Electric Radiators and Storage Heaters – Different Names for the Same Product

Many homes in the UK, particularly flats and old post-war builds without access to mains gas supply, rely on night storage heaters as a solution to heating needs.

Storage heaters are designed to accumulate heat in bricks during the night (when electricity is cheaper) and release during the day. These have been used somewhat successfully for years, though have developed a reputation for being inefficient and sometimes difficult to use. In recent years, a new product has come along pitching itself as a more modern alternative to storage heating, electric radiators. However, do these bring anything new to the table or does efficient heating still rely on homeowners being able to play weatherman?

Electric Radiators : It’s easy to see why electric radiators are regarded by some people as being storage heaters in all but name. Like their predecessor, they can be spur-wired into the wall, require little or no maintenance, and feature an internal construction that offers partial storage benefits. This, however, is pretty much where the similarities end.

Electric radiators, vertical radiators and their close relation, panel heaters, are all much different to storage heaters in performance and aesthetics.

An electric radiator is designed to look much like a conventional radiator and heat up to operate like one too. Crucially, though, there is none of the pipework associated with ‘wet’ system radiators and a much higher level of control is afforded.

Electric radiators are not storage heaters, but they are a pretty good replacement for them. Rather that storing heat over night and emitting it gradually during the day, electric radiators provide heating on demand, 24-hours day. With these heaters you don’t need to worry about heat output being too hot on mild days and running out too quickly on cold days – you just flick the on switch whenever you need heat. Like storage heaters, they are 100% efficient (every kilowatt of electricity is turned into a unit of heat), but you never need to concern yourself with wasted heat due leakage.

Better control of temperature is also something that has been addressed with these more modern products. Rather than having to constantly tinker with a confusing dial, electric radiators can be supplied with built in thermostatic controls or connected to a main thermostat to allow temperature settings to be adjusted according to the needs of the household. Moreover, when they are in use, heat is modulated to ensure room temperature is constant.

As we’ve already touched upon, electric radiators are much different to storage heaters in terms of appearance. Models are just 70mm deep and are sleek and stylish enough to look the part in any contemporary home. Thanks to their ability to be simply plugged into a standard wall socket, they can also be installed anywhere heat is needed – wall mounted or freestanding to suit your preferences.

Electric radiators and storage heaters might share a few things in common, but only one really belongs in the 21st century home and it does not have to run at night.

Electric Boilers – The Complete Heating Solution

Central heating is installed in more than 93% of homes in the UK and, in the vast majority of cases, the boiler powering systems is a gas one. For years, gas has been the energy source of choice, largely due to it being cheaper than the alternatives, oil and electric. However, in recent years the once all-conquering gas has come under increasing pressure, with its place as the leader in home heating threatened. A combination of rising prices and diminishing reserves, along with a desire to cut global carbon emissions has seen more and more people turn their back on gas in favour of modern electric boilers and these people are reaping the benefits as a result.

Effective, Efficient Home Heating : Electric boilers are the most efficient home heating solution on the market at the moment, turning every kWh of electricity into a unit of heat. By comparison, the best gas boilers can only achieve 90% efficiency and, due to the nature of their system, will be unable to ever reach the same the same standards.

An electric heating boiler presents excellent benefits in installation and maintenance, this is largely due to the lack of flue, which makes fitting less time consuming and eliminates potential health and safety issues caused by the release of harmful fumes and gases. With no flue and lack of moving parts, electric boilers offer a much greater service life than their gas counterparts, requiring virtually no maintenance over an average 15-year lifespan. Gas boilers tend to last 10 years and must undergo mandatory servicing every year to ensure safe performance.

A less obvious benefit of electric boilers, but one that will certainly be attractive to long-term owners of gas systems, is the virtually silent operation – effectively warming properties without any annoying chugging and rattling noises.

Hot Water Supply : An electric heating boiler from Electric-HeatingCompany.co.uk is able to work in exactly the same way as a gas boiler. Where radiators, valves, and pipework are in place, a boiler can be installed to take over the powering of a heating system within minutes.

