Winter is just around the corner, which is when we all start planning to heat our homes. The most important thing is to use efficient electric heating appliances for your home. Check out the ultimate guide to electric heating to help you choose the best option for you and your home.
We need to choose the appliances that suit our needs and are affordable. Achieving warm houses with low running costs is not an easy feat. Electric heating is a low cost way of heating your home this winter.
Some homes in the UK don’t have mains gas. If this is the case for you, then you could use electricity to heat your home. Virtually every household in the UK has access to the electricity grid, but if you don’t then electric heating is an option to consider.
We begin with the tubular heaters. These compact and tubular-shaped heaters are particularly suited for prolonged heating of an area. It has low running costs. These heaters will cost as little as half a pence per hour, depending on your usage type.
The tubular heaters’ design is very compact and can easily fit into any area you want. Also, a wide variety of sizes ranging from 1 to 6 feet of tubular heaters are available. These heaters usually come in power outputs ranging from 60-360KW.
The heating elements in the convection heater heats the surrounding air. This hot air rises and circulates before the cooler air replaces it. The cooler air is then heated up.
This cycle is continued until the entire space is thoroughly heated and warmed up. Conventional heaters are silent when being used. However, they can even rack up your electric charges depending on your usage. Therefore, make sure you don’t use the heater for prolonged constant hours.
Portable radiators are usually filled with oil. They look very similar to fixed radiators. These fixed radiators are important part of gas or oil central heating systems. The best part is that these are portable and can be plug in directly to the mains.
These heaters work on a convection basis and heat the air around before the colder air replaces it. Later, making the entire room warm. These are generally heavy and sturdy and so offer a safe to use portable heating option. These heaters are thermostatically controlling. But are slow to heat up and respond according to the various temperature adjustments.
These heaters use electromagnetic radiation to create heat and direct it outwards via a shield. They are one of the quickest types of heaters, that easily warm up your house.
The only concern is that using infrared heaters may raise your electric charges if used for prolonged hours. These types of heaters are famous for outdoor settings such as patios.
Unlike other heaters, which take time to warm up the area, fan heaters provide heat instantly. Though they are a little noisy compared to other heaters.
The only drawback while using the fan heaters is that they have limitations. In which it doesn’t allow the usage of heaters in wet and humid conditions. They also come with a safety risk. Which states that the heater should not be left unattended if not used properly.
Finally, modern storage heaters are a form of electric heating. Typically, modern storage heaters will come with thermostats, remote controls, programmable timers and fans to dispense the heat.
They retain more heat than traditional models. This means that they won’t use all of the heat that has been saved up during the day. Therefore, this makes the evenings warm and not cold. One of the most popular models we sell is the Dimplex Quantum Storage Heaters.
The type of electric heating you choose all depends on your requirements. If you have a small home and only want to heat it in the evenings, then you have several options to choose from.
Mentioned below are some key points you should consider when choosing your house’s most suitable electric heating:
– Only heating single rooms
– The air temperature changes per hour are relatively high
– Well-sealed and well-insulated homes
– How long you need the heating for
For example, if you are only wanting to heat your bathroom for a short period of time, then we would recommend a portable radiator or tublar heaters. They work best for a bathroom as it is a small, compact area.
If you are looking for an alternative for your heating, then electric heating might be for you. However, it can be expensive as we discussed during the article and you might want to look into other sources to heat your home. Feel free Contact Us at IPF Electrical if you have any questions.
Do you want to find out more about electric heating? Check out our article, What is Electric Heating?.