One of the questions we’re asked most often here at Best Electric Radiators is how easy our radiators are to fit
Well, the short answer is: very! We’ll take a look at just how easy later in this post, but first let’s compare them to your other option – ‘traditional’ central heating.
Usually, to update your central heating you’ll need the help of a qualified plumber. Moving or replacing pipework is a skilled job, and it’s important it’s done correctly and safely. We all know that skilled tradesmen aren’t cheap, so the more radiators you need to move or replace the more time you’ll need to pay for.
You might also find there’s a lot of mess involved in overhauling a central heating system. Carpets and floorboards might have to come up leaving dust and mess, not to mention the hazards of working with water pipes in general. Anyone who’s ever drained a radiator will know just how dirty the water inside is, and if you’re doing that throughout your house there’s bound to be some mess!
Many of our customers have recently moved into new houses where the heating needs replacing, or have built a new extension and want a modern heating solution. The fact is, if you’re considering paying thousands of pounds for a new boiler, or you have the chance to upgrade your heating, electric radiators are the obvious choice.
Based on cost alone it makes perfect sense. The average cost of installing central heating in a 3-bed home is £3,235–£4,200 (that doesn’t include removing any old boilers or pipework). Our popular slimline radiators start from just £199 for a 500W model, so even if you buy several the costs are vastly lower already.
The clincher for many people is the ease of installation when it comes to electric radiators. Quite literally all you need is a plug socket nearby and you’re ready to go.
If you’ve had a new extension built you’ve probably planned for several plug sockets around the room, and even if you live in an older house with fewer sockets, it’s relatively easy to install a new one (or get the help of a tradesperson to do it for you). Our slimline radiator comes with a 1m flexible cable, so you just need to make sure there’s a socket within a meter of where you’d like the radiator to go
Just like traditional radiators, our electric radiators hang on the wall with a couple of sturdy brackets. These come with the radiator, and you’ll need a power drill and some basic DIY skills to fit them. If you’ve ever hung a picture or some blinds you should find this quite straightforward. Once the radiator is positioned where you want it, just plug it in and press the ‘on’ button – it really is that simple!
If you don’t have enough wall space or would like to position the radiator in a specific place, you can even buy some extra leg supports to create freestanding heating. If you go for this option there’s literally no DIY involved (apart from attaching the foot supports to the radiator). This is a great option if you don’t quite know where you want the radiators to go yet, or if you need heat quickly and don’t have time to fit them to the wall for a while.
With no mess, no pulling up floorboards and no tradespeople needed, our electric radiators really are so easy to fit, you’ll be up and running in no time!