Obviously, in a complete central heating system providing warmth is only one half of the process, boilers must also cater to hot water needs. While electric boilers are designed to power radiators only, they can also be paired with stainless steel water cylinders of up to 300 litres as part of a package, ensuring plenty of water for bathing.

Where a property does not have a bath –an increasingly common occurrence in modern, smaller dwellings – hot water can be provided by an instantaneous water heater, meeting requirements for showering and domestic tasks.

As the UK moves towards a future of low carbon energy, electric heating will increasingly become the standard heating solution in homes nationwide. Visit Electric-HeatingCompany.co.uk and join get on board with the electric revolution today.

Panel Heaters – Heat Wherever You Need It

If you are looking for a complete heating solution – one that provides you with fully controllable heat, whenever and wherever you need it – panel heaters are a must-have addition to your property.

What are Panel Heaters? : Not to be confused with bulky, inefficient storage heaters, panel heaters are slim line, radiator-like electric heating solutions that are designed to provide rapid heat whenever the user desires.

Panel heaters are direct acting appliances (as opposed to storage/off peak products) that provide almost instant heat, warming up and cooling down within minutes.

The Benefits of Panel Heaters : Panel heaters such as the Visage and Elegance from Electric-HeatingCompany.co.uk offer numerous benefits to the user, the most obvious of which is flexibility.

Unlike standard ‘wet’ system radiators, panel heaters do not require pipe work for installation and, unlike storage heaters, are not unwieldy. This makes them incredibly versatile and unrestricted in terms of where they can be installed.

Panel heaters can be plugged into any three-pin UK wall socket and come with the option of being wall mounted, free-standing, or fitted with castors, allowing homeowners to address their heating needs around existing furniture and décor rather than having design a room around the position of the radiator. In rooms with limited space, or extensions without connection to the main central heating system, this level of flexibility and versatility is essential.

This solution is also hugely beneficial to property developers and landlords looking to provide a reliable source of heating. With a lack of pipework eliminating any lengthy installation work and no gas boiler presenting health and safety issues, heaters can be up and running in minutes without any fuss.

Despite being electric, both Visage and Elegance heaters can also be easily installed in wet areas thanks to an IP 24 splash-proof design.

Another great benefit of panel heaters is their ability to let users fully control temperature settings. All Electric Heating Company panel heaters are fitted with advanced thermostatic controls and settings for comfort, economy and frost protection. Not only does this allow for a comfortable room temperature, it gives homeowners the chance to better manage their heating, reducing wasted energy and keeping bills low.

Featuring a patented heat retention tablet that is designed to provide greater efficiency that a traditional conventional heater, the large surface area of panel heaters is able to distribute heat quickly and effectively, delivering 100% efficiency.

The final benefit of panel heater is their aesthetic qualities. Slim line models are just 68 mm deep and a clean design ensures they complement any contemporary home – something that cannot be said for storage heaters and cumbersome conventional radiators.

Why Electric Heating is the Perfect Replacement for Gas

If you are replacing your existing gas boiler, the natural thing to do is to purchase a newer version of the same model. Doing this, however, might not be the most beneficial move in the long run. The best solution could, infact, be ditching gas altogether and going electric.

Going Electric : The future of home heating is electric. The Department of Energy & Climate Change said it in its ‘Future of Heating’ report and the combination of diminishing natural gas reserves and rising gas prices are proving it.

With the UK fully committed to tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, energy generation is slowly shifting towards low carbon sources such as solar, hydro, wind, and wave technologies. In order to ensure a safe and healthy planet for future generations, homeowners are being urged to reduce reliance of fossil fuels. As a result, electric heating solutions are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Electric Boilers : When it comes to replacing gas, electric is not often thought of as viable option – simply because it is a different type of energy. However, electric boilers offer all of the same benefits of gas boilers and more.

