Are you thinking about setting up a new heating system in your home? Perhaps you are looking at properties right now and torn between what heating system you want in your new house. You might already be leaning towards installing German electric radiators in your property. But before you do, it is worth exploring the other heating options that you can consider.Request a FREE info pack and home survey today
German manufactured electric radiators are clean, attractive, easy to install, with virtually no maintenance, and are cost effective to own and run. They also come with a 25 year warranty.
Spot Heaters are called this because they are designed to heat a ‘cold spot’ in a room not the whole space. Spot heaters can include: fan heaters, two bar electric fires, oil and gel filled radiators, wall panel heaters and cheap convectors. You can tell that a heater is a spot heater because it gives out heat very quickly but when it’s turned off it gets cold very quickly too (and so is the air around it). This requires the spot heater to constantly draw power from the mains to maintain heat, making them cheap to buy but very expensive to run. A note of caution, do not use a spot heater to heat the whole space in a room – your bills will be enormous.
Night storage heaters
Night storage heaters are virtually impossible to control. They give out the maximum heat first thing in the morning when people tend to be most active and by the end of the day, when you wish to relax, there’s little heat left inside them. They run on a tariff called Economy 7 or Super Tariff which means cheaper electricity at night but very expensive during the day (typically over 25% more than ’standard tariffs’). This makes all your daytime electricity very expensive. It’s also virtually impossible to switch suppliers, thus you’re unable to take advantage of the market and better deals elsewhere.
Storage heaters have very large kW as they need to try to store heat over the charging period and are switched on for seven hours, whether it’s needed or not. They don’t have room thermostats, so they can’t react to the outside temperature, and they don’t convect so often people complain of cold feet and hot ceilings. Many people install shelves over the top of their storage heaters in a vain attempt to stop them getting dirt from the top of the storage heater. This indicates how storage heaters are dirty and give a warm air heat that people find oppressive as it dries the air.
Gas and oil heating systems have their own disadvantages. Firstly, you need to be connected to the gas grid and that is not always possible in rural areas. Although oil fired heating can work in these locations, it still requires having oil tanks, pumps and piping just to get to your property. Both systems need piping to run round the home and connecting this to a central boiler. Piping looks awful and particularly ugly when running over solid floors across skirtings and down walls. There’s also a risk of possible leaks, noisy pipes and repairs, including general maintenance to boilers.
Choosing to have a boiler installed and fitted by North East Heating Solutions means you’ll get hot water in sufficient quantities, on demand and for a fraction of the cost. Our solutions for hot water are a pressurised system, so a header tank is not required. We can fit the boiler in just a day and use the existing pipework so there will be no upheaval or re-decorating in your home. It’s quick, simple, efficient and comes with a 10 year guarantee.
In all cases where storage heaters are currently installed and there is a hot water tank, the water inside is heated by a combination of two or even three immersions. One is on the economy 7 overnight tariff and one is on ‘boost’ which is connected to the 24 hour tariff. A well insulated water tank does not need to have water heated for seven hours. It usually only needs an hour in the morning and maybe an hour in the evening, this is because we just don’t use anywhere near the hot water we used to do as all modern appliances have a cold water feed. As such, we always fit an immersion timer into your tank. This ensures plenty of hot water for your home and saves energy, money and is more environmentally friendly than heating water on an economy 7 tariff.
A combi boiler heats water on demand. When our customers wish to get rid of their gas heating system, then we simply replace the combi with a hot water tank that is heated by immersion. These tanks are the most well insulated boilers available and only need a short time on the immersion to provide sufficient hot water for the whole family, day and night.
Upgrading your combi to an immersion boiler means you’ll no longer need to wait for hot water to come out of the tap or experience dramatic temperature changes when someone uses water in another part of the house.
Once again in most circumstances you will have a separate hot water tank. This is simply converted to immersion heating with a timer. Simple, cheap and effective.
We’re a family business that supply and fit cost-effective and eco-friendly electric heating solutions across the whole region. You can find our German manufactured radiators in homes and commercial spaces in Peterborough all the way to the Scottish Borders. Click here to see if we cover your area.
Our customers enjoy a warm home, suited to their needs, and say they save up to a third on their energy bills.
Our radiators are all time and temperature controlled. You can choose thermostatic controls from simple to wifi with an app.
Our radiators require no maintenance and come with a 25 year manufacturer's guarantee and 4 year guarantee on the replaceable thermostat.
No mess, no muddy boots, no pipework and no maintenance – our installations are stress free.