How Does Electric Central Heating Work?

Very few sources will actually dive into the techy bit and tell you how electric heating works, and not just why you should make the switch.

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We talk a lot about electric heating (obviously), and there are lots of sources on the internet that try to convince you that it’s the right thing to do. Sure, we could also tell you that they are more efficient, that they are cheaper to run and give you more control over the heating in your home, but that doesn’t really tell you how they work, does it?

So today, we’re going to buck that trend and explain to you the fundamentals of electric heating, how it works and why it is the more efficient way to heat your home.

What Is Electric Central Heating?

The term central heating was originally used only in its literal sense. Central heating meant any home heating system powered by a single heating source – most commonly a system of pipes and radiators powered by a gas or oil burning boiler. Electric central heating in this sense is the same as a conventional central heating system but with an electric boiler and radiators.

 Electric Radiators

Where a traditional radiator works by conducting the heat from hot water running through its internal pipes into the air, an electric radiator conducts the heat through electricity. Much like the elements in a hob or a kettle, the elements are heated up that heat is transferred out into your home. The shells are crafted from the pure finest grade Italian aluminium (which is a fantastic conductor of heat) and fitted with a tungsten heating elements, which ensures maximum heat dissipation for minimum energy usage. Because of the way they heat up, they use every single watt of electricity and convert it into heat, so there is no wastage and no long warm-up time either. A microchip within the radiator physically controls all functions, ensuring optimum performance for minimum electricity consumption.

 Electric Boilers 

You might think that if you have electric radiators, you don’t need a boiler at all – but since you need water to the rest of your home, that simply isn’t true. An electric boiler simply uses electricity instead of gas to heat your hot water. Just like a gas boiler, it will heat the water in a storage unit before sending it out to your sinks, showers and baths as warm water. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but each one will feature water running through a system to be heated by a heating element – not dissimilar from the one you’d find your kettle. Some of the advantages to this kettle-like system of heating water include the fact that electric boilers can run almost silently, and are usually small, compact units that can squeeze into the tightest of spots. They are also cheap to buy and easy to install and don’t need to be placed on an external wall, as there is no flue or gas pipe. In short, an electric boiler is essentially a very large kettle for your home, just with a slightly different layout.

At Electric Heating Expert, we provide a wide range of electric heating solutions, including a variety of styles and sizes of electric radiators to suit your home. If you would like to know more about how electric heating works, or view some of our collection for yourself, just get in touch today.