Modern Electric Radiators

09/06/2017 /
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Electric heating used to suffer from a bad reputation going back to the convector heaters of the 1970’s. Modern Electric Radiators however are now leading the way in how we heat our homes and workplaces. Read on to find out why.

Old Convectors

Convectors do exactly what they say on the tin, they heat through convection, and most of the older types were like a rectangular tin can on the wall, with an ‘envelope’ opening near the top for the hot air to escape. Some had simple on and off settings. Others had cheap mechanical thermostats which switched them off when they got too hot and back on when cooled down.

These convectors used a lot of electric and gave out a very uncomfortable heat. Convected heat rises giving high temperatures at the top of the room and low temperatures at the bottom of the room, resulting in cold feet. Also, convected heat is very dry. Poor distribution of heat, with convected heat rising, leads to overconsumption and high running costs.

Some improvements have been made with convectors over the years. More expensive models now have electronic thermostats and improved heating elements. However, the design is similar to the original, with a grill or envelope opening for the hot air to escape. Some are described as ‘radiators’ but are not true ‘electric radiators’ due to the high levels of convected heat emitted.

Outdated Storage Heaters

Storage heaters were the staple form of electric heating for years. They were invented after the second world war when it was found to be more efficient leaving power stations running all night. Storage heaters created a demand for overnight power. The design and principle of storage heaters hasn’t changed over the years. Their many disadvantages including:

  • Storage heaters can only heat when charged up the night before meaning you have to predict when you will need heat
  • Storage heaters suffer from a serious lack of control
  • Heat is emmited all day when most people are not there
  • There is no heat left in an evening when it is needed most
  • Storage heaters are heavy and bulky with a poor quality of heat

Modern Electric Radiators

Modern Electric Radiators such as the Curvo+ offer the same quality of heat as a central heating system, but with greater controllability. When choosing modern electric radiators choose products with the following features:

Cast Aluminium Body to give a high percentage of radiated heat, giving an even temperature in the room.

Accurate Digital Thermostat. To maintain an accurate temperature in the room

Integral 24/7 programming enabling different temperatures for different times of day.

Other useful features of our electric radiators include motion sensors, window open detectors and energy counters. All of these will increase energy efficiency and reduced running costs.

As the UK moves away from traditional fossil fuels to more secure low carbon heating, electric is increasingly becoming an environmentally friendly option. Electricity can be produced from renewable sources such as solar or wind, making energy efficient electric radiators an eco-friendly heating solution.

At Electric Radiator Solutions, we are dedicated to producing the most energy efficient electric radiators for customers throughout the UK. Having the best heating system installed in your home means you will not only benefit from the latest in heating technology but also lower your energy bills. We are happy to offer help and advice in order to assist our customers in finding the best energy suppliers for their needs, contact our friendly team today.