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Electric Radiator Design: Why It Makes A Difference


In this article we explore electric radiator design and why it makes a difference.

What Type of Electric Radiator is Best?

Modern electric radiators have come a long way since the days of night storage heaters and electric bar heaters.

Now you can choose from a range of shapes, colours and materials and you can be more in control of your heating. Moreover, modern electric radiators are now both efficient and stylish, so you can find the right one for your home.

But how do you decide which electric radiator to choose and how does the design of a radiator make a difference to heating your home?

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    How Does an Electric Radiator Work?

    Electric radiators work independently from each other. A radiator doesn’t need a central source like gas central heating.

    Which means that you can plug in an electric radiator into the mains and use it whenever you want. Hence, you can heat one room instead of the whole house, increasing the efficiency of your heating output.

    Meanwhile, with a gas central heating system, your boiler has to heat up the water which then travels to radiators throughout your home.

    Along the way, heat is lost through the walls and pipes as it journeys to the radiator.

    Moreover, you cannot isolate the heating into different areas, unless you adjust the radiators. It’s either on or off. With electric heating, there is much more control which means it can be much more efficient.

    Convection v Radiant Heating

    When choosing an electric heater, it’s important to understand how it heats your home and why the design of a heater makes a difference.

    Convection heaters use the same principle as our oceans, to provide an indirect source of heat.

    Essentially, warm air has a lower density than cold air, so heat rises and cool air stays low to the ground.

    A convection heater uses this process by pulling in cool air to heat it. The warmer air then rises all the way to the ceiling and falls back to the floor as it cools. A fan heater is a type of convection heater.

    Radiant heat is the same as the heat provided by the sun. This is direct heating. Underfloor heating is a type of radiant heat. You instantly feel the warmth.

    There are benefits to both. Convection radiators evenly heat rooms over a longer period of time.

    They can heat large spaces fast and use low energy. Radiant heaters can heat ambient air without blowing around dust and you feel the instant warmth.

    The Harmony range of electric heaters from Climastar UK use a combination of convected and radiant heat to warm your home faster and maintain the set temperature almost perfectly.

    Each heater is manufactured to reduce energy consumption by quickly heating rooms and only using energy when you need it.

    What About Storage Heaters?

    You may have heard of, or use, a night storage heater. These heaters work by drawing electricity and gradually releasing that stored electricity as heat. Typically, a storage heater will lose most of its stored heat over 12 hours.

    Originally, they were designed to take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity tariffs during the night.

    They would draw power on an Economy 7 tariff and store energy overnight, then release it into the home during the day.

    The cheaper hours are from midnight to 7am. Meanwhile, the drawback to this system is that it’s difficult to control the release of heat when you want it.

    Hence, in order to benefit from a cheaper tariff, you would need to use at least 40% of your electricity through the night.

    Furthermore, basic storage heaters of the past were not very efficient. In fact, they are no longer manufactured in the UK. As of 2018, modern storage heaters must have certain features to comply with environmental directives.

    A more efficient way of heating your home, particularly if you are not connected to the mains gas supply, is to choose an electric radiator system.

    The Harmony range provides an intuitive and user friendly control panel, which gives you far more control over your heating than a night storage heater.

    Electric Heating Design

    It’s unlikely that you’ve thought about the design of your radiator and how it helps to make your home heating more efficient or not.

    Let’s be honest, most of us have the ugly white metal, fluted radiators that could be rusting with age and haven’t been replaced for a long time.

    Do you know how efficient they are in your home?

    For example, do you ever experience cold spots in your rooms even with the heating on? Does it take a long time for your radiators to heat up? Maybe you have to bleed them a lot more regularly now to get the most from your heating.

    Basically, this means you are losing heat in your home. Furthermore, you’re continuing to pay for the heat that’s being lost.

    Even the best A rated gas boiler efficiency is between 80-90% which means you are losing 10% -20% of the heating you’re paying for.

    Electric heaters have been made for over a century by several manufacturers. The way a heater is designed can make a difference to how well it transfers heat into your room.

    To give you an example, German heaters pass heat from an internal clay core, which then has to pass through a fluted steel casing.

    Hence, the casing creates a barrier which can reduce the efficiency of the transfer of heat into a room.

    Climastar UK Electric Radiator Design

    Meanwhile, the Harmony range of electric heaters from Climastar UK can transfer heat in a totally uniformed way.

    Which means every kilowatt of energy is transferred into heat for the room. You are not wasting any of it.

    This is due to the way the front panel of the radiator is manufactured. So with a Harmony panel radiator, the heat enters the room in a totally homogeneous way.

    Hence the room stays warmer for longer. Therefore, your costs are less.

    Each Harmony heater is made from Magma Stone. Magma Stone is manufactured using Aluminium and Silicon.

    It’s made in the same way as natural stone is made, only with heat and pressure. Magma produces the best heat transfer for longer. Which means that a Harmony heater can warm your home and reduce your energy consumption at the same time.

    Within the Harmony range is the Teide Radiator. This is a unique product because it’s the only stone finish radiator in the world that can be manufactured in a curve.

    The radiation angle of the curved Teide is 180 degrees and this allows it to transfer heat across the room even faster than a flat panel heater.

