How Do Electric Radiators Work?

05/07/2019 /
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Electric heating is on the rise, but with so many electric heaters on the market, how does one choose the most efficient? Lots of electric products such as storage heaters, panel and convector heaters convect heat, and because heat rises, this provides uneven heat (between the top and bottom of a room) and less comfort. How do electric radiators work? In the same way as a gas central heating system, providing radiated heat, heat from a surface, this heats the room more evenly providing more comfort and a lower running cost.

Radiator Body (Aluminium)

Most traditional gas central heating systems use steel radiators. Aluminium is a far superior conductor of heat, dissipating the heat into the room quicker using minimal energy. However, not all aluminium electric radiators and heaters are the same. Make sure the body is made from more substantial cast aluminium and not lesser materials such as steel or lightweight extruded aluminium. See our previous blog on Aluminium electric radiators for more info.

Heating Elements

How do electric radiators work inside? Different technologies are available to heat the radiator body. We believe our ‘dry’ system of twin heating elements inside has the most advantages. It provides an even surface temperature to the aluminium body. An even surface temperature transmits quality radiated heat into the room for maximum comfort. No internal fluids or heavy ceramic provide a faster heat up time using minimum energy. Also, with our dry technology it means we can produce a very slim, attractive radiator design, such as our Curvo+, which is half the depth of fluid or ceramic examples.


Control plays a big part in ‘How do electric radiators work’, Accurate thermostats make sure there is no over heating or under heating of rooms. Plus, the ability to control each radiator/room individually with multi time, multi temperature, only heating the rooms when you need to. The idea for ‘how do electric radiators work’ is that you leave the radiators on all the time. The thermostat will dictate when the radiator needs to draw power. Leave them on a lower, ‘set back’ temperature at night or when you are out. This is more efficient than switching on & off, heating the room from cold.

How Do Electric Radiators Work?

How do electric radiators work? The answer lies with advances in materials, tolerances, technology and sophisticated electronics. A cast aluminium body with a large surface area, heated by dry technology heating elements providing a quality radiated heat, coupled with the use of modern materials and control second to none. The flexibility and availability of electric and the choice to shop around for your supplier to provide lower cost and low carbon energy. All making electricity the heating of the future. For more info visit our website or call (01845) 595945.