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Making Savings: Electric Radiators

Making Savings: Electric Radiators

There are a variety of ways that you’re able to make savings with electric radiators, and not just in terms of the finances. Theres also things to consider around savings in terms of energy consumption too.

To start with, it’s shown to be cheaper to install electric radiators, whether that’s one or several, than an entire central heating system.

If you’re aiming at getting a new central heating system, you’ve got to think of the outlay around all of the individual components. Theres the central boiler itself (which can start from £500 to £1500 depending on your needs).

If it’s gas you’re looking at using, you’ve then got the cost of the installation with a gas expert which can be anywhere in the region of £3,000 – £4,000 for a 3 bed house. This can vary also dependent on location.

On top of this, you may be replacing a different style of boiler. For instance, if you are getting rid of a big conventional boiler with a water cylinder, and replacing it with a smaller combi boiler, then you may need some infrastructure and redundant pipework removed as well.

With electric heating, there are no pipes, no flooring to lift, no tanks or pumps. By comparison in some ways, electric heating is pretty much plug & play.

Although It’s worth noting here that some electric heaters must be hardwired directly into a socket by an electrician, depending on the style and model you buy.

Some standalone electric heaters can come in at just under £200. With this in mind cost can be brought down quite considerably.

Heat the Rooms You Use Not The Whole House

One of the main benefits of electric heating is that you can control each radiator independently. You can turn the heating on in one room, but it’s low or off in the rest of the house or in unused rooms. There are some parallels with this with central heating systems with adjustable and programmable radiator valves – but they still require a central boiler running at higher kW ratings.

This has been highlighted more recently (especially since 2020) with people spending a lot more time at home with hybrid working: heating the entire house while just working in one room can prove to be expensive. And what is happening with all of that wasted energy in unoccupied rooms?

The “Between” places

Also, the transient areas of your home need some consideration. Hallways, landings, and corridors between rooms often get overlooked in terms of heating – and if you’re in one room primarily then you may feel it’s a bit of a waste heating up these areas. However on the flip side you don’t want to be cold when moving between rooms either.

Tip: If you turn down your main thermostat by 1 degree, you can save around 10% on your energy bills. If everyone in Great Britain turned their thermostat down by 1 degree, we would reduce energy bills by £670 million, while saving 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.* (Source: Energy Saving Trust

Room Temperature Explained

When we talk about room temperature, we refer to the “ambient” temperature of a space, which is how warm or cold the air is within that area. This can be affected by a number of elements, e.g. such as how humid the room is. As a general rule; the greater the moisture content the air has, the more the air will hold warmth.

The best temperature settings will depend largely on you and your lifestyle, your health, and your age. We have some recommendations based on research from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Ideal home temperature

For the vulnerable and the elderly, it’s not recommended to have living areas that allow large changes in room temperatures. Age UK recommends main living areas for the elderly should be 21°C, and a background temperature of 18°C for other areas.

As a general recommendation for adults in good health, you should aim for a temperature that feels comfortable to you.

If you need further help and advice in terms of improving your heating, then take advantage of a free home survey with one of our expert Heating Consultants.

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