Heating only one room in my home: what are my options?

07/08/2019 /
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Electric Radiator Solutions Team

How To Heat Just One Room Of My Home

As we all know, it can be extremely expensive heating an entire home or office space, and it hurts even more when an unused space is being heated unnecessarily, especially with extensions becoming more and more popular.

It’s important to find the right heating source for you and your space. Below are some pros and cons of the most popular choices of heating systems.

Portable heaters

Pros

The good thing about portable heaters, is that you can easily relocate them to heat the exact area you want. This means you can pop it into the room you’re currently using and it will heat that room alone, unlike a gas central heating system which heats the whole home unnecessarily. This will reduce your costs; avoiding wasting power heating rooms not in use. 

A portable heater uses simple on/off functions, so power is only being used when the system is on. Many portable heaters offer basic temperature settings so you can adjust the temperature to your needs.

There are also portable heaters available that have sensors incorporated to automatically turn the system off once it has reached the desired temperature, to conserve energy usage.

Portable heaters can be pretty cheap to buy, which means even if one malfunctions, it is easily replacement without burning a hole in your pocket.

Cons

There are dangers associated with portable heaters. There have been many incidents of portable heaters causing fires and electric shocks to users. Although they are limited to heating sole rooms and so not wasting energy on unused rooms, the actual system is not geared towards being energy efficient rendering them expensive to run meaning energy bills can soar.

We also mentioned that some portable heaters come with basic thermostats installed however these usually tend to be relatively inaccurate, again making for higher electricity bills. 

Portable heaters also tend not to have a long lifespan and are therefore not usually a preferred choice for a long term heating source.

Gas radiators

Pros

Gas central heating systems have been the most common heating choice in homes in the UK for many years. As extensions become easier to build, it is important to note that existing central heating can be incorporated into the renovation plans. 

Gas radiators are seen to be convenient, which is why they are a popular choice. They can generally be cost effective and can be controlled easily with a thermostat. There is the capability to turn radiators off in particular rooms so you are only using heat in the rooms in use, however heat still circulates within the system which means cost wise this isn’t very effective.

Cons

Although gas central heating has been a popular choice for many years, and may seem like the most convenient heating solution, there are many drawbacks that can be easily overlooked. If you are building an extension and looking at extending your central heating system, it is worth doing some research around this first. Installing further plumbing can be costly, as you will need to hire a professional to carry this work out. Not only this but the installation can be rather invasive and can easily damage existing decor, which again, can heighten your expenses. 

Adding extra radiators to one heating system can also significantly overwork your boiler resulting in further repair work. If the boiler does break down, that means your whole house is without heat. Also, with having heat coming from the boiler (one source) it can take a long time for heat to reach different rooms.

Electric radiators

Pros

There are many advantages with installing electric radiators into your home, extension or office space. 

Electric radiators can be installed within minutes, by simply drilling some holes, mounting them onto a wall and plugging them into a socket, which eliminates hefty installation costs from a professional. Additionally, if you are considering building an extension, this also means you don’t have to mess about with extending any existing heating systems or plumbing, as you would with gas.

Electric radiators offer independent heating solutions, which results in the ability to heat rooms separately. You can simply turn on the radiator in the room you are using, without the concern that you are wasting heat, heating the rest of the home too.

Another money saving bonus that comes with electric radiators is the energy efficiency it provides. Unlike other heating systems, heat isn’t wasted and so you are only paying for the warmth you actually get to enjoy, all while contributing to keeping our planet and environment healthy. As they don’t emit any dangerous pollutants, you’re also keeping you and your family free from such toxins.

Electric radiators are extremely reliable in terms of maintenance and damages. If in the unlikely circumstance that your electric radiator is in need of repair, it’s only that one radiator than needs it, minimising costs, in comparison to a whole system like a boiler. You can still have heat in your home while that one radiator is repaired.

As with all new technology, smart electric radiators offer futuristic options such as Wifi/bluetooth connection so you can alter your settings remotely, even when you’re not in the house. They offer precision heating so you can be sure your space is the exact temperature you’d like. You can choose from a huge range of designs and styles, that can also be incorporated into almost any area, maximising space within a room.

Cons

As it says in the name, electric radiators source their power from your electricity mains. Although it’s pretty uncommon in this day and age, power cuts are the only real con to electric heaters. However, this is usually a downfall that doesn’t last long, and because of how quickly electric radiators generate their heat, you shouldn’t be in the cold for very long, especially when you compare that to a boiler breakdown and waiting for a maintenance man to get out to you. Most modern heating solutions however, including gas central heating, also rely on electricity to power the boiler and so will also run into the issue of powercuts.

The average cost of electricity per kWh is 14.37p, and the average gas cost per kWh is 3.80p. It’s easy to assume that this means an electric radiator heating system is much higher to run than a gas central heating system. However, when you look at the overall costs of installation, maintenance and durability, electric radiators are actually much more cost effective. Not only that, but gas central heating systems waste a lot of energy and heat, so you actually end up paying more than what you actually use. Electric heating systems are extremely energy efficient and you only pay for the heat you use!

There are many options for heating your home, and in particular ways in which you can heat one room at a time, so it’s important to do your research. Electric radiators offer the most positives for majority of buyers. Get in touch with the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Electric Radiator Solutions to find out more!