Some of the most common questions homeowners ask themselves when thinking about upgrading their heating system are usually about costs. We’ll review the most popular questions we receive – from how much electric radiators cost, how much does it cost to run an electric radiator, and whether you can expect to save money by investing in an electric heating system like ELKAtherm.
How much do electric radiators cost?
There’s a range of prices for electric radiators, and like many things, how much you invest initially will have a big impact on your wallet later on. While it’s certainly possible to purchase cheaper electric heaters online, they simply won’t have the same quality of materials required to keep your home warm in the most cost effective way as German manufactured radiators do.
Choosing a top of the line brand like ELKAtherm will keep your home warm and running costs low due to its super dense ceramic fireclay core. The element is directly embedded into this ceramic core (preventing air gaps and moisture which can lead to corrosion) and provides you with rapid heat for your home. The fluted design of the radiator means you get five times more surface area. The radiated heat spreads convected warmth around the room so you won’t be left with cold spots. Because of these efficiencies, once your radiator is up to temperature it will typically draw between 15-17 minutes of electricity per hour to top up the core and maintain the temperature of the room (more on this later).
We offer a complete turnkey service for our customers. This means we will remove your existing heating and hot water system and dispose of it environmentally, complete all associated electrical works and upgrades, and supply and install your new heating system. Our radiator prices range from anywhere between £800 to £1800, inclusive of VAT and all the works described above.
Of course, everyone’s home and situation is different, so we would always need to carry out a full free survey of your property first before we could provide an accurate quote. This way we can measure each room and calculate the correct size radiator required to efficiently heat the space.
How much does it cost to run an electric radiator?
Like most heating companies, we can never guarantee exactly how much it will cost to run an electric radiator. How much it costs to heat your home is dependent on a variety of things, such as the type of insulation in your property, how warm you want your rooms to be and the unpredictability of British weather, so it’s difficult to say for certain what it will cost. We will always do our best to provide you with a realistic estimate of future running costs during your free home survey so that you have an idea of what to expect.
Generally, someone switching from gas central heating to electric heating will be different than someone switching from night storage heaters to a more modern, cost-effective electric radiator like ELKAtherm. We have found that customers coming off an economy 7 tariff save about a third off of their energy bills.
Top brands like ELKAtherm are much more energy efficient and cost-effective than gas central heating due to its ability to maintain heat in the core of the radiator. Whereas gas radiators lose heat rapidly after the heat has been switched off, electric radiators retain their heat. Our independent tests show that with an outside temperature of 6 degrees, your ELKAtherm radiator would only need to be on for 30% of the time to maintain 21 degrees in your room.
Each radiator is independently controlled, so you don’t need to heat rooms that you’re not using. To give you an idea of running costs, in a well-insulated property, a 2KW lounge radiator will cost around 8p per hour to run, even on a very cold winter’s day.
Will I save money switching to ELKAtherm electric heating?
This depends on your personal circumstances. In our experience, if you’re currently using electric heating (like night storage heaters) switching to an ELKAtherm electric heating system will definitely save you money, provided it’s properly installed – which is why we always offer a turnkey service that includes supplying and fitting the correct radiator for each room in your home. Some of our clients have even found that the running costs are comparable to gas central heating.
You will certainly save money on the upkeep of the system as ELKAtherm radiators require absolutely no maintenance or servicing. Whereas most wet systems and heat pumps require regular maintenance and upkeep which can cost you hundreds of pounds each year, your ELKAtherm radiators will continue to run seamlessly long after they’ve been installed.
What are the environmental costs of electric radiators?
Now more than ever, we all need to be asking what the environmental costs are when choosing a heating system for our home.
Heating a home accounts for 65% of a family’s total energy use, so it’s essential that you find a heating solution that is right for your home and our planet. Choosing to heat your home with electric radiators, paired with a 100% green electricity tariff or a renewable energy source like solar panels, means your system will not be powered by something that produces greenhouse gasses and will help reduce climate change.
Not only can ELKAtherm radiators deliver sustainable, eco-friendly heat, they’re also fully recyclable. This means that once your radiator has outlived its very long life, our manufacturer can recycle it for future use.
If you’d like to learn more about our electric radiators or receive a quote for your home, then the next step is to book your free home survey. During your survey, we can tell you more about the running costs you can expect for your home and provide you with a quote. To book your free home survey, call us on 0800 808 5816 or submit the form on this page.