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The Electric Radiator Dilemma: Freestanding or Wall Mounted

Wall mounted

There are numerous benefits for using electric radiators as a permanent heat source for your home.  As well as coming in many stylish designs, most electric radiators offer the option of being freestanding or wall mounted. Electric radiators are slim and do not weigh a lot so are perfect for either option, so how do you decide which is the best option for you. Choosing to wall mount a radiator is really easy, they will come with wall brackets and minimal DIY skills are needed.  The biggest thing you will need to remember is to have a cable and pipe checking device to ensure you do not drill into electric cables or water pipes as this turns a simple five minute job into a DIY disaster that requires a professional to put right – and leaves your pocket smarting from the bill.

Wonderfully Wall Mounted

Wall mounting is perfect for smaller rooms.  To give the illusion of space the more you remove from the floor of a small room the better.   Modern electric radiators are very slim, so if you mount them on a wall they virtually blend into the background. Older style heaters – particularly night storage heaters were a lot more bulky and did take up more space, but thanks to advancements in technology this is no longer an issue.

If you have smaller children or look after elderly relatives wall mounting might be a better option.  By doing this you can have the radiator plugged into one socket close by and have the wire neatly secured along the skirting board – or indeed behind pipe coving.  This means there is no trip hazards.  All the cables are neatly out of the way, which is also perfect for a pet owner with a dog who might like to chew things they really shouldn’t.

As we have previously discussed it is also cost effective to maintain a low but constant heat in all rooms regardless of whether they are used daily or not, and a small wall mounted electric radiator could be the perfect solution for this, as they have their own built in thermostat that regulates heat.

Fabulously Freestanding

There are a few reasons why you might choose to have your radiator stand freely in the room.  For one thing it makes it moveable.  If you have a few rooms that only need to be heated infrequently  you might choose not to heat every room but take the electric radiator with you as your go about your day.  Because they are so light and easy to move, and because they do not have gas or chemicals to settle after transit, electric radiators are readily portable.

Sometimes it is good to have an electric radiator as a secondary top up heat source.  Particularly if you have an ill or convalescing family member.  You might not want to put the central heating on all day, or you might not have time to wait for the wood burner to generate heat.  Having a spare electric radiator that you can move quickly can be perfect for this scenario.  It then makes no difference if they are staying in their bed, or resting on the sofa in the lounge.  The top up heat source will follow them.

So, the fundamental answer is that whether you wall mount your electric radiator, or leave it freestanding comes down to how you use your space, and what times of the day someone is home needing the heat electric radiators provide.  There is no right or wrong but hopefully we have helped you decide which might be right for you.

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