision.

How Efficient is an Electric Heater?

When it comes to replacing your heating system, then there’s no doubt that electric radiators are the most energy-efficient and cost-effective type of electrical heating. However, if you need to boost the heat provided by a central heating system, then electric heaters are also an incredibly energy-efficient option. Indeed, given that many electric heaters convert power immediately into heat, electric heaters are considered to be nearly 100% efficient, meaning you are getting heat at the rate you’re using energy.

What are the Benefits of Electric Heaters?

Here are some of the benefits of electric heaters:

1. They’re cheap to run
Running costs for portable electric heaters can be incredibly low.  If you’re worried that you’ll be using the heater for the same amount of hours as a traditional boiler then don’t. They work really quickly, so your energy use will be limited.
2. Given how fast heaters work, this efficiency means you won’t have to wait long to feel the benefits of the boosted heat.
3. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes
In contrast to traditional radiators, electric heaters come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes. This means you can select the heater according to not only to your budget but also how powerful you need the heater to be, as well as the type and frequency of heat required.
4. They provide flexible heating
Electric heaters can be switched on in the room where you need heat the most, meaning energy isn’t wasted heating empty spaces. In fact, in many cases, it’s cheaper to purchase an electric heater to top up heat rather than simply turn up the boiler thermostat.

What Kind of Electric Heater do I Need?

These are the main types of electric heater, which one you choose will depend on how much you have to spend, the size of the room to be heated and how often you need the heat. You’ll also need to consider whether you want the heater to be wall-mounted or free-standing.

1. Convection heaters
These can be wall-mounted or portable and are incredibly useful in areas that only require occasional heat. They produce heat via convection alone, warming the air around them.
2. Fan heater
Fan heaters use an electric coil to produce heat; a fan then passes air over the heated coils, and the warm air is blown out across a room.
3. Oil-filled heaters
These tend to be cheaper to run.
4. Night storage heaters
Popular in the 70s, these wall-mounted heaters use a ceramic core to store heat at night, when energy is off-peak and cheaper. The stored heat is then slowly released during the day. This type of heater is no longer popular as it’s inflexible, unprogrammable and it’s cumbersome appearance means it definitely lacks aesthetic appeal.
5. Towel rails
OK, these might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of electric heaters, but electric towel rails are incredibly useful for warming small bathrooms and kitchens.

What are the Important Features to Look Out for?

Electric heaters are really easy to set up, and only require a normal plug socket to work. You literally take them out of the box, plug them in and they are ready to go. Make sure you read the instruction manual, as many electric heaters come with added extras. Here are a few features to look out for:

1. Timer switch
Being able to control when the heater comes on can be hugely useful. You can set the heater to come on just before you wake up, or just before you get home from work, meaning you have the heat exactly when you want it.
2. Frost protection
If you’re using an electric heater to combat frost and dampness in an area such as a garage, conservatory or basement, then look for models that come with frost protection.
3. Climate control
This feature is useful as it ensures the electric heater maintains a constant climate. Just set the temperature and the heater will come on and off as required; you’ll use less electricity this way as the heater will use less power maintaining a warm temperature than coming on regularly at a high setting. One important point to note here is that while electric heaters will consume less energy at low settings, this isn’t necessarily the best way to control your energy bills, as you need to think about the right heat setting to maintain the warmth you need.
4. WiFi enabled
Smart heaters use WiFi connectivity. This has got to be the ultimate in sophistication and these heaters also come with some great power-saving features.
5. Cold air setting

How much is an Electric Heater?

This will very much depend on the type of heater you choose, and where you buy it from. Lower-end fan heaters typically cost under £10, while smart heaters can be over £300. Once you’ve selected the model for you, it’s a good idea to do a price comparison. However, make sure you go with a retailer that has a good reputation and provides the best warranty terms.

We hope that’s helped you understand the many choices out there. As you can see, given the superior functionality of electric heaters, in particular smart heaters, electric heat can definitely be more efficient than heat from gas. If you’re thinking of investing in an electric heater, or making the switch from gas to a complete electric heating system, then our experts at Electric Heating Expert are on hand to provide helpful, friendly advice. Contact us on 01252 560770 or email enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk and let us guide you to the best electric heating solutions for your home or commercial property

Electric Radiators or Electric Heaters – Which is Right for you?

If you’re considering upgrading to an electrical heating system, or boosting the heat provided by your existing heating system, then you’ll be faced with a number of critical choices. One such decision is whether to invest in electric radiators or electric heaters, and if you go down the electric heater route, should you choose panel, fan or halogen heaters? In this post, we’ll help you understand the choices on offer, and help you decide what’s right for you.

