22 Oct Are Electric Radiators Energy Efficient?
We spend up to 10% of our income on home energy costs. The cost can seem out of our control. Turning down the thermostat or skipping heat altogether may seem the only answer.
But, being efficient with our heat can make a huge difference. Energy efficiency is using the smallest amount of resource for the highest results. If your system runs and you’re still too cold to sleep, the heat is going somewhere other than where you need it.
The work it takes to get warmth from the boiler to your bedroom limits how much you receive. And, the longer it needs to travel from the source, the less heat, and efficiency you’ll get.
Systems age and insulation wears away. Then, it takes more work from your system to reach a comfortable temperature. Before long, you’re paying more for less comfort.
What if you were to put the heat where you need it? Are electric radiators an answer to both efficiency and comfort? Read on to learn more.
The Source of the Heat
The closer we are to the source of heat, the more comfortable we are. Sitting near a fireplace tells us this. An electric radiator means to work in one room.
As it warms the cold air, it cycles throughout the room. The continuous flow is in one area. Central systems cycle through the entire home, offering an all-or-nothing approach.
Single room heating ensures excellent comfort with much less effort.
Temperatures Vary Throughout a Home
Energy costs to heat an entire home are often due to uneven temperatures. We know that not every room in our house needs the same amount of heat.
Cooking keeps a kitchen warmer than a bedroom. With whole home central heating, each room will get some heat, whether it needs it or not.
By heating rooms with separate thermostats, we can control comfort by its need. This saves energy and costs while maximizing comfort.
Insulation for Every Home
No matter the source of heat, every home requires excellent insulation. For older homes, in particular, keeping the cold air out is paramount to saving energy.
There are strict codes for new builds, but most of UK’s existing homes need help. No matter your source of heat, systems can’t keep up with constant excessive indoor cold.
The best gift you can give your heating system is proper insulation. Electric radiators provide immediate relief. But, working against excessive draughts gets costly. Have a pro inspect the situation.
Heat Transfer and Why it Matters
We all notice the rooms closest to our heat source warm up quicker. The heat transfer from the source to your rooms is the hero here.
Those rooms which are further from the source take longer to warm. The heat transfer here is the culprit. The longer distance the heat travels, the colder it becomes.
We often run the system longer because of this. And, as systems age, the less efficient they become. Electric radiators offer a transfer that is immediate. The heat source is close and does not lose its warmth as it works.
Set It and Forget It With Electric Radiators
Anyone who comes home from a day of work to find a toasty warm, but empty, home is going to be unhappy.
Warming a home when no one is in the house is wasteful. Like throwing money down the loo. The latest electric radiator products are smart by nature. Controls are set for every room, allowing the warming when and where you need it.
Controlling with a programmable thermostat lets you decide on your energy costs.
The Warmth Continues After Shut Off
Electric Radiators use radiant heating. This system transfers heat to everything in the room.
The warmth absorbs to walls, floors, and furniture which holds the heat long after shut off.
Central systems heat the air, so once they stop, so does the warmth. Radiators can offer comfort without the constant use of electricity.
This is energy conservation at its best.
The Costs of Installation and Maintenance
A central heating system, with proper maintenance, should last about 15 years. Of course, the older a system gets, the more support is necessary.
Components wear out and break. Then, owners find they’re spending more on fuel costs as the system loses efficiency. Those looking to replace an entire system can plan on a few thousand quid at least.
With electric radiators, there are no moving parts to wear down. Installation on a wall near a window and a plug are the only requirements. And, maintaining the system is quick and easy.
Vacuuming or dusting around the unit, and ensuring the outlet is secure is all it takes. Unlike central systems, the cost to maintain and run the radiator does not vary.
Today’s products are among the most efficient ever in production history. Components such as timers and programmable features put the usage in your control 24/7.
Hazards from space heaters and dated central systems are absent. The electric radiators available now are quiet and inexpensive. And, more cost-efficient than their fuel counterparts.
Experts position the unit underneath a window where air tends to be the coldest. This ensures warmth starts where it’s needed most.
And, the system will stop when it should. Working only when necessary tops the list of any appliance’s efficiency.
Heat That Works For You
Cutting back on heat or expenses is common in the coldest months. With efficiency on your side, you don’t have to do either.
Modern electric radiators can offer a chance to cut down costs while being comfortable. Contact us today for more information!