If you already have a central heating system in place an electric heating boiler can be installed to power your radiators in the same way, only much more efficiently. Where the best gas boilers on the market can only achieve 90% efficiency, electric boilers offer 100% efficiency every time – this is due to the fact that heat is generated internally and no waste product is released.

Installation and on-going maintenance of these systems is also much more beneficial to the homeowner. Not only do electric boilers come without a flue or tank (making installation easier and eliminating the need for annual gas safety inspections), they are built with very few moving parts, ruling out the need for any maintenance. Together, these benefits help an electric heating boiler last, on average, 50% longer than the leading gas alternative.

Solving the Hot Water Problem : Okay, so electric boilers do a great job of heating homes, but how is a system without a tank supposed to meet hot water needs? Well, it will do this in one of two ways. v

If you have a bath in your home, an electric heating boiler can be supplied as a package featuring a direct or indirect stainless steel cylinder of up to 300 litres. If your home does not have a bath, hot water needs can be met with an instantaneous water heater, with over and under sink options to suit all domestic and small commercial properties (visit our website to see the browse the available options).

Electric heating can do everything gas does better than gas can do it. When it comes to performance, reliability, and efficiency, electric boilers have no peers.

How Electric Heating Can Enhance Your Property Development

Heating is an essential aspect of any property development and in delivering a successful project, it is essential that the correct solution is chosen based on cost, performance, and versatility. Traditionally, gas has been the number one choice for project managers; however, the emergence of modern electric heating has provided a viable and exciting alternative with many benefits.

Design Versatility : Electric heating is hugely beneficial in terms of the freedom it affords designers in the layout of properties. Electric boilers do not require a flue or tank, allowing installation to take place virtually anywhere. Models such as EHC’s SlimJim are also designed to offer a slim profile so that cupboard space can be maximised – essential in modern, less spacious properties. The real versatility of this heating solution, however, lies with electric radiators.

Electric radiators and panel heaters do not require any pipework and these can be installed within seconds via any standard wall socket. Because of this, designers do not need to factor heating into original planning work and can work in around the needs of the owner or tenant at a later stage – a significant selling point for anyone that likes to furnish a property unrestricted. No pipework also rules out any worries over future replacement or refurbishment, with disruption a non-factor.

Cost Benefits : Cost is an obvious factor at every stage of a building project and electric heating can prove very budget-friendly.

Unlike gas central heating systems, which require connection to the grid, extensive labour and, depending on the size of the development, hundreds of metres of pipework, electric radiators can be up and running within minutes, only requiring connection to mains electricity. Installation does not need planning permission and does not put any delay on building work, allowing a project to progress faster, on time and on budget.

If your development is taking place in a rural area, electric could be much more appealing than gas. If there is no immediate access to mains gas, infrastructure must be put in place. Naturally, this process comes at a cost – a very considerable one.

In modern, well-insulated buildings, an electric heating boiler or panel heater can offer cost-friendly performance due to 100% efficiency and fast-acting performance – heating rooms quickly and allowing heating to be switched off sooner.

Longevity : Finally, electric boilers and radiators can great enhance a project thanks to their supreme reliability and longevity. Not only are boilers and heaters able to run virtually maintenance free, a lack of moving parts ensures long lasting performance. On average, electric boilers last 50% longer than gas, offering at least 15 years’ service life, compared to 10.

If you want to truly realise the potential of your project, electric heating is the perfect solution. Click here to learn more about the products that can enhance your development.

EHC is a leading supplier of electric heating products, specialising in electric boilers and electric heating boiler packages for new and existing properties.

How to Cut Your Energy Bill

With rocketing fuel prices affecting many households across the UK, homeowners must consider ways in which they can save energy. While Electric-HeatingCompany.co.ukcannot control the prices of energy suppliers, we can suggest a few useful ways to cut heating bills.


Install Electric Heating : The first thing you should consider to reduce your energy bill is electric heating. If you have storage heaters in your home, replace them with electric radiators; if you have a gas central heating system, trade it in for an electric heating boiler.