    Hence if you choose an electric heater from the Harmony range, you get an elegant stone finish panel heater which can look beautiful in any home. Not only this, but the way it’s manufactured means that you will also be reducing your energy consumption and your carbon footprint.

    Choosing an Electric Radiator That Looks Good

    If you are deciding on which electric radiator to buy, there are many choices. However, if you’re making the switch to electric heating, why not buy a heater that looks great in your home too.

    We’re not talking about the old fashioned chunky radiators, that look similar to your current ones.

    Or the storage heaters that you can move around the house. How about one that looks like a piece of art on your wall. Or could even be a feature in your kitchen? With the Harmony range from Climastar, you might not even realise the products are electric radiators.

    For example, the Fuji radiator comes in a Cashmere White finish, but you can customise it to a variety of finishes, so it can blend in with any wall colour. Or, you can even paint it to your own colour or mixture of colours to contrast with your decor.

    Take it one step further, and you can even superimpose your favourite image or photograph onto the Fuji heater. So your favourite place in the world can appear on your heater, which makes it as unique as you want it to be.

    Furthermore, if you like the Teide radiator product but you have a smaller space, then it can be manufactured to come in the shape of a square or as a vertical heater, as well as a curved panel.

    Basically, you can select your home heating system to benefit your house and to look good in it too.

    How To Size Your Radiator

    Electric Radiators come in many different sizes and outputs to heat the various rooms in your home. Obviously, your bathroom is smaller than your living room for example. And what size would you need for a home office or an open plan kitchen and diner?

    Firstly, each electric radiator has a heating element that transfers electrical energy from the mains power into heat energy.

    The wattage of an electric radiator tells you the maximum output of electrical power of the heating element.

    You may think that the higher the wattage, the more heat the radiator will provide. However, this isn’t always the case.

    For example, inefficient or poorly designed radiators may offer the high wattage, but cannot heat the space to your desired temperature. Older storage heaters are not very efficient.

    Hence, look for a modern electric radiator with a high wattage and a great design, like the Harmony range from Climastar UK.

    Each radiator converts every unit of electrical power into heat energy, which means they are 100% efficient at the point of use.

    As well as this, the way the front panel is made in the Harmony range makes the radiators efficient convectors to transfer heat across the entire room. Not just in a particular spot.

    Finding the right size electric radiator for your room depends on the space you are trying to heat.

    How big is the room and how well insulated is it? Find out the wattage of the space. Then, select a radiator that provides a high enough heat output to meet your heating requirements. So choose one with a heating element that matches or is above the wattage.

    For example, say your total wattage for one room is 1500W.

    You could either choose one heater that provides the exact wattage, or two heaters that equal it.

    A radiator with a lower wattage, say 1000W will not be good enough. If you go for the lower wattage option you may end up with higher running costs because your radiator has to work harder.

    Next, consider the space you are using. For example, if space is limited in a bathroom then you might want to choose a slimline range, which will free up space. Clearly, the radiator you choose for the bathroom will have a different wattage to the one you choose for your living room.

    Each space in your house has different heating requirements.

    That’s why electric radiators are so useful, because you can control the heating levels individually. Hence your home heating is more efficient.

    Once the room reaches temperature, the Harmony heaters drop their power and heat the room using the energy stored in the Silicon Battery.

    Therefore you are not wasting any energy at a high output if the temperature is already stable.

    How an Electric Radiator Can Save Money

    Did you know that for every 1 degree increase in temperature, your energy bill increases by up to 10%. Hence, to save energy and money on your bills, you need your home heating to stay as stable and accurate as possible.

    With electric heaters, you can set your temperature and keep it in place.

    Each Harmony radiator comes with a smart thermostat. Harmony thermostats have a precision of ±0.05˚C which means that the temperature will stay stable for a longer period of time.

    Other brands of heaters cannot achieve such accurate results.

    Ultimately, the more precise your heating is, the more energy efficient your home is. Hence in the long term, you are saving money on energy bills.

    Where To Place a Harmony Electric Radiator

    In the UK, most homes use gas central heating. We’re used to seeing traditional radiators, linked by unsightly pipes which appear throughout the house.

    Because electric heaters use electricity, there are no pipes or extra installations required. Essentially, you need a mains socket and some space. But where should you put it for maximum energy output?

    Perhaps you are looking for a stand alone heater or a wall mounted one. This will depend on how you intend to use it. If you want an electric heater as a top up source of heat to work alongside your current heating, then you probably want a free standing heater to move around.

    However, if you plan to use your electric heater as a single source for a room, then you might consider a wall panel heater. This will save you space and heat the room as efficiently as it is designed to.

    Harmony heaters are mounted onto the wall. As mentioned earlier, the design of the front panel means that heat can transfer into the room faster.

    An engineer from Climastar UK will come to your home and fit the radiator so it achieves its maximum level of efficiency in your home.

    Harmony heaters are even safe to install on wooden walls.

    Finally, you can request a free home survey from Climastar UK to see how a Harmony heating system can work in your home.

    We will take care of every stage of the process, from the initial survey, through manufacture to installation.

    Climastar UK experts can talk you through the Harmony heater products so you can decide which is the best one for the room.

    With the aim that your electric heating system will reduce your energy consumption. Thus reducing your energy bills.