Electric Radiators

Electric radiators are wall-mounted fixtures that are an excellent choice for heating rooms for long periods of time. All you need is a plus socket and wall fixings, and you’re good to go. Electric radiators use a heating medium such as thermodynamic fluid or a ceramic core to provide rooms with a combination of radiated and convected heat. They come with a number of benefits:
1. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, so can be selected for the size of each individual space, as well as the design and aesthetics.
2. Electric radiators come with digital controls and thermostats, allowing for incredibly accurate heat control.
3. These radiators can be pre-programmed, with many offering remote WiFi connectivity, allowing you to only have heat where and when you need it.
4. Each radiator works independently of each other, so you only heat the rooms you need to use.
5. The precise control of energy usage means more efficiency, allowing you to control your monthly bills.

Electric Heaters

Panel Heaters

Electric panel heaters produce heat through convection, heating the air around them and using this forced air to heat the room. Less efficient than electric radiators, these heaters are fantastic for providing additional warmth as a top up to your main heating system. This type of heater is great for a garage, basement or spare room – i.e. areas that only occasionally need to be heated. Panel heaters can be wall mounted or portable, depending on the location where heating is required.

Fan Heaters

These heaters are portable, so excellent for use in an emergency. They work by heating an electric coil, and then blowing the heat out. However, they’re quite noisy, as well as expensive to run, so you wouldn’t use a fan heater on a daily basis.

Halogen Heaters

You’ll have seen portable halogen heaters in pub gardens. They radiate infrared heat by passing an electric current through halogen lamps. Excellent at directing heat at close-by objects, they’re not good in larger spaces, that’s why you’ll see so many dotted around outside seating areas.

In Summary

So in terms of the different uses for each type of heating, electric radiators are definitely the first choice for homes and offices that need a proper central heating system, one that provides more constant warmth. Not only are they efficient and economical, the fact that they provide a combination of radiated and convected heat means that they provide a more comfortable climate than is provided by convection alone.

In contrast, electric heaters are great for boosting heat on a short-term basis, or for targeted heat. So it’s worth having at least one, either for when you want to warm a single room rather than the whole house (as a top-up for a traditional gas heating system) or as a back-up in case of heating failure. However, you wouldn’t want to use electric heaters as your everyday heat source, as they use more electricity than radiators and can be noisy to run.

If you want more information on the right electric heating system for you, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01252 560770. We have an excellent range of electric radiators and electric panel heaters for you to choose from. Alternatively, you can email the team at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk for a free no-obligation quote.

How to Select the Best Electric Heating System for your Home

For today’s eco-conscious consumer, protecting the planet from greenhouse gas emissions and pollution are definitely top of the agenda. In terms of how we as individuals can make a difference, a good place to start is by moving away from burning fossil fuels and making the switch to clean energy. Given the contribution of renewable energy sources to the national grid, if you’re looking to update your gas central heating, then the environmentally friendly choice would definitely be to install an electric heating system. But when it comes to the best electric heating system for your home, what options are available to you, and how can you ensure your monthly bills are kept to a minimum?

There’s No ‘One Size Fits All’

As opposed to a traditional gas central heating system, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to electric heating systems. Electric heating has come a long way from the inefficient and cumbersome night storage heaters of the 70’s. There’s now a wide range of heating options available. These include:

Electric Boilers

If you want to go electric but don’t want to get rid of your old radiators and pipework, then an electric boiler might be the right choice for you. However, while electric boilers are far quieter than their gas counterparts, they can prove expensive to run and don’t have the capacity to heat larger properties.

Electric Radiators

This tends to be the most popular choice for homeowners and commercial landlords. It’s easy to see why, as they’re easy to install, super-efficient and provide flexible heating that works around you and your schedule. They provide convected and radiated heat, come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can easily be pre-programmed to supply the heat when and where you exactly need it. They also run as individual units, so a power failure to one won’t affect the whole heating system. Last, but by no means least, electric radiators are far safer to run than a traditional gas central heating system, as there’s no need for carbon monoxide monitors.

Portable Heaters

There are a wide range of portable heaters available, including panel heaters, fan heaters and halogen heaters. While these heaters are great for short-term boosts of heat, they’re expensive to run and can be noisy, so complement rather than replace a central heating system.

Towel Rails

Heated towel rails aren’t just for keeping your towels dry! No, they’re also a great source of heat in small spaces, especially bathrooms and galley kitchens. Like radiators, they’re available in a huge variety of colours, shapes and sizes, so can really add to the aesthetics of a room, as well as provide an important function. Some even come with programmers, allowing you to schedule the heat to come on just when you need it.

