Home heating is one of those things you’ll only ever need to think about once in a blue moon, namely when you’re renovating a home or your existing heating system has seen better days. Luckily, there are more ways than ever to help heat your home from the ground up than just getting underfloor heating.
One such method is opting for electric heating in the home. While it does have some limitations, I think that if you have the means to, changing some rooms so that they heat solely from electricity is a great move to make.
Let’s look at some of the advantages of opting for electric heating and why it might be something to consider having in your home.
Efficiency, but not as you know it
Firstly, I think it is important to know that when you compare the price of heating for electricity to oil or gas, you’ll tend to find that electric is more expensive.
And while it is easier to simply keep radiators as they have been for over a century now, if you’re someone who wants a heating system which is as close to 100% efficient, you’re going to want electric.
Why is this the case? Think of how traditional home heating works. You need to heat your home fuel oil, let that boil water, and then transfer that through your pipes and into the radiator. Along that journey, heat is constantly getting lost. When you have electric radiators, this isn’t the case, as the radiator is a self-sufficient unit with the level of energy used being exactly equal to the level of energy produced.
Add to this that electric radiators heat up faster as they aren’t reliant on water from elsewhere, and you’re looking at an efficient means for heating a room.
Independence you can’t match
Consider the electric radiator the lone wolf of home heating. You could have one in a room with traditional radiators, but it will only do its own thing when told so. Every night when your heating comes on, you have to have certain radiators on and off to divert water through your pipes. Everyone is used to having at least one room they forget to turn the heating down or off, so you’re going to see some waste.
Such a thing doesn’t happen with electric radiators. As they aren’t piped in and require you to actively turn them on & off, they’re entirely independent. When you have a spare bedroom or lounge which is used periodically, such independence makes them ideal.
No more hidden radiators
Everyone has had a radiator that sits behind a sofa or juts out just enough to prevent you from laying a room out just how you want. Positioning will be down to where the pipes come into the room. It’s a pesky limitation that is easily avoided with electric radiators, which only need to be plugged or wired in to work. If you had a room where you always wanted to move the radiator to another wall, this is your chance. You can even position an electric radiator a few feet up the wall to save space. It may reduce the heat output ever so slightly, but it will result in your long-suffering hidden radiators no longer being a problem.
And if you’re still not quite sure why positioning matters, imagine being able to replace an old bathroom radiator for an electric towel rail which will see you having a cosy warm towel every time you get out of the shower. It’s the little things that make it all the more desirable.
The silent treatment
One more advantage you’d never think about with electric radiators is the sound factor. For those of us living in older homes, the sound of rattling pipes and radiators trying to heat up can become a nuisance. Comparatively, electric radiators don’t make noise because the unit is standalone.
By the way, if you do have traditional radiators and they frequently make noise, especially if it sounds like a kettle boiling, get your radiators checked as they may have dirt or limescale building up inside.
Now find your ideal electric radiator
If you’ve read through and are now convinced you’re better off with an electric option, I recommend checking out the electric radiator range at Trade Radiators. They have hundreds of shapes and styles in stock, with an electric radiator to suit any room in the home.
And if you’re in the middle of planning any renovations or redecorating, check the latest home posts here for practical tips and advice.