It has been a long-held belief by many people that electric heating is a more costly option than using other fuels, particularly gas. While it is certainly true that gas is generally cheaper than electricity, the long-term benefits of installing electric radiators far outweigh those initial costs.
Additionally, when compared to many other European countries, the UK enjoys lower electricity prices. Indeed, out of all of the countries which are members of the EU, the United Kingdom pays the fourth-lowest price for its electricity.
For landlords, facilities managers and owners of businesses such as hotels and boarding houses, keeping the cost of commodities such as gas and electricity as low as possible is paramount. Installing electric radiators throughout a property is not only extremely cost-effective, but is also a very eco-friendly move.
There is no energy wastage with electric heaters. Unlike a boiler-based heating system, where energy can escape through the flue, 100% of the electricity used to power an electric radiator is converted into heat. This ensures that less energy is required to run an electric radiator, saving on long-term running costs.
Another cost-effective benefit which electric radiators bring to the table is the ability to be able to control the temperature in different rooms individually, rather than from one central control point.
The initial installation of electric radiators is simple and relatively cheap. The biggest advantage is that this type of radiator does not require the laying of any pipe-work. As long as there are plenty of power points available, installation is quick, stress-free and painless.
This is especially advantageous for those who are completely renovating a property, where there are often enough other problems to overcome. The absence of pipe-work also means that the ongoing maintenance of this type of heating system is straightforward and highly cost-effective. It is often the case that little maintenance is actually required anyway.
As electric radiators have virtually no moving parts, there is little that can wear out or break down. On average, electric heating systems last 50% longer than their gas counterparts.
Energy of the Future
The matter of health and safety is an important one in all aspects of life. For commercial ventures, such as boarding houses and hotels, that importance is magnified still further.
As electric radiators do not burn any internal fuel, there is no risk of explosions or poisoning from carbon-monoxide fumes. Additionally, there is no chance of pipes bursting or radiators leaking - a scenario that can be quite devastating in properties that are left empty during the winter period.
There is little doubt that electricity is going to be the major form of energy in the future. Energy companies are investing heavily in new forms of electricity production, such as solar panels, wind farms and tidal energy.
Clean and environmentally friendly, electricity is the one form of energy that does not harm the planet. There has never been a better time to switch to electrically powered radiators to heat your property.