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Electric Central Heating
Electric Central Heating

Author: Dino Loizou, Date: 28-11-2012

Electric Central Heating: Five Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking of installing electric central heating, you may have a few questions you would like to ask.  Modern electric central heating is an efficient and clean way of heating your home, but it’s natural to have queries about how it works, and whether it’s right for your home. 

Here are just a few of those frequently asked questions, to help you cut through the jargon:

  1. What is the difference between wet and dry electric central heating systems?

There are two main electric central heating systems: wet and dry. A ‘dry’ electric radiator system uses oil or water filled radiators which are heated electronically from the mains supply. A ‘wet’ system uses water heated through an electric boiler, which is then pumped through a system of radiators or under floor heating.

  1. How easy is it to control the heat emitted from radiant electric heating?

As opposed to storage heaters, many modern electric radiators now offer timer controls to give you just the same level of control over when your heating is activated as you would have with a traditional gas central heating system.  Some systems also offer whole house controls, or zonal controls, to allow you to completely manage your heating.

  1. Is there a halfway point between storage heaters and radiant electric heating?

Yes, radiators are now becoming available which have some element of heat storage, as well as radiant heating.  This is a great compromise between having to predict the weather somewhat in order to effectively use storage heaters, but at the same time being able to take advantage of the cheaper electricity tariffs available, something which isn’t always possible with radiant electric heating, as these radiators heat and cool almost instantaneously, meaning that electricity has to be used whenever it is needed, not just when it is at its cheapest.

  1. Is electric heating suitable for bathrooms and conservatories?

Electric heating is ideal for conservatories, as modern building regulations do not allow existing gas or oil heating systems to be extended into a new conservatory.  Electric radiators, however, can be installed on an individual basis to overcome this problem. For bathrooms, specially designed electric towel rails can be installed, or alternatively, why not think about electric under floor heating?

  1. How easy are electric radiators to install and maintain?

The simple answer to this question is that installation and maintenance of electric central heating is very easy. They can be installed by qualified electricians within a day, with little disruption. What’s more, most electric radiators come with a long warranty, for added peace of mind.