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Whether you’re shifting towards going all electric at home, have a room that you don’t want to spend a lot of money getting hooked up to your central heating, or have an office space that needs a little extra to take a chill out of the air, you’ll be looking for a new electric radiator.
As the UK’s leading online store for radiators of all shapes and sizes, we have an unbeatable range of electric radiators on offer that suits all budgets and styles.
We’re helping thousands of customers across the country get a reliable electric radiator that will fit in perfectly and won’t see them wasting money on energy either.
Shop the range today and see what electric radiator fits in your space.
What Rooms Need Electric Radiators?
We always recommend getting an electric radiator when you have a room that your central heating can’t quite reach. You don’t want to get into a headache figuring out how to get plumbing reconfigured. That’s why a simple plug in would be best.
It is very common to see electric radiators in loft conversions, conservatories and anywhere in holiday homes.
Electric Radiator Brands
There are several brands we have that sell electric radiators.
If you’re looking for an unbeatable price on a new electric radiator, you might want to have a look at the Trade Direct range. We’ve used our decades of knowledge when it comes to all thing radiators to create a small range that is a great budget option.
Electric Radiator Styles
Pretty much most of the radiators you’ll find on site can be adapted for an electric system. The most popular ones that customers look at for their homes are the electric panel radiators and electric cast iron radiators.
Panel (Convector) radiators provide that simple look for anyone who wants a radiator that does a good job with minimal fuss. While the cast iron style is becoming more popular with customers looking for a spark of personality in their radiators. If you’re getting new electric radiators for somewhere like a restaurant, café or salon, have a good look at the cast iron offerings as there may be some styles that would work fantastically with your interior.
How do Electric Radiators Work?
A regular radiator is hooked up to your central heating system. When the boiler gets going, hot water passes through all the radiators and, hey presto, your room is toasty.
With electric radiators, you’ll have a filling inside the radiator, usually water or oil. When plugged in, a heating element gets the filling warm, and the radiator works like normal.
What are the Benefits of having an Electric Radiator?
The first thing to note is that electric radiators are 100% efficient. Every single bit of energy you put in has to be used to generate heat.
They can also save maintenance time. Because most will contain a thermodynamic fluid, you don’t need to bleed the radiator. And when one stops working, you’ll know it is specifically that radiator which has a problem and not something within your entire central heating system.
How hot can Electric Radiators get?
Electric radiators get as warm as you want. Every radiator has a maximum heat output and reach which is measured in BTU. You can see with every radiator on the site the BTU rating it has.
If you know what BTU you need, you can go ahead and pick whatever radiator looks best. If you’re looking at a new space like a loft conversion, you should use our heating calculator.
You’ll need to know the dimensions of the space, and we’ll help calculate what BTU you’d ideally want to keep the space toasty all year long.
Does Trade Radiators have Electric Towel Rails?
Yes, we do. Our towel rails can be wall mounted which comes in handy when you’ve got a space like a bathroom where you’d want to fuse in higher up on the ceiling and don’t want exposed plugs.
What Finish can Electric Radiators come in?
It depends on the make and model of the radiator you buy. With something like our towel rails or panel radiators, you may be limited if the manufacturer has already put a finish on themselves. Some of the electric cast iron radiators on offer can be primed so you can put your spin on how it will look.
Electric Radiator Accessories
To help make it as efficient as possible, we have some accessories to make factors like temperature control and when your electric radiators come on, go smoothly. We have smart thermostatic elements (in both chrome and white) as well as a remote control with an anti-freeze function and boost.
Delivering Electric Radiators across the UK
Depending on the radiator type, we will aim to deliver your radiator as quickly as possible. Because electric radiators are made to order, we need an extra day to fill the radiator and get it ready.
With free delivery around the UK and our price promise, we guarantee you’ll be happy with your new radiator once it's up and running.
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.
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.
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?'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.