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Glossary of Central Heating Terms
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A Guide to Electric Radiators
A Guide to Electric Radiators
Discover the future of efficient and convenient heating with electric radiators, as we delve into their benefits and features that make them a popular choice for modern living.
A Guide to Cast Iron Radiators
A Guide to Cast Iron Radiators
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The ultimate guide to choosing a heated towel rail
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The Top 5 High Output Vertical Radiators
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Our top 5 radiators for wide spaces
For those with large houses, spaces or rooms, a common issue is finding a radiator of an adequate size to fill the wall and heat the space. We discuss the widest radiators in our catalogue here.
Benefits of Aluminium Radiators
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Our top 5 most efficient aluminium radiators
Our top 5 most efficient aluminium radiators
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A Guide to Towel Radiators
A Guide to Towel Radiators
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A Guide to Bathroom Radiators
A Guide to Bathroom Radiators
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Are radiator valves universal?
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Electric Radiator FAQs
Are electric radiators efficient for heating a room?

Electric radiators can be efficient for heating a room, as they provide almost instant heat as they don't require a boiler or have the time lag to heat the water that heats the pipes to power the radiator. They are also easily installed, can be zoned, so you can just heat specific rooms, and they usually have thermostatic controls, ensuring the heater only operates when necessary.

It is worth considering, though, that the cost of electricity can be higher than that of other energy sources, such as gas, resulting in higher operating costs and potentially a larger carbon footprint. It is also worth noting that the efficiency of an electric radiator may decrease in larger spaces. It's crucial to choose an appropriately sized radiator for the room. Use our heating calculator if you are unsure.

How do I choose the right size electric radiator for my room?

Choosing the right size electric radiator for your room is essential to ensuring effective heating. The required output depends on factors such as the room's dimensions, insulation, and type of room. Check out our heating calculator to help you figure it out.

Can electric radiators be used as the primary heating source in a home?

In short, yes, electric radiators can be used as the primary heating source in a home, especially in areas where access to a central heating system or gas supply may be challenging. They are an effective stand-alone heating solution, as listed in the section above, 'Are electric radiators efficient for heating a room?'

What are the advantages of electric towel radiators over central heating models?

Electric towel radiators are available in the same wide range of styles and finishes as their central heating counterparts, but they can offer the following key advantages: they operate independently of central heating systems, have a rapid response time, and are easily installed. Smart controls, such as programmable elements and timer controls, allow for precise control over energy consumption.

Are electric radiators cost-effective in the long run?

This can depend on various factors, including the cost of electricity in your region, the efficiency of the electric radiators you select, and how well you manage and control their usage. Taking into account the following points should help you evaluate its cost-effectiveness:

Energy savings can be brought about by choosing electric radiators with high efficiency due to the material they are made from or the features they contain, such as programmable thermostats. This allows for setting preferred temperatures, utilising timers, and avoiding the use of unnecessary rooms.

Separate from the radiator, it is worth considering how well insulated your room is. The less hard an electric radiator has to work, the less it will cost to run. Where will the power come from that is powering it? If it is integrated with renewable energy sources such as solar panels, this can reduce usage costs.

How easy is it to install an electric radiator?

Installing an electric radiator is a relatively straightforward process, provided you have basic DIY skills and the correct tools. Here's a brief overview:

1. Select a suitable location for the electric radiator near an electrical point. Be sure to allow proper clearance for airflow and avoid obstructing the radiator with furniture or curtains.

2. Use a spirit level and a pencil to mark the position of the mounting brackets on the wall.

3. Drill and use suitable raw plugs for the type of wall.

4. Attach the mounting brackets to the wall using screws.

5. Hang the electric radiator on the mounting brackets.

6. If the electric radiator comes with a cable and plug, simply plug it into the nearest electrical outlet. If it requires a connection to the electrical supply, it's advisable to hire a qualified electrician to ensure proper wiring and compliance with electrical codes.

Always refer to the specific manufacturer's instructions provided with the electric radiator. These instructions will provide guidance on installation steps and any model-specific considerations.

What maintenance is required for electric radiators?

Electric radiators generally require less maintenance than their traditional central heating system counterparts. There are, however, routine tasks and considerations we would recommend to ensure optimal performance and longevity:

Regular cleaning of the radiator can eliminate dust and debris that accumulate on the surface, affecting its heat distribution.

Make sure there are no obstructions in front of or around the radiator that could impede airflow. Adequate airflow is essential for efficient heat distribution.

Ensure that the room where the electric radiator is installed has adequate ventilation. Good ventilation helps prevent overheating and aids efficient operation.

Periodically, check the controls and connections. If you see anything amiss, it is always advised to consult a qualified electrician.

Can electric towel radiators be left on continuously?

Although electric towel radiators can be left on continuously, which is not recommended in the case of single-heat elements, it's not always necessary and may not be the most efficient use of energy.

Obviously, being continually on means continuous energy consumption and higher energy bills. You can help navigate this by utilising the timers and programmes that most elements have built in. Turning the radiator on a short time before you need it can be an effective way to use energy more efficiently. Or have it run for 2 hours over night when electricity is cheap to dry your towels.

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Making Your Selection

We recommend the following when looking for the perfect radiator:


  • Consider the size of the room, as larger spaces will likely require radiators with a higher heat output or maybe even multiple radiators in some cases. If unsure, try our heating calculator, which will help narrow down your search.

  • If the available wall space is minimal, consider a vertical radiator to maximise this, or even look at the spaces under windows if that is an option.

  • If you're looking for a specific aesthetic, there are various styles and colours available that will match in with your interior.

  • Efficiency is also a key factor, especially when it comes to keeping a handle on heating bills, so look for energy-efficient models that save both energy and money; these are often aluminium, low-water-content radiators.

  • Additionally, explore practical features such as smart heating options or dual-fuel towel radiators for bathrooms, so you can dry towels through the summer without having to turn the heating on.

  • With consideration for the above, you can confidently make a selection that best utilises space, complements your decor, and meets your heating requirements.
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