Infrared Heating Panels

This type of heat is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re in the sun, and you’ll no doubt have experienced it under a portable halogen patio heater. However, as infrared panel heaters emit a direct beam of warmth, they’re not great for larger rooms and you’ll need to purchase a separate controller if you want to get anyway near the thermostatic and programmable controls of an electric radiator.

Heat Pumps

When it comes to electric heating systems, heat pumps are the new kid on the block. In terms of renewable energy, this type of heating is a great choice as it utilises heat from the air or ground around it, transferring it into – and out of – the property. Although the green choice, this system does have several drawbacks. As it’s less efficient, you’ll need to install larger radiators, some 15% larger than standard radiators. In addition, a ducted air-source system can take 3 days to install, and ground source pumps can take considerably longer. They also work in a similar way to air conditioning, and the forced air system can be noisy. Finally, they’re expensive to install, although some of the costs can be offset by the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.

Keeping Costs to a Minimum

If you are considering going all-electric, it’s important to keep an eye on your energy tariff and – if necessary – switch between suppliers. Given that there are more than 60 energy suppliers in the UK, and a wide variety of tariffs on offer, it definitely pays to shop around. A good guide to the best fixed and standard rate tariffs can be found on the Which website and for the most up to the minute deals, you should consult Uswitch.

If you’re looking to invest in all electric system then get in touch today on 01252 560770 and let us guide you to a greener, electric future.

James Meaders

We are extremely happy with our new heater. After receiving a competitor's quote for 5 times the cost, we were afraid that we were excluded from this market, but this comparable Economiser unit is absolutely brilliant. It is stylish, easily programmable, and provides instant heat to our 160 sq ft music room. Completely satisfied customer and thrilled to save all that money.
04 December 2019

Andrew Green

I must start by saying that Ian was extremely helpful in answering all my questions and queries. I was also very impressed when he told me I needed smaller radiators than I thought for my bedrooms and hallway. He could have easily let me go with the larger sizes I assumed I needed. Refreshing to deal with a company and individual who puts customers first.
I ordered one Economiser and four of the Vantage radiators. They have far exceeded my expectations. Easy to control and program. They heat a room incredibly quickly. My electric bill for November is around 25% lower than November last year, despite only having these new radiators for three weeks of November. I’m already confident that I will see significant savings on my heating bill going forward. But savings aside, these radiators heat a room almost instantaneously when turned on. They’re easy to install. I got mine hard wired in by a local election who charged me £20 a radiator, he just switched them for my existing hard wired heaters. He told me he has come across these radiators before and considers them the best electric radiators you can buy. I should also point out you can just plug them into the plug socket, so don’t need to get an electrician in to hardwire them if you don’t want. They are also incredibly easy to fit to the wall. Anyone can do it without getting someone in. But if you do decide to get someone in, it will be cheap as it takes so little time. Template provided and instructions make installation straight forward and quality fixings are supplied. But you can even have the Vantage radiators on castors should you wish. Making them portable for those who wish to move them from one room to another I live in a gated community with no gas and the electric heaters that the developers installed were not that efficient or effective. I thought my bills were higher than they should be and the heating ineffectual at times. The first day I got these I was amazed at how quickly my home was heated. As I said my first monthly bill is lower than the corresponding month last year, despite the fact that unit charges have increased and only had these new radiators for three weeks of the month. Also a lower bill in November than October despite having the heating on far more.
It’s also important to stress the quality of these radiators. I shopped around for two years before settling on these. There are numerous companies out there offering far more expensive radiators of inferior quality. One company quoted me three times the price I paid They also insist on a home survey, further pushing up their prices.
I would recommend Electric Heating Expert to anyone. Several of my neighbours have expressed an interest having seen mine. They just wanted to see how I found my future bills.
I did almost two years of research, read countless reviews of products and companies and suppliers. I’m totally convinced I got the best product available at the lowest price. If you don’t believe me, just do your own research.
Customer service is second to none. Ian Glover is extremely helpful and answers all queries you have. He’ll help you choose the best radiators in the right sizes, even advising you, as in my case to go for smaller radiators, if a smaller radiator is suitable. A company who puts customers first. Delivery is also super fast. I have no hesitation in recommending these radiators and this company to anyone looking for the best quality and best value electric heating solutions available.
04 December 2019

Electric Heating Systems for Flats – why it’s Time to Switch

If you’re looking to renovate your flat, or just replace an old costly gas boiler, then now’s the time to look at installing electric radiators. Electric heating systems for flats are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and landlords, and here are a few reasons why:

It’s Cheaper to Install

  • connected to mains gas can be really expensive; even if the gas supply is already in place, installation fees for the average boiler, radiators and pipework can reach upwards of £5,000. It will also be incredibly messy and invasive, as the pipework needs to run throughout the property and the location of the boiler itself can be unsightly. Within a block of flats or a converted property there will also be constraints on how much autonomy you have to make decisions, and you’ll need to be mindful of how the work affects other occupiers. In comparison, electric radiators can easily be installed anywhere, with minimal disruption. It’s essentially a DIY job, you just mount the radiator onto a wall (fixings are supplied with each radiator) and plug it into a normal power socket. In addition, no registered gas engineers are required, so the costs can be kept to a minimum.

Maintenance-free

  • boiler requires annual servicing. Given that landlords need to give notice to tenants of any inspection and are legally obliged to provide tenants with a copy of the safety check within 28 days, an electric heating system is far easier to manage in a rental property. Even if you own the property, you won’t have to worry about the annual servicing, which in itself can be costly.

Warranty for Peace of Mind

  • you order your radiators from a reliable supplier, they’ll come with a guarantee. Depending on the radiators purchased, this can be anything from 10 to 30 years, something that gives great peace of mind to landlords and home owners alike. No annual service plan, or constant parts required to fix an unreliable gas boiler. You’ll know you’re covered for the warranty period, so if anything does break there aren’t any hidden costs associated with a repair.

Reliability and Functionality

  • the radiators run independently of each other, if one develops a fault, the rest of the property will still be heated. All you’ll need to do is repair or replace the individual radiator, without the risk of plunging the whole property into freezing temperatures in the middle of winter. Furthermore, they’re silent so cause minimal noise disruption and are quick to heat up and cool down, as they don’t rely on hot water being pumped throughout the property.

Control Room Temperatures Individually

  • many of us with gas boilers have the thermostat in the hallway? Given that this is the coolest part of the property, and controls whether the boiler is on or off, all rooms get heated equally, even those that are unoccupied. Also, warmer rooms such as the kitchen can become too hot, and unless you have individual controls on each radiator it’s difficult to control the precise heat in each room (and even with a valve, it can be very imprecise and difficult to manage). With electric radiators, each radiator has its own thermostatic sensor, and each works independently from the other units, allowing you to easily control the temperature required in each living space.

Portability

  • standing electric heaters may not look as sleek as fitted units, but these are great short-term solutions. As they simply need to be plugged in, you can move them anywhere that’s draughty or within a property that has an inadequate heating system.

No Risk to Health

  • gas central heating comes with the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the gas doesn’t burn fully. As a result, it’s imperative not only to undertake annual servicing but also to install carbon monoxide monitors. These themselves will need to be regularly checked, and the batteries replaced. They also have a service life of 7-10 years so will need to be replaced at some point, incurring additional costs.

Control your Bills

  • most electric radiators come with 24/7 programming, you can create a daily or weekly schedule for your heating and avoid heating the property – or individual rooms – when it’s unoccupied. This keeps your bills down and also makes sure your property will be nice and warm when you need it to be. If you also have a smart meter, you can easily monitor your usage, keeping control of your monthly budget and avoiding any nasty surprises in the post!

You’ll be Looking After the Planet

  • electricity to heat homes was in the past seen as costly and inefficient. However, given the pressures on the environment from burning fossil fuels and the advent of renewable energy sources, using electricity to heat homes is not only cost-effective but also in terms of climate change, the responsible thing to do.

Renewable Energy is the Future

  • links to the point above, but we can’t stress it enough. Renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind farms, as well as renewable biomass plants all now feed into the national grid. Indeed, in the third quarter of 2019, a new green energy record was set as renewables contributed to 40% of the electricity used in homes and businesses in the UK. Importantly, for the first time ever this overtook the energy provided by fossil fuels; all of which points us in the right direction to achieve a zero-carbon future. Over time, as these sources become more and more reliable, we’ll see energy bills go down and feel more comfortable using electricity to heat our homes.

 

We hope that’s given you a good taster of why you should switch to an electric heating system. Here at Electric Heating Expert, we have extensive experience of fitting the best energy-efficient systems. We always tailor our approach depending on our client’s needs and budget and are happy to offer help and advice to make sure you get the best heating system installed in your home or rental property. If you’d like to know more, contact us today on 01252 560770 or email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk.