Swapping gas for electricity might not seem like an obvious way to save on heating bills, especially given the fact electric is more expensive; however, both electric boilers and radiators are more efficient than gas alternatives (100% efficiency compared to 90% efficiency for the best gas boilers) and turn every kWh of electricity in a unit of heat.


Panel heaters and electric radiators also feature built in thermostatic controls that allow heating to be set according to preferences. This level of control means that you only ever use the heat you need.


Turn Down Your Thermostat : Regardless of your choice of heating system, turning town your thermostat is great way to save cash. According to the Energy Saving Trust, reducing room temperatures by just 1°C can cut heating bills by around £75 a year.


In addition to turning heating down a notch, you can make further savings by leaving panel heaters switched off in rooms that you’re not using. Panel heaters and electric radiators heat rooms very quickly so you will not need to worry about pre-warming a room before you enter.


Insulate your Home : The Energy Savings Trust estimates that a well-insulated home can save you up to £250 a year. Two hundred and seventy millimetres insulation in loft space, along with professionally installed cavity wall insulation will greatly help in reducing the amount of heat that escapes the home and make electric boilers even more effective.


Stop Draughts : If you are investing in insulation to stop heat loss, itmakes sense to look at ways to stop draughts too. Draught-proofing strips around window frames and doors, a cap over the chimney and sealant around skirting boards will help you save as much as £50 on heating bills.


Replace Light Bulbs : Swapping incandescent light bulbs for energy saving ones is an easy way to save £60 on energy bills. Where a traditional light bulb has a lifespan of around 1,000 hours, an LED bulb can last for up to 25,000 hours.


With the right bulbs in place, another simple tip to save energy is turn out lights when they are not in use. When you leave a room, make a habit of turning out lights and closing doors.

Electric-HeatingCompany.co.uk is a leading supplier of electric heating products and a specialist in the provision of efficient electric boilers.

The Role of Electric Heating in Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Global warming is a significant problem that is jeopardising the future of our planet for future generations. Carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas, works to trap the sun’s heat, keep the earth warm and causing the temperature of the planet to rise. So far, CO2 has resulted in just under 1°C of global warming – a rise to 2°C is regarded by experts as dangerous or extremely dangerous.

In order to mitigate the effects of global warming, it is essential that people make a conscious effort to reduce their individual carbon footprints. This involves taking steps to change the way you drive, fly, and, most importantly, heat your home.

Twenty-seven per cent of all CO2 emitted in the UK comes from household energy use – electric heating is a solution critical in tackling the problem.

Installing Electric Heating

With the UK committed to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels, electricity will becoming an increasingly sought after source of low carbon energy. A 2011 report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, entitled ‘Future of Heating’ highlighted this fact, saying: “Technologies that use electricity to generate heat are well placed to become major low carbon heating technologies in the coming decades.”

With the ability to produce electricity on British shores (allowing for continuous supply without fluctuating price) and with rapid advancements in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, wave and hydro, electric heating is the most obvious long-term solution for home heating needs.

The Benefits of Electric Heating

Like any heating solution, effective electric heating performance relies on a home being properly insulated to minimise heat loss with cavity wall and loft insulation. If this is the case, the benefits of an electric combi boiler or panel heaters are vast:

– Low safety risk as no fossil fuels are burned and no waste product is released.

– 100% efficiency – every unit of electricity is transformed into heat.

– Virtually maintenance free with few moving parts.

– Boilers last, on average, 50% longer than gas boilers – 15 years compared to 10 years.

– Fully controllable with thermostat controls built into panel heaters, allowing the user to accurately monitor temperature.

– No pipework or flue required, making installation quick and easy.

– No mandatory safety inspections.

– Radiators work as a standalone heating solutions; electric combi boilers allow for complete central heating system with control of wet system radiators.

– No restricted by planning permission.

– Panel heaters can be wall mounted or freestanding for a versatile heating solution.

With the future of the planet at risk, it is essential that we all work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions – installing electric heating is a major step towards doing this.