Our Guide to Replacing Night Storage Heaters with Electric Radiators

If you’ve just moved into an older property then you might have inherited an electric heating system that uses night storage heaters. Created in the 60’s and popular throughout the 70’s, night storage heaters are essentially sealed metal boxes that contain a heated brick core. They were developed to work on an Economy 7 tariff, which is a two-tariff metered system – more expensive during the ‘on peak’ day period, and cheaper ‘off peak’ at night. The storage heaters have two settings – one for charging, to warm the heaters throughout the ‘off peak’ night period, and another for output, where heat is released into the property during the day. However, not only are these heaters ugly to look at, they’re also incredibly inefficient, so many homeowners look to upgrade to modern, efficient electric radiators.

If you’re thinking of replacing your storage heaters with modern electric radiators, but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve put together this post to help guide you through the process:

The Problem with Night Storage Heaters

Many of our customers come to us looking to upgrade from night storage heaters; here are the chief complaints and drawbacks about using a night storage system:

1. Inflexible Heating
For those who work 9-5, having the majority of the heat released during the day isn’t ideal. While the house might be warm in the morning, given that heat rises, by the end of the day the majority of the warmth will have dissipated through the roof, meaning you’ll come home to a cold house.
2. Inefficient and Lack of Control
Night storage heaters lack control, they can’t be programmed to react to temperature changes and won’t release a lot of heat come the evenings, at the time you need it most. Furthermore, they will also be cold at night, and will only release the energy stored from the nightly charging period, so if for some reason they don’t come on the night before, or you forget to switch them on, you won’t get any heat the next morning.
3. Prohibitive Cost
Although drawing on power at cheaper times of the day, storage heaters will cost a fortune if you need to boost the heat during the day or evening, as they will then run on an inflated tariff.
4. Unattractive Design
They’re not attractive to look at – they tend to be large and look incongruous in today’s sleek, modern settings.

Why Electric Radiators are Superior

Modern electric radiators are superior in so many ways, and fit with today’s energy climate where people can easily switch tariffs – and suppliers – in a competitive market.

Here are a few reasons you should consider upgrading your electric heating system:

1. Superior Control and Function
Modern radiators are thermostatically controlled, and each radiator runs independently. This means that you set the temperature for rooms on an individual basis. The heat will be there for you just when you need it, where you need it, flexing around your daily schedule and budget. Furthermore, when temperatures plummet and you need a boost of heat, it’s there for you, immediately.
2. Improved Safety Profile
Storage heaters can be very hot at the beginning of the day, and the heat can’t be turned down, making them a potential hazard. In addition, older versions (those manufactured before 1974) may contain asbestos, which has been linked to lung disorders and cancer. With electric radiators, you’ll have a safe, enclosed unit that can be switched on and off with ease.
3. Pleasing Aesthetic
There are so many sleek, modern radiators out there – in a wide variety of eye-catching styles and colours – so you’ll easily find one that fits with the design and style of your home, as well as your budget. Electric radiators are also available in a variety of sizes, so you can select the best model for every room, and the heat output required.
4. Cost Effective
As stated above, each radiator is individually controlled so you can switch off the heating in empty rooms and turn down the heating in less-used rooms. By being able to pre-programme the time you need the rooms to be heated, you’ll not waste money and energy heating rooms that are empty during the day, and will also have warmth exactly when you need it. They really are the ultimate heating system when it comes to flexible control, stylish looks and amazing energy efficiency.

How to Make the Change

Although wall mounted electric radiators are easy to install, you’ll need the help of an electrician if you want to remove storage heaters. This is because the on peak and off peak circuits will need to be removed and rewired, and the power sockets converted to plug sockets for the new electric radiators.

Also, bear in mind that night storage heaters are heavy, and full of bricks, so be ready to dispose of the old units. Either look for a local tip that will accept the materials, or hire a skip. If the storage heaters contain asbestos, they’ll need to be removed under expert guidance to prevent asbestos fibres being released into the air.

Finally, you’ll need to switch from the Economy 7 tariff to a new standard rate electricity tariff. Look around for the best deals, and think about fixing your rates to ensure your bills aren’t adversely affected by fluctuating energy prices. Your home will need a new meter, these are usually offered by the new energy supplier, and you can even think about installing a smart meter, to really keep track of your energy usage.

If you’d like to know more, then contact us for expert guidance on how to upgrade your electric heating system from tired and dated storage heaters to highly efficient and uber-stylish electric radiators. Contact us today on 01252 560770 or email us at enquiries@electricheatingexpert.co.uk and let us guide you to the best heating system for your home, style and budget.

D Sharma

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